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IMG with FIGCAPTION Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: January 11, 2020

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 20 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        <figure>
            <img src='1234.png'>
            <figcaption>Violet, taken on 12/11/2010.</figcaption>
        </figure>
    

Reliability Trend

This graph shows reliability over time for this code in NVDA, JAWS and Voiceover. Other screen readers don't have enough historical data yet to plot trends.

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Change History

Last updated: January 11, 2020

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2019.2FF68 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2019.2IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2018.4IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 ReadingCaption not read, and Image ignored.
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure end.
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 ReadingCaption not read, and Image ignored.
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure end.
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 18.0.5038FF52 ReadingCaption not read, and Image ignored.
OK JAWS 18.0.5038IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingCaption not read, and Image ignored.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingCaption read twice Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Group end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingCaption read twice Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingCaption read twice Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 ReadingCaption read twice Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Figure Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 ReadingReads out meaningless filename and FIGCAPTION. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. End of, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure.
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 ReadingReads out meaningless filename and FIGCAPTION. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. End of, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure.
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 ReadingReads out meaningless filename and FIGCAPTION. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010, figure, with 2 items. One two three four PNG, image.
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One two three four PNG image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One two three four PNG image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One two three four PNG image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image. Violet, taken on twelve slash eleven slash two thousand and ten.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 11.4Safari iOS 11.4TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image. Violet, taken on twelve slash eleven slash two thousand and ten.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 10.3Safari iOS 10.3TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image. Violet, taken on twelve slash eleven slash two thousand and ten.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image, Violet, taken on twelve slash eleven slash two thousand and ten.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image, Violet, taken on twelve slash eleven slash two thousand and ten.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image, Violet, taken on twelve, eleven, twenty ten.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Violet, taken on twelve, eleven, two thousand and ten.
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Violet, taken on twelve, eleven, twenty ten.

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Test notes

All tests were carried out with screen reader factory settings. JAWS in particular has a wide variety of settings controlling exactly what gets spoken.

Screen readers allow users to interact in different modes, and can produce very different results in each mode. The modes used in these tests are:

In the «What the user hears» column: