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applet inside figure with figcaption element Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 5 screen reader / browser combinations

If nothing is displayed for the applet (because the browser doesn't support applets) then there is no non-text content needing an alternative.

Code used for this test:


        
        <figure>
            <applet code='appletComponentArch.DynamicTreeApplet' archive='https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/deployment/applet/examples/dist/applet_ComponentArch_DynamicTreeDemo/DynamicTreeDemo.jar' width='300' height='300'>
                <param name='permissions' value='sandbox'></param>
            </applet>
            <figcaption>Figure caption for applet</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.

100%80%60%40%20%0%2015100%201683%201783%201888%201988%202088%2021100%

Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2021.2Chrome 94 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content say>Grouping caption, figure caption for applet. Out of grouping.
OK NVDA 2021.2FF91 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption, figure caption for applet. Out of figure.
OK NVDA 2021.2Edge 94 ReadingEdge does not support applets, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Grouping caption, figure caption for applet. Out of grouping.
OK NVDA 2020.2Chrome 86 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption, figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2020.2FF78 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption, figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2020.2Edge 92 ReadingEdge does not support applets, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption, figure caption for applet. Out of figure.
OK NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2019.2FF68 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION is read out. Embedded object. Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION is read out. Embedded object. Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION is read out. Embedded object. Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Clickable button. A plugin is needed to display this content. Button, hide plugin. Figure caption for applet.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION is read out. Embedded object. Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2015.2FF38 Reading Embedded object, clickable. Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION is read out. Embedded object. Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12Chrome 94 Reading Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12FF91 Reading Figure caption for applet, figure. Figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet, figure end.
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12Edge 94 Reading Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
Fail JAWS 2020.2008.24Chrome 86 ReadingNothing voiced - caption visible on screen, but not read
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24FF78 Reading Figure caption for applet, figure. Figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet, figure end.
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24Edge 92 Reading Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 ReadingNothing voiced - caption visible on screen, but not read
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 Reading Figure caption for applet, figure. Figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet, figure end.
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 ReadingNothing voiced - caption visible on screen, but not read
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 Reading Figure caption for applet, figure
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
Fail JAWS 18.0.5038FF52 ReadingNothing voiced - caption visible on screen, but not read
OK JAWS 18.0.5038IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingNothing voiced - caption not read, and applet ignored
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 Reading Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF38 Reading Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF38 Reading Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF38 Reading Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Figure, figure caption for applet
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver macOS 11.5Safari 15.0 ReadingSafari on macOS no longer supports applets Figure caption for applet, figure. Figure caption for applet. End of, figure caption for applet, figure.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.15Safari 14.1 ReadingSafari on macOS no longer supports applets Figure caption for applet, figure. Figure caption for applet. End of, figure caption for applet, figure.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 Reading Figure caption for applet, figure. Figure caption for applet. End of, figure caption for applet, figure.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 Reading Figure caption for applet, figure. Figure caption for applet. End of, figure caption for applet, figure.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Newline. Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 14.7Safari iOS 14.7Touch Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 13.3Safari iOS 13.3Touch Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4Touch Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 11.4Safari iOS 11.4Touch Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 10.3Safari iOS 10.3Touch Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.3Safari iOS 8.3Touch Figure caption for applet
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Normal, figure caption for applet
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Figure caption for applet

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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: