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applet with no description Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 29 screen reader / browser combinations

For expected failures, the results show which AT combos the failures affect. Results are recorded from the user's viewpoint, so describe the user impact of authoring errors.

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:


        <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>
    

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
OK NVDA 2021.2FF91 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK NVDA 2021.2Edge 94 ReadingEdge has no applet support, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK NVDA 2020.2Chrome 86 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK NVDA 2020.2FF78 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK NVDA 2020.2Edge 92 ReadingEdge has no applet support, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK NVDA 2019.2FF68 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
Fail NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Embedded object
OK NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
Fail NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Embedded object
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
Fail NVDA 2017.3IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Embedded object
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingNo description of non-text content Clickable button. A plugin is needed to display this content. Button, hide plugin.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Embedded object
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF38 ReadingNo description of non-text content Embedded object, clickable
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Embedded object
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12Chrome 94 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12FF91 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12Edge 94 ReadingEdge has no applet support, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24Chrome 86 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24FF78 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24Edge 92 ReadingEdge has no applet support, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 ReadingChrome 45 removed applet support in 2015, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
OK JAWS 18.0.5038FF52 ReadingFirefox 52 removed applet support in 2017, and doesn't render applet on screen unless applet has fallback content
Fail JAWS 18.0.5038IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
OK VoiceOver macOS 11.5Safari 15.0 ReadingSafari on macOS no longer supports applets, and does not render them on screen
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.15Safari 14.1 ReadingSafari on macOS no longer supports applets, and does not render them on screen
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 ReadingSafari displays box saying "unsupported plugin". Nothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 ReadingSafari displays box saying "unsupported plugin". Nothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 ReadingSafari displays box saying "unsupported plugin". Nothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingSafari displays box saying "unsupported plugin". Nothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists Newline
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingSafari displays box saying "unsupported plugin". Nothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists Newline
OK VoiceOver iOS 14.7Safari iOS 14.7TouchiOS does not support applets, and does not render them on screen
OK VoiceOver iOS 13.3Safari iOS 13.3TouchiOS does not support applets, and does not render them on screen
OK VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4TouchiOS does not support applets, and does not render them on screen
OK VoiceOver iOS 11.4Safari iOS 11.4TouchiOS does not support applets, and does not render them on screen
OK VoiceOver iOS 10.3Safari iOS 10.3TouchiOS does not support applets, and does not render them on screen
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchiOS does not support applets, and does not render them on screen
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.3Safari iOS 8.3TouchiOS does not support applets, and does not render them on screen
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for applet - no indication it exists

SortSite rules: AccHtmlAppletNoFallback

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: