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embed with title attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 50 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        <embed title='Title text for embed' type='video/mp4' src='small.mp4' width='100' height='100'></embed>
    

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%201517%201617%20170%201825%201925%202025%202125%

Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2021.2Chrome 94 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Button, show more media controls. Video time scrubber 0:01 / 0:05 slider elapsed time, 0:01.
OK NVDA 2021.2FF91 Reading Title text for embed, frame button play. Button mute. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2021.2Edge 94 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Video time scrubber 0:01 / 0:05 slider elapsed time, 0:01
Fail NVDA 2020.2Chrome 86 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Button unavailable, play. Button unavailable, show more media controls.
OK NVDA 2020.2FF78 Reading Title text for embed, frame. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2020.2Edge 92 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Video time scrubber 0:05 / 0:05 slider elapsed time, 0:05
Fail NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Button, show more media controls.
OK NVDA 2019.2FF68 Reading Title text for embed, frame. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Embedded object, unnamed_view_0
Fail NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Button, show more media controls.
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 Reading Title text for embed, frame, button play. Button mute. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Embedded object, unnamed_view_0
Fail NVDA 2017.3FF60 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Frame, button play. Button mute. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2017.3IE11 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Embedded object, unnamed_view_0
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Iframe, button play. Button mute. Out of iframe.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Embedded object, unnamed_view_0
OK NVDA 2015.2FF38 Reading Title text for embed
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Embedded object, unnamed_view_0
Fail JAWS 2021.2107.12Chrome 94 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Video start. Play button. Up down slider, one. Mute button. Show more media controls, more options button. Video end.
Fail JAWS 2021.2107.12FF91 ReadingNo description of non-text content Video start. Play button. Mute button. Video end.
Fail JAWS 2021.2107.12Edge 94 ReadingNo description of non-text content Video start. Play button. Up down slider, one. Mute button. Show more media controls, more options button. Left right slider, elapsed time colon zero 01. Video end.
Fail JAWS 2020.2008.24Chrome 86 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Video start. Play button unavailable. Show more media controls, more options button unavailable. Video end.
Fail JAWS 2020.2008.24FF78 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 2020.2008.24Edge 92 ReadingNo description of non-text content Video start. Left right slider, elapsed time colon zero 01. Video end.
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 Reading Group start, title text for embed. Video start. Show more media controls, more options button. Video end. Group end.
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 ReadingOnly blanks voiced for embed - no indication it exists Blank. Blank.
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - video controls visible - no indication it exists
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 Reading Group start, title text for embed. Video start. Show more media controls, more options button. Video end. Group end.
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Video start. Play button. Mute button. Video end.
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 18.0.5038FF52 ReadingTitle not read, no description of non-text content. Video start. Play button. Mute button. Video end.
Fail JAWS 18.0.5038IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Title text for embed frame. Video start. Play button. Mute button. Video end. Title text for embed frame end.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingTITLE ignored, no description of non-text content Unnamed 2 button. Slider. Play button. Stop button. Previous button. Rewind button. Fast forward button. Next button. Mute button. Slider. Show. Title. Author. Copyright. Quality icon button. Stopped, read-only, edit box metadata.
OK VoiceOver macOS 11.5Safari 15.0 ReadingNothing displayed on screen and nothing voiced for object
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.15Safari 14.1 ReadingNothing displayed on screen and nothing voiced for object
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no description of non-text content
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no description of non-text content
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no description of non-text content
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no description of non-text content
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no description of non-text content Newline
Fail VoiceOver iOS 14.7Safari iOS 14.7TouchNo description of non-text content Play, button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 13.3Safari iOS 13.3TouchNo description of non-text content Play, button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4TouchNo description of non-text content Play, button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 11.4Safari iOS 11.4TouchNo description of non-text content Play, button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 10.3Safari iOS 10.3TouchNo description of non-text content Start playback, button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchNo description of non-text content Start playback, button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.3Safari iOS 8.3TouchNo description of non-text content Start playback, button
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-1.1.4

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: