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Last updated: October 16, 2021

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 58 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.

Code used for this test:


        <embed type='video/mp4' src='small.mp4' width='100' height='100'></embed>
    

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.
Fail NVDA 2021.2FF91 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Frame button play. Button mute. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2021.2Edge 94 ReadingNo 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. Video time scrubber zero o'clock slash zero o'clock, slider unavailable elapsed time, zero o'clock.
Fail NVDA 2020.2FF78 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Frame. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2020.2Edge 92 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Button, play. Button, mute. Button, show more media controls. 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. Video time scrubber 24:01 slash 24:05, slider video time scrubber 24:01 slash 24:05.
Fail NVDA 2019.2FF68 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Frame. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingNo 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. Video time scrubber midnight slash 24:05, slider video time scrubber midnight slash 24:05.
Fail NVDA 2018.4FF60 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Frame, button play. Button mute. Out of frame, blank.
Fail NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingNo 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 ReadingNo 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 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Embedded object, unnamed_view_0
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists Blank
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content. Embedded object, unnamed_view_0
Fail JAWS 2021.2107.12Chrome 94 ReadingNo 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. Left right slider, elapsed time colon zero 01. Video end.
Fail JAWS 2020.2008.24Chrome 86 ReadingNo 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.
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 ReadingNo description of non-text content Video start. Show more media controls, more options button. Left right slider, elapsed time 00:01. Video 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
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 ReadingNo description of non-text content Video start. Show more media controls, more options button. Video end.
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingNo 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 ReadingNo 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
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingEmbed object filename read out Small dot MP4 frame. Video start. Play button. Mute button. Video end. Small dot MP4 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 ReadingNo name for object 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 indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingNothing voiced for embed - no indication it exists 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

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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: