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A element placeholder link with no event handler or HREF Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: May 20, 2018

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 2 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: placeholder links

Code used for this test:


        <a>Placeholder text</a>
    

Reliability Trend

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

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Change History

Last updated: May 20, 2018

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 Reading Placeholder text
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 TabbingSkipped when tabbing, as expected
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 Reading Placeholder text
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 TabbingSkipped when tabbing, as expected
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.12Safari 10.1.2 Reading Placeholder text, clickable
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.12Safari 10.1.2 TabbingSkipped when tabbing, as expected
OK VoiceOver iOS 10.3Safari iOS 10.3Touch Placeholder text
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingAnnounced as a link, but doesn't function as link Link, placeholder text
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 TabbingAnnounced as a link, but doesn't function as link Placeholder text, link

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: