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

Last updated: December 27, 2017

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: works in all tested screen readers

WCAG Technique: placeholder links

Code used for this test:


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.


Change History

Last updated: December 27, 2017

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.12Safari 10.1.2 Reading Placeholder, clickable
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.12Safari 10.1.2 TabbingSkipped when tabbing, as expected

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: