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Word table with Alt Text in Description field Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: April 7, 2019

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 1 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:

        <a href='Office/word-365.docx'>word-365.docx</a>

Change History

Last updated: April 7, 2019

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NarratorOffice 365 - Word 16.18 Reading Table with 2 rows 2 columns, this is the table description.
OK NVDA 2017.3Office 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingRequires additional keystrokes to read description Table has long description with 2 rows and 2 columns, level 1 row 1 column 1, morning.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619Office 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingDescription not voiced Table 1, uniform table, morning, row 1 of 2 column 1 of 2, morning.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.13Office 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingDescription only read after table meta data and a long pause Table 2 rows, 2 columns, no selection... This is the table description, to enter this table press control-option-shift-down arrow

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: