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Word table with header row Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: May 20, 2018

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 3 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


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

Change History

Last updated: May 20, 2018

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NarratorOffice 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingNo cell headers voiced Table with 2 rows, 2 columns. Table has 2 rows 2 columns, morning, row 1 of 2, column 1 of 2. Afternoon, column 2 of 2. Free, row 2 of 2, column 1 of 2. Busy, column 2 of 2.
Fail NVDA 2017.3Office 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingNo cell headers voiced Table with 2 rows and 2 columns, level 1 row 1 column 1, morning. Column 2, afternoon. Row 2, free. Column 2, busy.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619Office 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingNo cell headers voiced Table 5, uniform table, morning, row 1 of 2 column 1 of 2, morning. Afternoon, column 2 of 2, afternoon. Free, row 2 of 2, column 1 of 2, free. Busy, column 2 of 2, last cell in table.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.13Office 365 - Word 16.18 Reading Table 2 rows, 2 columns, no selection... To enter this table press control-option-shift-down arrow. In morning column 1 row 1, table 2 rows 2 columns, 1 cell selected, column 1 row 1 morning, column 1 row 1 cell morning. Afternoon. Morning free, column 1 row 2. Afternoon busy, column 2 row 2.

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: