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PDF with doc security Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 19 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.

This is a PDF with Content Copying for Accessibility set to Not Allowed in Document Properties

Code used for this test:


        <a href='SR_PDF_doc_security.pdf'>SR_PDF_doc_security.pdf</a>
    

Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2021.2Chrome 94 ReadingDocument content not read Embedded object unavailable
OK NVDA 2021.2FF91 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail NVDA 2021.2Edge 94 ReadingDocument content not read This file has limited permissions. You may not have access to some features.
Fail NVDA 2020.2Chrome 86 ReadingDocument content not read Embedded object unavailable
OK NVDA 2020.2FF78 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail NVDA 2020.2Edge 92 ReadingDocument content not read This file has limited permissions. You may not have access to some features.
Fail NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 ReadingDocument content not read Embedded object
OK NVDA 2019.2FF68 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingDocument content not read Secured Acrobat Reader DC, AVPageView text frame
Fail NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 ReadingDocument content not read Embedded object
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingDocument content not read Secured Acrobat Reader DC, unknown
Fail NVDA 2017.3IE11 ReadingDocument content not read Secured Acrobat Reader DC, AVPageView text frame
Fail JAWS 2021.2107.12Chrome 94 ReadingDocument content not read
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12FF91 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail JAWS 2021.2107.12Edge 94 ReadingDocument content not read This file has limited permissions. You may not have access to some features.
Fail JAWS 2020.2008.24Chrome 86 ReadingDocument content not read
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24FF78 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail JAWS 2020.2008.24Edge 92 ReadingDocument content not read This file has limited permissions. You may not have access to some features.
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 ReadingDocument content not read
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 ReadingDocument content not read
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 ReadingDocument content not read
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 ReadingDocument content not read
Fail JAWS 17.0.2007IE11 ReadingDocument content not read
OK VoiceOver macOS 11.5Safari 15.0 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.15Safari 14.1 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 ReadingReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
OK VoiceOver iOS 14.7Safari iOS 14.7TouchReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
OK VoiceOver iOS 13.3Safari iOS 13.3TouchReads document contents, and ignores document security. This is a document with PDF document security set, using the Security tab in Adobe Acrobat Document Properties to disable screen reader access to the document.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4TouchDocument content not read

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: