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PDF18 Document with doc title Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: January 11, 2020

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 8 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: PDF18 Specifying document title using the Title entry in the document information dictionary

Code used for this test:


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

Reliability Trend

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

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Change History

Last updated: January 11, 2020

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 Reading This is document title
OK NVDA 2019.2FF68 ReadingVoices PDF document title, and filename part of URL. This is document title - SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingVoices full URL instead of title Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
OK NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 Reading This is document title
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 ReadingVoices PDF document title, and filename part of URL. This is document title - SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingVoices full URL instead of title Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail NVDA 2017.3IE11 ReadingVoices full URL instead of title Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 Reading This is document title
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 ReadingVoices PDF document title, and filename part of URL. This is document title - SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 ReadingVoices full URL Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 Reading This is document title
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingVoices PDF document title, and filename part of URL. This is document title - SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 ReadingVoices full URL Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail JAWS 17.0.2007IE11 ReadingVoices full URL Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 ReadingVoices full URL. URL displayed in browser tab instead of title. Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf
Fail VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4TouchVoices full URL. URL displayed in browser tab instead of title. Slash SR_PDF_doc_title.pdf

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: