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PDF19 Phrase language set to German Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: January 11, 2020

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 9 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: PDF19 Specifying the language for a passage or phrase with the Lang entry in PDF documents

Code used for this test:


        <a href='SR_PDF_lang.pdf'>SR_PDF_lang.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
Fail NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
Fail NVDA 2019.2FF68 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
OK NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingProunounced as German Rah-di-oh
Fail NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
Fail NVDA 2018.4FF60 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
OK NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingProunounced as German Rah-di-oh
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 ReadingProunounced as German Rah-di-oh
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
Fail JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 ReadingProunounced as German Rah-di-oh
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingPronounced as English, phrase language ignored Ray-day-oh
OK JAWS 17.0.2007IE11 ReadingProunounced as German Rah-di-oh
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 ReadingProunounced as German Rah-di-oh
OK VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4TouchProunounced as German Rah-di-oh

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: