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Layout table with single cell Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2021

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 2 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        <table>
          <tbody>
            <tr>
              <td>This is some text</td>
            </tr>
          </tbody>
        </table>
    

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: October 16, 2021

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2021.2Chrome 94 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2021.2FF91 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2021.2Edge 94 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2020.2Chrome 86 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2020.2FF78 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2020.2Edge 92 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2019.2Chrome 79 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2019.2FF68 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2019.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2018.4Chrome 73 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2018.4IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2012.3FF32 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12Chrome 94 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12FF91 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2021.2107.12Edge 94 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24Chrome 86 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24FF78 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2020.2008.24Edge 92 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1Chrome 79 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1FF68 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2019.1912.1IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2Chrome 73 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 18.0.5038FF52 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 18.0.5038IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF31 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 11.5Safari 15.0 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.15Safari 14.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.14Safari 13.0 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 14.7Safari iOS 14.7 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 13.3Safari iOS 13.3 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 12.4Safari iOS 12.4 ReadingTreated as a data table. This is some text, table start, end.
OK VoiceOver iOS 11.4Safari iOS 11.4 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 10.3Safari iOS 10.3 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. This is some text.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Normal, this is some text.
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingTreated as data table. Entering table, this is some text. Leaving table.

SortSite rules: AccHtmlTableNoHeaders

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: