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Screen reader software support for the TITLE attribute. [draft version]

Testing conducted 2005


Introduction

This testing [ongoing] has been motivated by the desire to clarify how and if screen reading software renders text content contained within the TITLE attribute. There have been many discussions, recommendations and opinions published about the practical use of the TITLE attribute, but there has been a paucity of data to back up the recommendations and opinions expressed. This is an attempt to provide such data so that more informed reccomendations can be made in the future.

Screen reader software tested

Notes:

Screen reader software support for the TITLE attribute.
HTML Element and type Jaws 4.02  table note [1] Jaws 4.51 table note [2] Window eyes 4.02  table note [3] HPR 3.0 [items mode] HPR 3.0 [controls mode] HPR 3.04 [items mode] HPR 3.04 [controls mode] Supernova 6.5 table note [16]
input type="text" yes yes yes no Yes no Yes table note [4] no
input type="password" yes yes yes no Yes no Yes [4] no
input type="button" yes yes yes no no no no no
input type="submit" yes yes yes no no no no no
input type="image" yes table note [9] yes table note [9] Yes table note [15] no [5] no table note [5] no table note [6] yes table note [7] no
input type="radio" yes yes yes no Yes no Yes table note [8] no
input type="checkbox" yes yes yes no Yes no Yes table note [8] no
select yes yes yes no no no Yes table note [8] no
option yes no no no no no no no
textarea yes yes yes no Yes no Yes table note [8] no
button not tested not tested not tested not tested not tested not tested not tested not tested
a yes table note [10] yes table note [10] yes table note [10] no table note [11] no table note [12] [links mode] no table note [11] no table note [13] [links mode] no
acronym/abbr yes table note [10] yes table note [10] yes table note [10] yes table note [10] yes table note [10] yes table note [10] yes table note [10] no
img not tested not tested not tested not tested not tested no no no
area (image map) not tested not tested not tested not tested not tested no no table note [14] [links mode] no
object not tested not tested not tested no no no no no
Other elements table note [17] no no no no no no no no

Table notes


Author: Steven Faulkner
Technical Director
TPG Europe
sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com

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