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aria-controls attribute (aria)

Screen reader support level: partial (6/20)

Voice Control support level: not applicable

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Identifies the element (or elements) whose contents or presence are controlled by the current element. See related aria-owns.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
MUST convey the presence of the aria-controls attributesupported*nonenonenonenonenonenone
MUST allow the user to jump to the controlled elementsupportednonenonenonenonenonenone

* means that some support is hidden behind settings

Voice Control support by expectation

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
Not applicable

Expectation: convey the presence of the aria-controls attribute

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the presence of the aria-controls attribute'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-controls attributesupported*supported*supported*nonenonenonenonenonenonenone

* means that some support is hidden behind settings

Expectation: allow the user to jump to the controlled element

Rationale: The controlled element might not be close to the element with aria-controls and the user might find it convenient to jump directly to the controlled element.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST allow the user to jump to the controlled element'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-controls attributesupportedsupportedsupportednonenonenonenonenonenonenone