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aria-flowto attribute (aria)

Screen reader support level: partial (10/40)

Voice Control support level: not applicable

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Identifies the next element (or elements) in an alternate reading order of content which, at the user's discretion, allows assistive technology to override the general default of reading in document source order.

Expectations

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Screen Reader support by expectation

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 flowto attribute

Rationale: A user needs to understand that the current element flows to another element so that they can invoke the functionality.

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 flowto attribute'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
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aria-flowto testsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonenonenonenonenonenone

Expectation: convey that another element flows to the current element

Rationale: The reading order goes both directions, and a user needs to be aware of the alternate reading order so that they can invoke the functionality.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey that another element flows to the current element'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-flowto testsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonenonenonenonenonenone

Expectation: let a user navigate to referenced element(s). If the there are multiple targets, the user MUST be able to choose which one to navigate to.

Rationale: A user needs to be able to follow the alternate reading order.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST let a user navigate to referenced element(s). If the there are multiple targets, the user MUST be able to choose which one to navigate to.'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-flowto testsupportedsupportedpartialpartialnonenonenonenonenonenone

Expectation: let a user navigate to elements that target the current element. If this functionality is provided and the there are multiple targeting elements, the user must be able to choose which one to navigate to.

Rationale: The reading order goes both directions, and a user needs to be able to travel backwards through their chosen reading order.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST let a user navigate to elements that target the current element. If this functionality is provided and the there are multiple targeting elements, the user must be able to choose which one to navigate to.'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-flowto testsupportedsupportedpartialnonenonenonenonenonenonenone