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link role (aria)

Screen reader support level: supported

Voice Control support level: partial (17/18)

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About this feature

An interactive reference to an internal or external resource that, when activated, causes the user agent to navigate to that resource. See related button.

Age of results

Results across all tests for this feature range from 5 months ago to a year ago. Detailed dates and version information can be found in associated tests.

Failing and partial results are between 5 months ago and 5 months ago.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
MUST convey the accessible namesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
MUST convey an appropriate rolesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported

Voice Control support by expectation

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
ChromeChromeSafariSafariChrome
MUST convey the accessible namesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedpartial (1/2)
MUST convey an appropriate rolesupportedsupportednot applicablesupportedsupported

Expectation: convey the accessible name

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: MUST
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the accessible name'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
ARIA link name from inner textsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
ARIA link name from aria-labelsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
Voice Control support for 'MUST convey the accessible name'
TestDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
ChromeChromeSafariSafariChrome
ARIA link name from inner textsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
ARIA link name from aria-labelsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednone

Expectation: convey an appropriate role

Rationale: A screen reader user needs to know how they can interact with the element. Voice control software might use the role to help users activate controls that do not have a visible name.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: MUST

Examples of assistive technologies support this expectation:

  • A screen reader might announce an element as something like "<name>, <role>"
  • A screen reader might imply the role by the presence of certain context roles
  • Voice Control software might let the user say something like "click, <role>".
  • Voice Control software might let the user say something like "show numbers", and interactive roles will be flagged with numbers.
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey an appropriate role'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
ARIA link name from inner textsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
ARIA link name from aria-labelsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
Voice Control support for 'MUST convey an appropriate role'
TestDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
ChromeChromeSafariSafariChrome
ARIA link name from inner textsupportedsupportednot applicablesupportedsupported
ARIA link name from aria-labelsupportedsupportednot applicablesupportedsupported