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dd element (html)

Screen reader support level: partial (2/40)

Voice Control support level: not applicable

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About this feature

Description list - description element. See the dl element for more information.

Age of results

Results across all tests for this feature range from 9 months ago to a year ago. Detailed dates and version information can be found in associated tests.

Failing and partial results are between a year ago and a year ago.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
MUST convey its rolenonenonenonenonenonenonenonepartialnonenone
MUST convey the position in set informationnonenonenonepartialpartialnonenonenonenonesupported

Voice Control support by expectation

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

Expectation: convey its role

Rationale: A user needs to be able to distinguish between a description term and its description.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

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 its role'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic description list testnonenonenonenonenonenonenonepartialnonenone
HTML description list with wrapped groups testnonenonenonenonenonenonenonepartialnonenone

Expectation: convey the position in set information

Rationale: A user needs to where the position is in the list

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples of assistive technologies support this expectation:

  • A screen reader might convey the position of each item in the list as something like "x of y" where y is the number of items in the list.
  • A screen reader might convey each term and description pair as a single item, or as separate items. For example, a screen reader might convey the size of a list of 3 pairs as either 3 or 6.
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the position in set information'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic description list testnonenonenonepartialpartialnonenonenonenonesupported
HTML description list with wrapped groups testnonenonenonepartialpartialnonenonenonenonesupported

Related features

These are features that are usually used in combination with this feature.

dl element (description list) (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)Speech Recognition
not applicablesupportedpartial (1/6)partial (8/12)nonepartial (2/6)not applicablenot applicablenot applicablenonesupportednot applicable

dt element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)Speech Recognition
not applicablenonesome partial supportsome partial supportpartial (2/4)nonenot applicablenot applicablenot applicablenonepartial (2/4)not applicable