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dd element (html)

Support level: partial (6/36)

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

Expectations

Expectations are conditions that must be met for the feature to be considered as "supported". Only "MUST" expectations need to be met for minimal "support". "SHOULD" and "MAY" expectations indicates support that goes above and beyond. Note that there is not an explicit standard that dictates these expectations, and as such, they are likely opinionated. As such, a feature might not meet all "MUST" expectations but still be usable (potentially frustratingly so). Additionally, the assistive technology may provide many different commands to read, navigate, or otherwise interact with a feature. Only one command is required to pass for the expectation to be minimally supported.

Summary of support by expectation type

MUSTSHOULDMAY
partial (6/36)

Summary of support by expectation and assistive technology

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingJAWSNarratorNVDATalkBackVoiceOver for iOSVoiceOver for macOS
MUST convey the description rolenot applicablenonenonenoneunknownnonenone
MUST convey the position of either 1. the group of term/description pairs OR 2. the description in the listnot applicablenonesupportedpartial (2/4)unknownnonesupported

The screen reader MUST convey the description role

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

ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable
JAWSGoogle Chromenone
JAWSInternet Explorernone
JAWSFirefox (desktop)none
NarratorMicrosoft Edgenone
NVDAGoogle Chromenone
NVDAFirefox (desktop)none
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)unknown
VoiceOver for iOSSafari (iOS)none
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)none

This expectation is referenced by 2 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
test namehas support
HTML basic description list testpartial (23/63)
HTML description list with wrapped groups testpartial (23/63)

The screen reader MUST convey the position of either 1. the group of term/description pairs OR 2. the description in the list

Rationale: A user needs to be able to understand the location of the group in the overall list.

ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable
JAWSGoogle Chromenone
JAWSInternet Explorernone
JAWSFirefox (desktop)none
NarratorMicrosoft Edgesupported
NVDAGoogle Chromesupported
NVDAFirefox (desktop)none
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)unknown
VoiceOver for iOSSafari (iOS)none
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)supported

This expectation is referenced by 2 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
test namehas support
HTML basic description list testpartial (23/63)
HTML description list with wrapped groups testpartial (23/63)