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dd element (html)

Screen reader support level: partial (4/53)

Voice Control support level: unknown

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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 3 months ago to 2 years ago. Detailed dates and version information can be found in associated tests.

Failing and partial results are between 2 years ago and 2 years ago.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
MUST convey its rolenonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonepartialsupportednone
MUST convey the position in set informationnonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonesupported

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 this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • 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)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic description list testnonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonepartialsupportednone
HTML description list with wrapped groups testnonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonepartialsupportednone

Expectation: convey the position in set information

Rationale:

A user needs to where the position is in the list

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • 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)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic description list testnonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonesupported
HTML description list with wrapped groups testnonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonenonesupported

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
unknownsupported with 1 unknown resultno known supportpartial (16/25)no known supportno known supportunknownunknownunknownpartial (4/7)supported with 1 unknown resultunknown

We are missing data on some combinations.

dt element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)Speech Recognition
unknownno known supportno known supportsome partial supportno known supportno known supportunknownunknownunknownpartial (2/5)partial (2/5)unknown

We are missing data on some combinations.