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disabled attribute (html)

Screen reader support level: supported

Voice Control support level: not applicable

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The HTML disabled attribute lets authors disable form controls. Note, adding the disabled attribute to form controls will generally cause them to not be focusable.


What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
MUST convey the disabled statesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported

Voice Control support by expectation

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
MAY convey the disabled stateno known supportsupported with 1 unknown resultunknownsupported with 1 unknown resultunknown

Expectation: convey the disabled state

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: MAY
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the disabled state'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
HTML button[type="button" disabled]supportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
HTML select element testsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
Voice Control support for 'MAY convey the disabled state'
TestDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
HTML button[type="button" disabled]unknownunknownunknownunknownunknown
HTML select element testnonesupportedunknownsupportedunknown