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fieldset element (html)

Screen reader support level: partial (28/60)

Voice Control support level: not applicable

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The fieldset element represents a set of form controls (or other content) grouped together, optionally with a caption.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
MUST convey an appropriate rolesupportednonepartialsupportednonesupportedsupported
MUST convey an appropriate namepartialpartialpartialsupportedpartialsupportedsupported
MUST convey the boundaries of the elementsupportednonepartialsupportednonepartialsupported

Voice Control support by expectation

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

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: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey an appropriate role'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-required attribute on each HTML radio button in a fieldsetsupportedsupportedsupportednonepartialpartialsupportednonesupportedsupported
The html required attribute on each HTML radio button in a fieldsetsupportedsupportedsupportednonepartialpartialsupportednonesupportedsupported

Expectation: convey an appropriate name

Rationale: A screen reader user needs to know what to enter.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey an appropriate name'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-required attribute on each HTML radio button in a fieldsetpartialpartialpartialpartialpartialpartialsupportedpartialsupportedsupported
The html required attribute on each HTML radio button in a fieldsetpartialpartialpartialpartialpartialpartialsupportedpartialsupportedsupported

Expectation: convey the boundaries of the element

Rationale: A user needs to know when they enter and exit an element

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the boundaries of the element'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeIEFirefoxEdgeChromeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
aria-required attribute on each HTML radio button in a fieldsetsupportedsupportedsupportednonepartialpartialsupportednonepartialsupported
The html required attribute on each HTML radio button in a fieldsetsupportedsupportedsupportednonepartialpartialsupportednonepartialsupported

Related features

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

legend element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)Speech Recognition
not applicablepartialpartialpartialsupportedpartialnot applicablenot applicablenot applicablesupportedsupportednot applicable