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ol element (html)

Screen Reader support level: partial (29/33)

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Age of results

Results across all tests for this feature range from 2 years ago to 4 years ago. Detailed dates and version information can be found in associated tests.

Caution

Failing or partial results may be out of date. The oldest result is from 4 years ago. Consider running the associated tests and contributing results.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
MUST convey its rolesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonesupportedsupported
MUST convey the boundaries of the elementsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonesupportedsupported
MUST convey the number of items in the listsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonesupported
SHOULD convey the nesting levelsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonenonesupportednonenonesupported

Expectation: convey its 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 this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • Typically, the word "list" is announced when entering the list, then the number of each item is announced when entering a list item. Together, these two pieces of information convey the unordered list role.
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey its role'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML Ordered list testsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonesupportedsupported

Expectation: convey the boundaries of the element

Rationale:

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

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • In reading mode, there might be a stop for both the start end end of the list. When entering the list, something like "list of x items" might announced. When leaving the list, something like "end of list" might announced.
  • In reading mode, there might not be a stop for the start or end of the list. In this case, the screen reader might announce the first item as something like 1 of x, and the last item as x of x, or otherwise announce the the boundaries when entering or exiting the list.
  • In interaction mode, there will not be a stop for the start or end of the list. In this case, the screen reader might announce the first item as something like "list of x items", and the last item as "x of x", or "end of list", or otherwise announce the the boundaries when entering or exiting the list.
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the boundaries of the element'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML Ordered list testsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonesupportedsupported

Expectation: convey the number of items in the list

Rationale:

A user needs to be able to understand how many items are in the list

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • Typically, the word "list" is announced when entering the list. The list item's number is announced when entering a list item. Together, these two pieces of information convey the ordered list role.
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the number of items in the list'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML Ordered list testsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonesupported

Expectation: convey the nesting level

Rationale:

A screen reader user might find it helpful to know what nesting level they are at.

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: SHOULD
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • A screen reader might announce something like "nesting level x" when entering a nested list
Screen Reader support for 'SHOULD convey the nesting level'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML Ordered list testsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonenonesupportednonenonesupported

Related features

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

li element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)Speech RecognitionWindows Voice AccessWindowsMaciOSAndroid Keyboard
unknownsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultunknownunknownunknownpartial (1/4)partial (1/4)unknownunknownunknownunknownunknownunknown