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option element (html)

Screen reader support level: partial (33/50)

Voice Control support level: partial (5/12)

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Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver for iOSVoiceOver for macOS
MUST convey an appropriate namepartial (4/6)supportedpartial (3/4)supportedsupportedpartial (1/2)partial (1/2)
MUST convey an appropriate rolepartial (3/6)supportedpartial (3/4)partial (1/2)supportedsupportedpartial (1/2)
MUST convey the value of the option when used in a datalist contextpartial (1/3)nonepartial (1/2)nonesupportedsupportednone
SHOULD convey information about the position the option in the listnonesupportedsome partial supportnonenonepartial (1/2)none

Voice Control support by expectation

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access for AndroidVoice Control for iOSVoice Control for MacOS
MUST convey an appropriate namesome partial supportsupportednonesupported
MAY convey an appropriate rolepartial (1/2)supportednot applicablepartial (1/2)
MUST convey the value of the option when used in a datalist contextnonesupportednonenone

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: MUST
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromesome partial support
JAWSGoogle Chromesupported
JAWSInternet Explorerpartial (1/2)
JAWSFirefox (desktop)partial (1/2)
NarratorMicrosoft Edgesupported
NVDAGoogle Chromesupported
NVDAFirefox (desktop)partial (1/2)
OrcaFirefox (desktop)supported
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)supported
Voice Access for AndroidGoogle Chrome (android)supported
Voice Control for iOSSafari (iOS)none
Voice Control for MacOSSafari (macOS)supported
VoiceOver for iOSSafari (iOS)partial (1/2)
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)partial (1/2)

This expectation is referenced by 2 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML input with datalist testpartial (64/110)partial (7/13)
HTML select element testpartial (72/100)partial (5/8)

Expectation: convey an appropriate role

Rationale: A screen reader user needs to know how they can interact with the element.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: MAY
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromepartial (1/2)
JAWSGoogle Chromepartial (1/2)
JAWSInternet Explorerpartial (1/2)
JAWSFirefox (desktop)partial (1/2)
NarratorMicrosoft Edgesupported
NVDAGoogle Chromesupported
NVDAFirefox (desktop)partial (1/2)
OrcaFirefox (desktop)partial (1/2)
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)supported
Voice Access for AndroidGoogle Chrome (android)supported
Voice Control for iOSSafari (iOS)not applicable
Voice Control for MacOSSafari (macOS)partial (1/2)
VoiceOver for iOSSafari (iOS)supported
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)partial (1/2)

This expectation is referenced by 2 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML input with datalist testpartial (64/110)partial (7/13)
HTML select element testpartial (72/100)partial (5/8)

Expectation: convey the value of the option when used in a datalist context

Rationale: When in a datalist context, both the name and value are displayed, so the user needs to be aware of both.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: MUST
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenone
JAWSGoogle Chromesupported
JAWSInternet Explorernone
JAWSFirefox (desktop)none
NarratorMicrosoft Edgenone
NVDAGoogle Chromesupported
NVDAFirefox (desktop)none
OrcaFirefox (desktop)none
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)supported
Voice Access for AndroidGoogle Chrome (android)supported
Voice Control for iOSSafari (iOS)none
Voice Control for MacOSSafari (macOS)none
VoiceOver for iOSSafari (iOS)supported
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)none

This expectation is referenced by 1 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML input with datalist testpartial (64/110)partial (7/13)

Expectation: convey information about the position the option in the list

Rationale: When user should be able to determine how many options are in the list and where they are in the list

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: SHOULD
  • Voice Control: NA
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable
JAWSGoogle Chromenone
JAWSInternet Explorernone
JAWSFirefox (desktop)none
NarratorMicrosoft Edgesupported
NVDAGoogle Chromesome partial support
NVDAFirefox (desktop)some partial support
OrcaFirefox (desktop)none
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)none
Voice Access for AndroidGoogle Chrome (android)not applicable
Voice Control for iOSSafari (iOS)not applicable
Voice Control for MacOSSafari (macOS)not applicable
VoiceOver for iOSSafari (iOS)partial (1/2)
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)none

This expectation is referenced by 2 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML input with datalist testpartial (64/110)partial (7/13)
HTML select element testpartial (72/100)partial (5/8)

Related features

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

select element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
supportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedpartial (3/4)nonesupportedsupportedsupportedsupported

optgroup element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
not applicablesome partial supportnonenonenonepartial (1/3)not applicablenot applicablenot applicablepartial (1/3)partial (1/3)