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section element (html)

Screen reader support level: partial (22/30)

Voice Control support level: not applicable

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Per the HTML AAM spec, a section element will be mapped to the region role if the section element has an accessible name. Otherwise, no corresponding role. Only the aria-label, aria-labelledby, and title attributes can provide an accessible name.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver for iOSVoiceOver for macOS
MUST convey an appropriate role and name if it is namedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
MUST not convey a role if it is not namedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
MUST convey boundaries if namedpartialpartialpartialsupportedpartialpartialsupported
SHOULD provide shortcuts to jump to this rolesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported

Voice Control support by expectation

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access for AndroidVoice Control for iOSVoice Control for MacOS
Not applicable

Expectation: convey an appropriate role and name if it is named

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable
JAWSGoogle Chromesupported
JAWSInternet Explorersupported
JAWSFirefox (desktop)supported
NarratorMicrosoft Edgesupported
NVDAGoogle Chromesupported
NVDAFirefox (desktop)supported
OrcaFirefox (desktop)supported
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)supported
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)supported
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)supported

This expectation is referenced by 1 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML section element with an accessible name (aria-label)partial (22/30)not applicable

Expectation: not convey a role if it is not named

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable
JAWSGoogle Chromesupported
JAWSInternet Explorersupported
JAWSFirefox (desktop)supported
NarratorMicrosoft Edgesupported
NVDAGoogle Chromesupported
NVDAFirefox (desktop)supported
OrcaFirefox (desktop)supported
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)supported
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)supported
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)supported

This expectation is referenced by 1 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML section element with no accessible namesupportednot applicable

Expectation: convey boundaries if named

Rationale: A user might need to differentiate content inside the region from content outside of the region

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable
JAWSGoogle Chromepartial
JAWSInternet Explorerpartial
JAWSFirefox (desktop)partial
NarratorMicrosoft Edgepartial
NVDAGoogle Chromepartial
NVDAFirefox (desktop)partial
OrcaFirefox (desktop)supported
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)partial
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
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)supported

This expectation is referenced by 1 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML section element with an accessible name (aria-label)partial (22/30)not applicable

Expectation: provide shortcuts to jump to this role

Rationale: Screen reader users might want to quickly navigate to elements of this type.

Strength of these expectations for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: SHOULD
  • Voice Control: NA
ATBrowserHas Support
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable
JAWSGoogle Chromesupported
JAWSInternet Explorersupported
JAWSFirefox (desktop)supported
NarratorMicrosoft Edgesupported
NVDAGoogle Chromesupported
NVDAFirefox (desktop)supported
OrcaFirefox (desktop)supported
TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)supported
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)supported
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)supported

This expectation is referenced by 1 tests.

Tests that reference this expectation
Test nameScreen Reader supportVoice Control support
HTML section element with an accessible name (aria-label)partial (22/30)not applicable

Related features

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

option element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
some partial supportpartial (8/15)partial (4/5)partial (7/10)partial (3/5)supportedsupportednonepartial (2/3)partial (4/5)partial (2/5)

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)