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summary element (html)

Screen reader support level: partial (49/53)

Voice Control support level: partial (5/10)

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About this feature

The details element represents a disclosure widget from which the user can obtain additional information or controls. Note that per the HTML5 spec, headings are allowed in the summary element.

Age of results

Results across all tests for this feature range from 2 months ago to 8 months ago. Detailed dates and version information can be found in associated tests.

Failing and partial results are between 8 months ago and 8 months ago.

Expectations

What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
MUST convey its namesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
MUST convey its rolesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
MUST convey the expanded statesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
MUST convey when the expanded state is changedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
SHOULD provide shortcuts to jump to this rolesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenone

Voice Control support by expectation

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
ChromeChromeSafariSafariChrome
MUST convey its namenonesupportedsupportednonesupported
MUST convey its rolenonesupportednot applicablenonesupported

Expectation: convey its name

Rationale:

A screen reader user needs to know what to enter.

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: MUST

Examples:

  • A screen reader might announce something like "<role>, <name>"
  • Voice control software might allow the user to say something like "click <name>"
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey its name'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic details/summary test with a heading in the summarysupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
Voice Control support for 'MUST convey its name'
TestDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
ChromeChromeSafariSafariChrome
HTML basic details/summary test with a heading in the summarynonesupportedsupportednonesupported

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: MUST

Examples:

  • A screen reader might announce something like "button", "details", or "summary"
  • Voice control software might allow the user to say something like "click button"
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey its role'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic details/summary test with a heading in the summarysupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
Voice Control support for 'MUST convey its role'
TestDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech Recognition
ChromeChromeSafariSafariChrome
HTML basic details/summary test with a heading in the summarynonesupportednot applicablenonesupported

Expectation: convey the expanded state

Rationale:

A user needs to know when they enter and exist the details.

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • A screen reader might announce either "expanded" or "collapsed"
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey the expanded state'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic details/summary test with a heading in the summarysupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported

Expectation: convey when the expanded state is changed

Rationale:

A user needs to know when the state changes and that their action was successful.

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Examples:

  • A screen reader might announce the new new state value, either "expanded" or "collapsed"
Screen Reader support for 'MUST convey when the expanded state is changed'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic details/summary test with a heading in the summarysupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenonesupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported

Expectation: provide shortcuts to jump to this role

Rationale:

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

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: SHOULD
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'SHOULD provide shortcuts to jump to this role'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
ChromeEdgeFirefoxEdgeChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefoxChromeSafariSafari
HTML basic details/summary test with a heading in the summarysupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednonenone

Related features

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

details element (html)

DragonJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoice AccessVC iOSVC MacOSVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)Speech Recognition
unknownsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultunknownunknownunknownsupported with 1 unknown resultsupported with 1 unknown resultunknown

We are missing data on some combinations.