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Test: HTML option[lang] element

Current support: partial (1/9)

This test ensures that option elements with a lang attribute are announced correctly.

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <title>HTML option element with lang attribute</title>
<p>Use the screen reader to announce the target element.</p>

<label for="language-picker">
    Select language with lang set
    <select id="language-picker">
        <option lang="en">English</option>
        <option lang="fr">Français</option>
        <option id="target" lang="zh">中文 (简体)</option>

Support tables

Expectations are conditions that must be met for the feature to be considered as "supported". Only "MUST" expectations need to be met for minimal "support". "SHOULD" and "MAY" expectations indicates support that goes above and beyond. Note that there is not an explicit standard that dictates these expectations, and as such, they are likely opinionated. As such, a feature might not meet all "MUST" expectations but still be usable (potentially frustratingly so). Additionally, the assistive technology may provide many different commands to read, navigate, or otherwise interact with a feature. Only one command is required to pass for the expectation to be minimally supported.

Summary of support by expectation type

partial (1/9)

Summary of support by expectation and assistive technology

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingJAWSNarratorNVDATalkBackVoiceOver for iOSVoiceOver for macOS
lang attribute
MUST switch to the specified language if it is validnot applicableunknownunknownsupported with 1 unknown resultunknownunknownnone

* means that some support is hidden behind settings

Detailed support results by expectation

lang attribute: The screen reader MUST switch to the specified language if it is valid

Grading method: Just one of the listed commands must pass for the expectation to pass.

This expectation is from the lang attribute feature.

ATBrowserHas SupportOutputAction
Dragon Naturally SpeakingGoogle Chromenot applicable-More information
JAWSGoogle Chromeunknown-More information
JAWSInternet Explorerunknown-More information
JAWSFirefox (desktop)unknown-More information
NarratorMicrosoft Edgeunknown-More information
NVDAGoogle Chromeunknown-More information
NVDAFirefox (desktop)yes
  • Result: (pass)
    • command: down arrow (Read next item)
    • Output: 中文 (简体)
Notes: Had to install the Simplified Chinese language in the Windows 10 Language Settings for this to work. If the language is not installed, nothing will be announced.
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TalkBackGoogle Chrome (android)unknown-More information
VoiceOver for iOSSafari (iOS)unknown-More information
VoiceOver for macOSSafari (macOS)none
  • Result: (fail)
    • command: VO + Right arrow (Read next item)
    • Output: (attempts to speak characters as english ideographs)
Notes: Had the Chinese language installed in VO settings.
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Extended Support for: lang attribute: The screen reader MUST switch to the specified language if it is valid

These are less common combinations

ATBrowserHas SupportOutputAction
Dragon Naturally SpeakingInternet Explorernot applicable-More information
Dragon Naturally SpeakingFirefox (desktop)not applicable-More information
JAWSMicrosoft Edgeunknown-More information
NarratorFirefox (desktop)unknown-More information
NarratorGoogle Chromeunknown-More information
NarratorInternet Explorerunknown-More information
NVDAInternet Explorerunknown-More information
NVDAMicrosoft Edgeunknown-More information
TalkBackFirefox (Android)unknown-More information
VoiceOver for iOSGoogle Chrome (ios)unknown-More information
VoiceOver for macOSGoogle Chromeunknown-More information
VoiceOver for macOSFirefox (desktop)unknown-More information
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Dates and Versions

ATAT VersionBrowserBrowser versionOS versionDate tested
NVDA2018.3.2Firefox (desktop)62177632018-10-19
VoiceOver for macOS10.14Safari (macOS)1210.142018-10-19


  • 2018-10-19 Test created