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JAWS + Chrome ignores figures if image has empty alt / lacks alt #161

scottaohara opened this Issue Jan 21, 2019 · 0 comments


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scottaohara commented Jan 21, 2019


If a figure contains an image with an empty alt or lack of alt, JAWS + Chrome will ignore the entire figure, even if it has a figcaption.

With Chrome + JAWS 2019 w/default settings:

Expected result

The figure grouping would have been announced with the figcaption as the accessible name. The image would have been announced as earth.jpg, or ignored, but the caption would have been discoverable.

Actual result

JAWS + Chrome completely ignore the figure and its caption. Virtual cursor cannot focus/announce the figcaption's content.


Test 2 of these figure/figcaption examples demonstrates this behavior with JAWS default settings.

Additional Information

@stevefaulkner found the following from JAWS inspect w/Chrome:

<domnode inType="Figure" wiid="P125" fsType="120" fsTag="FIGURE" fsID="ffff9a18" fsExclude="1" fsStructural="1" fsOffset="879" fsEnd="904" fsLeft="72" fsRight="1823" fsTop="490" fsBottom="590" fsPrompt="Content caption." role="figure">

JAWS version and build number

JAWS 2019 latest release

Operating System and version

Windows 10 Pro

Browser and version:

Chrome 71

@scottaohara scottaohara changed the title JAWS + Chrome ignores figures if image has empty alt JAWS + Chrome ignores figures if image has empty alt / lacks alt Jan 21, 2019

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