TABLES AND SCREEN READERS

How screen readers read tables?

The screen reader software informs users that there is a table, and says how many columns and rows there are, e.g., “Table with 3 columns and 5 rows.”

After hearing this, the user can decide to let the screen reader keep reading through all of the cells in regular mode, or the user can navigate cell by cell (sometimes referred to as “table navigation mode”).

In regular mode, the screen reader starts in the upper left cell of the first row, reads across the row, then goes to the next row and reads it left to right, and so on through all of the rows. In table navigation mode, the user can navigate in any direction, using the appropriate keyboard combination in the screen reader.

 

Method 1: Show list of all tables

Screen Reader & Browser            Command

JAWS with Chrome: Insert + F3 (to open Elements List), then select tables

NVDA with Firefox, Chrome        Not available

 

Method 2: Navigate from one table to the next

Screen Reader & Browser            Command

JAWS with Chrome: Press T

NVDA with Firefox+Chrome: Press T

 

Method 3: Navigate between cells within a table

Screen Reader & Browser            Command

JAWS with Chrome: Control + Alt + Arrow keys

NVDA with Firefox, Chrome: Control + Alt + Arrow keys

 

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