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Re: Modal Dialog Content Not Being Read


From: Bryan Garaventa
Date: Jul 27, 2016 11:17AM

IE11 doesn't support aria-hidden? Actually it has been supported for a long time in both JAWS and NVDA.

I just tested this and it works correctly using the following modals:

1. Using a named region as the dialog container:


2. Using role=dialog plus aria-modal at:


I still don't like the role=dialog version (#2) because of how badly it works in NVDA in IE11, because they still insist on enforcing Applications Mode for dialogs. But please test the difference for yourself.

All the best,


Bryan Garaventa

Accessibility Fellow

SSB BART Group, Inc.


415.624.2709 (o)


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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Modal Dialog Content Not Being Read

I am seeing the same, plus IE11 does not respect aria-hidden="true" so a screen reader user can see, and navigate to the inert background content when the dialog is open.

I see this both with NVDA and Jaws 17.

I have not tested much with NVDA/IE, I test NVDA almost exclusively with Firefox.

NVDA has made remarkable improvements with IE, and I give them thumbs up for that, but that combination is still not as good as NVDA and FF, and I guess we can't ask for every a.t./browser combination to be accessible.

Just my 2,4 Icelandic krona (roughly equivalent of 2 cents).



On 7/27/16, Moore,Michael (Accessibility) (HHSC) < <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >> wrote:

> We made a small change to our modal dialogs to add an aria-label so

> that the title of the dialog would be read when it opened. However now

> the content of the dialogs is not accessible via NVDA in IE 11. Has

> anyone seen this before. We can fix the issue by removing the

> aria-label but we would like to have this extra information announced if possible.


> Mike Moore

> Accessibility Coordinator

> Texas Health and Human Services Commission Civil Rights Office

> (512) 438-3431 (Office)


> > archives at http://webaim.org/discussion/archives

> >


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