Bug 196354 - AX: Role=switch is communicated as a "checkbox"
Summary: AX: Role=switch is communicated as a "checkbox"
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 268120
Alias: None
Product: WebKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Accessibility (show other bugs)
Version: Safari 12
Hardware: iPhone / iPad iOS 12
: P2 Normal
Assignee: Nobody
Keywords: InRadar
Depends on:
Reported: 2019-03-28 08:00 PDT by Scott
Modified: 2024-01-28 23:02 PST (History)
7 users (show)

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Description Scott 2019-03-28 08:00:36 PDT
As a follow up to bug 194006, I'm very happy to see that role=switch is now communicating state.  

However, this issue is to draw attention to the fact that role="switch" should be announced as a "switch" with an "on" or "off" state, rather than the present role announcement of "checkbox" and state of "checked" or "unchecked".

Making this change would match the implementation / announcements of macOS Safari + VO.

The following link provides additional testing information and Switch demos.


Thank you!
Comment 1 Radar WebKit Bug Importer 2019-03-28 08:01:07 PDT
Comment 2 Darin Senneff 2023-07-18 11:54:11 PDT
Bumping this to say that this is still present 4 years later with iOS 16.5.1 VoiceOver + Safari. 

When encountering a role="switch" element, VoiceOver still calls the element a "checkbox" with a "checked" or "unchecked" state. 

Changing this to announce the element as a "switch" with an "on" or "off" state would bring iOS Safari in line with MacOS Safari, JAWS, NVDA, Narrator, and TalkBack; which all announce the element as such.
Comment 3 Curtis Wilcox 2024-01-26 11:19:05 PST
I can still reproduce this problem with VoiceOver on iOS 17.3.
Comment 4 Tim Nguyen (:ntim) 2024-01-28 23:02:53 PST
Please check iOS 17.4 beta

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 268120 ***