Closed Bug 1359888 Opened 5 years ago Closed 1 year ago

TalkBack announces Check Boxes as buttons


(Firefox for Android Graveyard :: General, defect, P5)

50 Branch


(firefox53 wontfix, firefox54 wontfix, firefox55+ wontfix, firefox56+ wontfix, firefox57+ wontfix, firefox58 fix-optional)

Tracking Status
firefox53 --- wontfix
firefox54 --- wontfix
firefox55 + wontfix
firefox56 + wontfix
firefox57 + wontfix
firefox58 --- fix-optional


(Reporter: jchen, Unassigned)



(Keywords: access)

+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #1332731 +++

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:50.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/50.0
Build ID: 20161208153507

Steps to reproduce:

start TalkBack
Navigate to
Navigate to one of the check boxes

Actual results:

Talkback announces Button

Expected results:

TalkBack should announce check box
Duplicate of this bug: 1360113
Seems likely this affects 56.   It does seem important to fix this since the difference between buttons and boxes means screen reader users may not know they can select more than one option in a form.
Seems unlikely we will have a fix for 55 but we could aim for 56.
Jim, any chance you could take this bug, or help find an owner for it? Thanks!
Eitan, do you still work on a11y?
Flags: needinfo?(nchen) → needinfo?(eitan)
I do. Haven't touched android in a while, I can look at this soon. Keeping NI
Sorry for the delay, I should have just looked at this before bothering to build from source.

When I navigate to "Option A", I get: "not checked, Option A check button", which is correct.

Jim, are you getting something different?
Flags: needinfo?(eitan) → needinfo?(nchen)
From bug 1332731 comment 23, I think the user expects "check box" instead of "check button", but I don't know if that's actually something under our control.
Flags: needinfo?(nchen)
I think "check button" is fine, but I will defer to Marco's opinion.
Flags: needinfo?(mzehe)
"checkbutton" is the Windows-inspired role string for this control, but checkbox is the more commonly used term in screen reader land, probably to better distinguish it from a normal button. Why Microsoft at some point chose to call this checkbutton is lost in the mists of time. We took our role strings primarily from there initially, and checkbox/checkbutton is a very old control. :)
Flags: needinfo?(mzehe)
We are only 1 week from RC. Mark 56 fix-optional but still happy to have the fix in 56.
Re-triaging per

Needinfo :susheel if you think this bug should be re-triaged.
Priority: -- → P5
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Closed: 1 year ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
Product: Firefox for Android → Firefox for Android Graveyard
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