Is it possible to stack multiple live regions, so that they all announce appropriately within a screen reader?

I have this setup:

<a class="action" href="javascript: void(0);" aria-controls="message RIO">Click here</a>

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<div id="message" aria-live="polite" role="alert"></div>

<div id="RIO" class="offscreen" aria-live="polite" role="status"></div>

// javascript
    $('.action').on('click', function(event){
        $('#message').empty().append('Out of stock online');
        $('#RIO').empty().append('Out of stock at selected store');


Only one of the messages is being relayed (the second one - RIO). I would like the screenreader to notify of both regions when the action takes place (click of link).

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Apparently this is a limitation of WAI-ARIA live regions.

@rathernerdy That’s an inherent limitation. There’s no way to buffer or stack them directly. You’ll have to get creative.

— WebAIM (@webaim) January 20, 2015

One potential approach I found is to stack the messages in javascript, and append to a container all at once. With logic, you can determine if messages are combined prior to appending.

Demo: http://jsfiddle.net/jasonday/q8z901oj/

  • 1
    The fiddle link is 404
    – gaurav5430
    Commented Jun 7, 2019 at 6:54

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