Interaction Required in Combo Box to Announce Value

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

Short Description

When screen reader user arrives in combo box, value not read until user interacts

Long Description

  • A combo box can have one of three statuses, no items are selected, one item is selected, or multiple items are selected.
  • When a screen reader user arrives on a combo box, the current status should be announced, either no item selected or the names of selected items.
  • If the user must interact with the items in a combo box to learn what is there, it means they change the current status and thus cannot know the initial status. This is particularly problematic if they unintentionally change the initial status and cannot change it back because they do not know what it was.

Example of Issue

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  • Assistive technology should be able to access the current state of a combo box without the user interacting directly with the combo box.

Related Issues



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader

Impacted Type of Device


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