Finicky Form Fields

Bhavya shah

Dear all,

I am using NVDA 2022.3.2 on a Windows 10 machine with latest stable
versions of Firefox and Edge. I often encounter list boxes, combo
boxes and potentially other similar form fields on the web where NVDA
does not report the selection when arrowing or Tabbing through them.
While I don't have test cases to point to right now (the one form that
exhibited this issue just now is internal), such form fields typically
require me to Alt+down arrow into them. But once that is done,
selecting an option by arrowing to it and pressing Space can be very
finicky, often not doing anything and simply collapsing the form field
again. But even in the instances where the correct option was
selected, NVDA does not report the selection leaving me unsure and
trying to get back into the form field to double-check. Notably, JAWS
tends to work smoother with web forms, and reads out my selection even
as I arrow past the list box in this case.

Have you experienced any of the above bugs or similar? Are these issue
known and/or documented? Are there any work-arounds or strategies to
make NVDA work better with some of these web form elements?

I would truly appreciate any inputs.

Kind Regards,
Bhavya Shah
B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science | Stanford '24

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