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Introduction

This post talks about how I implemented an accessible combobox widget, and all the hoops I jumped through.

The biggest hoop was the W3C ARIA community screws up on ARIA 1.1 combobox specs. ARIA 1.2 has a fix, but it is still in working draft.

Without knowing this, I went ahead to implement 1.1 combobox. It was costly to realize that screen readers have poor support for ARIA 1.1 comboboxes and I later had to switch to ARIA 1.2.

If you are building combobox / autocomplete like widgets and care about accessibility, this post can help you learn what’s ahead.

If you are researching accessible UI libraries, I also compare a few of them and their combobox implementations. …

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Junji Zhi

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