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From: Jeremy Echols
Date: May 26, 2017 4:20PM


It seems like being native HTML, it would be pretty accessible, but in my testing with Firefox and NVDA, it seems like it's... just painful to use. For instance, NVDA doesn't notify me when typeahead options show up, but worse, when I use the down-arrow to start selecting items, it re-reads the input label and aria-describedby text... on every single down-arrow selection.

Are there JavaScript typeaheads which are better? Is support for datalist just at such a bad point that it shouldn't be used?