Google released version 70 of the Chrome Browser this week, and you may notice that navigating combo boxes has changed when using JAWS – no, you are not doing anything wrong. This change in behavior is due to how the new Chrome version handles events, which in turn impacts combo boxes. This change impacts users of JAWS 2018 and earlier when navigating to a combo box and attempting to read the contents without first opening it using ALT + DOWN Arrow. Thanks to our close partnership with the Google Chrome developers, we have implemented the changes needed in JAWS 2019 and Fusion 2019 to ensure combo boxes will read correctly, without the need to open them first.
This same change will be available in JAWS 2018 in a November update, and will correct this behavior for JAWS 2018 and Fusion 2018. In the meantime, when navigating to a combo box open it first to get the correct behavior.