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Accessible behavior of Label + Combo [message #484518] Tue, 08 September 2009 02:29
Benjamin Gold is currently offline Benjamin GoldFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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I'm trying to find any documentation or other notes about the behavior I'm
seeing. Basically what I've found is that if you have a Label followed by
a Combo, the JAWS screen reader will only read the Label if it has a
mnemonic in the text (i.e. "T&ext"). Is this expected behavior? Or does
anyone know if there an option in JAWS to get it to read non-mnemonic

Here's a code snippet that demonstrates the issue:

Display display = new Display();

Shell shell = new Shell();

GridLayout gLayout = new GridLayout();
gLayout.numColumns = 2;


Label testLabel = new Label (shell, SWT.NONE);

// Removing & from the Label causes it to not be read by JAWS
testLabel.setText("&Label Text:");

Combo testCombo = new Combo (shell, SWT.DROP_DOWN | SWT.READ_ONLY |


while (!shell.isDisposed())
if (!display.readAndDispatch())

Ben Gold
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