Using aria-activedescendant attribute to control focus within a widget does not work

Fixed Issue #8571350


Georgi K.
Aug 22, 2016
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Found in
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer
Reported by 1 person

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Steps to reproduce


Using aria-activedescendant to allow changes in focus within widgets does not work in latest IEs. Link for more information about aria-activedescendant:

Here are some official examples showing how to use an aria-activedescendant attribute correctly:

Steps to replicate the issue

  • Open the in Edge
  • Run Narrator, NVDA or similar screen reader
  • Focus the “combobox” and open the popup
  • Navigate using UP/DOWN arrows
  • The screen reader is silent!

Related issues

We reported this bug for IE10 and IE11, but the issue was closed as "Won’t Fix":


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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “Ibrahim O.”

      Changed Assigned To to “Bogdan B.”

      Changed Status to “Fixed”

    • Thank you for the report, we’ve made changes to aria-activedescendant in Windows Anniversary update in Edge, and encourage to try it. I’ve tried the samples you’ve provided in Edge and Narrator and they do work.

      All the best,
      The MS Edge Team

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