Using IntelliJ with a screen reader


I've been using Jetbrains products for years now (starting ReSharper, but mostly recently mainly PyCharm, DataGrip and WebStorm, as well as a little on IntelliJ itself and Android Studio). I'm also losing my sight, so need to start preparing for when that happens.

So I'm wondering if there are any users on these forums that maybe have any experience with screen readers that can advise me.  Or even anyone from Jetbrains who can comment or point me at any resources that might help.

I mainly use a Mac and am trying to learn VoiceOver.  I posted about some problems I had using the toolbox app, and then PyCharm in the toolbox app forum ( but didn't get a reply.  Since then I've read some things that suggest that VoiceOver is no good for coding.  I've also read that IntelliJ based IDEs aren't the best for screen readers.  Certainly my limited experience with the 2 together was not good, and the toolbox app appears completely unusable with VoiceOver as far as I can tell.

I'd like to keep coding on my Mac, and I'd like to keep using Jetbrains products, but if either is a no-go then I'd like to know sooner rather than later.  Any advice at all would be great.

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@Serge Baranov thanks for that I set

ide.mac.file.chooser.native=false and IntelliJ hasn't hanged since I restarted (Maybe just lucky so far)? but seems like that did it.  I will make a point to create some IntelliJ/voiceover issues this weekend, have been meaning to for a long time but just haven't had the time...


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