What is the reason behind Playwright's keyboard methods not working with select menus on macOS and how can I work around this issue?


Issue with Keyboard Methods in Select Menus on macOS

Playwright's keyboard methods might not work with select menus on macOS because these menus are native elements, and Playwright's keyboard methods are designed for web elements. Native elements have separate event listeners and handlers compared to web elements, causing compatibility issues.

Workaround: Using selectOption Method

Instead of keyboard methods, you can use Playwright's selectOption method to select an option from a dropdown menu. This method finds the option element within the dropdown menu and clicks on it, triggering the appropriate events.

Here's an example using selectOption:

import { test, expect } from '@playwright/test';

test('Select an option using selectOption', async ({ page }) => {
  await page.goto('https://ray.run/');
  await page.selectOption('select#your-select-element', 'your-option-value');
  // Add your assertions here

Alternative Solution: Operating System-Specific Key Combinations

You can also use operating system-specific key combinations instead of individual key presses. For example, on macOS, use Meta+A or Control+A to trigger "Select All" instead of simulating each key press.

In conclusion, when working with select menus on macOS, Playwright's keyboard methods might not work as expected. To overcome this issue, consider using alternative solutions such as the selectOption method or operating system-specific key combinations.

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