Brave Crashes when Hover Text is Locked in macOS Catalina

Using Accessibility option Hover Text in locked mode causes Brave to crash on macOS Catalina.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Enable Hover Text
a. Open System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom
b. Check “Enable Hover Text” to turn it on.
c. Hit the Command key 3 times to “Lock Hover Text”

  1. If necessary, open Brave
    3.Do almost anything in Brave and within a minute it will crash.

I can’t give a screenshot — it happens too quickly.

I expected that Brave would perform like other Chromium based browsers, which do NOT display this problem (e.g., Chrome, Opera).

Reproduces every time I use Hover Text in locked mode.

macOS Catalina 10.15.7 (19H114)
Brave 1.19.90 Chromium: 88.0.4324.146 (Official Build) (x86_64)
I also tried it with today’s Brave nightly and beta versions. I don’t have the exact numbers on those, because I deleted them after I saw that they also crashed.

This was reported as far back as 12/2019. See:

Kenz mentioned using the command key for activation, but I found that the problem occurs no matter which key is used for activating Hover Text.

This is an accessibility issue, so I hope that it will finally get fixed.

@BevInTX ,
Thank you for reaching out to us. I’m forwarding this to the team right now for review.

@BevInTX ,
Actually after a second of digging, I’ve found that the issue is already known and logged on our Github:

I’ve added your report to the thread and have pinged some devs to get additional eyes on the issue given that it hasn’t been updated in some time.

Thanks! All of us who use Hover Text appreciate this.

When I tested using Hover Text yesterday with Brave in unlacked mode, I didn’t do it long enough. I did further testing this morning and this Github entry is correct. If you use Hover Text in any mode (locked or unlocked) with any activation key (control, option, or command), Brave crashes within a minute.

1 Like

You’re very welcome. I’ve confirmed that the issue is being worked on – you can follow the progress by tracking the issue listed above.