Unable to set focus on a span

I'm just trying to set focus on a span, like:

<HTML><HEAD>
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
     <!--

function getFocus(which)
{
// get "null or not an object" with
// document.myForm.wantFocus.focus();

// get nothing with
 document.all.wantFocus.focus();
     
     return false;
}

//-->
</script>
</HEAD><BODY>

<form name="myForm" action="somefile.htm" method="post" onSubmit="return getFocus(this)">

<span id="wantFocus" style="text-decoration : underline; cursor : hand;">I Look like a Link and I want Focus!</span>

<table border="1"><!--- just some empty space to the Submit button --->
<tr height="700"><td>&nbsp;</td></tr></table>

<input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

</BODY></HTML>
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iamariAsked:
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CJ_SConnect With a Mentor Commented:
<a href="#" onCLick="return false">click here, won't do anything</a>
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CJ_SCommented:
You may look like a link but you cannot have focus. Become a link, frame, input field first.

CJ

(ps. span's cannot have focus)
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iamariAuthor Commented:
hmmm.... funny thing is, if i change it like this, it throws the "null..." error, but it works anyway
(remove the action="somefile.htm" and use  document.myForm.wantFocus.focus();
any ideas?

<HTML><HEAD>
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
     <!--

function getFocus(which)
{
// get "null or not an object" with
 document.myForm.wantFocus.focus();

// get nothing with
// document.all.wantFocus.focus();
     
     return false;
}

//-->
</script>
</HEAD><BODY>

<form name="myForm"  method="post" onSubmit="return getFocus(this)">

<span id="wantFocus" style="text-decoration : underline; cursor : hand;">I Look like a Link and I want Focus!</span>

<table border="1"><!--- just some empty space to the Submit button --->
<tr height="700"><td>&nbsp;</td></tr></table>

<input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

</BODY></HTML>


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CJ_SCommented:
It's not a form element, therefore.

It's just not possible.

CJ
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lexxwernCommented:
yupp. i dont know what more to add.

but does your span have any for elements in them? you should give them focus directly. not through a span.
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iamariAuthor Commented:
i thought once you id any tag element (id="wantFocus") you can address that tag in script
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CJ_SCommented:
Yes you can, but that does not mean that you can do everything with it. Every object has several properties and methods that can be accessed, they do not have to be the same for each and every object.

CJ
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iamariAuthor Commented:
perhaps you're right, what throws me off is that it actually works (see the second version)
it does set focus on the span, but only if i remove the "action" property on the form tag
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CJ_SCommented:
Did not for me... tried it :-/

CJ
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iamariAuthor Commented:
reason i tried <span> instead of <a href="##">:
the link just pops a new window. user selects something in new window, value is passed back to caller window.

using href will also reload the caller page. i want to avoid that.

tried <a id="wantFocus"> this doesn't load the caller, but it doesn't get focus either.

any other way to fix this?
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iamariAuthor Commented:
thanks, CJ, it works
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