Anchor tag and Text field Focus

Posted on 2008-11-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a html file :


 <script type="text/javascript" src="keyboard.js" charset="UTF-8"></script>

<input type="text">
<a href="#">FIRST</a><br>
<a href="#">SECOND</a><br>
<a href="#">THIRD</a><br>
<a href="#">FOURTH</a>

and a JS file as well...

Now my question is that when i press tab on the browser it straight away heads to the text field...

I wan't that it should focus straight on the anchor tag instead of the text field..

How is it possible?

Question by:manas_sharma86
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Expert Comment

ID: 22855955
Add tabindex="1" to whichever element you would like the tab key to send you to first.

Expert Comment

ID: 22855958
Here is an example.
<input type="text" name="test"/>

<a href="#test" tabindex="1">Test</a>

<input type="text" name="test2" tabindex="3" />

<input type="text" name="test3" />

<a href="#test2" tabindex="2">Test 2</a>

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Author Comment

ID: 22855990
Cool...And if i don't wan't the browser to react to the tab key..Is that possible...

As in if i press tab...then nothing happens?

Accepted Solution

lpxtech earned 500 total points
ID: 22856021
I don't think it's possible to have no reaction to the tab key all together. Althought, you can prevent an tabindex's within the web page using tabindex="-1"

You could use a javascript function to loop through all of the elements you want to disable also and add the tabindex="-1" on page load, but it only works in IE, code is below.


function disableTab(elms) {

	for (var i = 0; i < elms.length; i++) {




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