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Anchor tag and Text field Focus

Posted on 2008-11-01
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I have a html file :

<html>


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

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

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?

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Question by:manas_sharma86
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Add tabindex="1" to whichever element you would like the tab key to send you to first.
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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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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?
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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.
disableTab(document.getElementsByTagName("input"));

disableTab(document.getElementsByTagName("a"));

function disableTab(elms) {

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

		elms[i].tabIndex="-1";

	}

}

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