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[Bug 13942] New: Allow @autofocus on any element with @tabindex

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Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:41:39 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-13942-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13942

           Summary: Allow @autofocus on any element with @tabindex
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/editing#focus
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: a11y
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Created attachment 1026
  --> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/attachment.cgi?id=1026
Demo page (the demo immitates a frameset page)

ISSUE:

* @autofocus is currently permitted only on 5 elements: button; input; keygen;
select; textarea
* HOWEVER, javascript is used to set focus also on other elements. One usecase
can be elements that imitated a frame: If the main content of the page is kept
inside that element, then authors would like to give focus to that element, so
that the user can start to scroll the page by pressing the SPACE key.
* Of course, it must continue to only be permitted to have a single @autofocus
per page.

EXAMPLE PAGE: (also available as attachment): http://tinyurl.com/4xy4nr8

ADVANTAGES: 

  Currently, one must use javascript to do this. This means that autofocus
can't be set whenever javascript is disabled or when the author is unfamiliar
with javascript.

DISADVANTAGE OF CURRENT SITUATION: 

   If a page contains e.g. a <button autofocus> element, the author might still
use javascript to give focus to another element than the one with @autofocus
set - making @autofocus virtually useless. But, if autofocus could be used to
give focus to any element with @tabindex, then the author is more likely  to
keep @autofocus and javascript in sync (e.g. if he/she uses javascript to
target legacy browsers).

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