[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 199671] New: Change of default behavior of tab to focus on form elements

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Wed Jul 10 09:21:27 PDT 2019


            Bug ID: 199671
           Summary: Change of default behavior of tab to focus on form
           Product: WebKit
           Version: Safari 12
          Hardware: Unspecified
                OS: Unspecified
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: DOM
          Assignee: webkit-unassigned at lists.webkit.org
          Reporter: pierbover11 at gmail.com

By default Webkit does not focus on checkboxes/radio/buttons when pressing tab unless a user setting is enabled. This means that by default the tabindex attribute is ignored on certain elements. This seems to go against the typical behavior of sequential focus navigation.

It seems strange that only these specific elements are ignored. For example, it is possible to specify tabindex on a div and pressing tab will focus on it. Is there really more value in being able to focus on a div than a checkbox?

While I understand this unique behavior is historical in Safari, and that it is possible to use alt+tab to focus on any element, shouldn't there be a way for developers to allow focusing on any element when using the universal default keyboard navigation shortcut (tab)? For example, the default behavior could be kept intact unless tabindex was specified in the checkbox.

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