Tabindex on the Mac
Wed, 27 Jan, 2010
Tabindex can be a very helpful attribute when coding a complexly-structured web form or page for accessibility. It basically tells a page the order in which elements should be highlighted when the tab key is used. Remember, lots of assistive technologies use the tab input.
While coding, I stumbled across this little nugget that I thought I'd share here, thanks to Edward Bilodeau (same guy, new blog).
How to get Firefox/Mac to recognize tab index I just spent the better part of an hour trying to get tabindex to work under Firefox/Mac OS X. The solution lies not in Firefox, but in the Mac OS X preferences. Apple Menu > System Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts and under "Full Keyboard Access" choose "All controls". Sweet lord....
Without this enabled, every page in your browser becomes a keyboard trap. Very frustrating. Thanks, Edward!