Monday, June 20, 2005

Tab Focus in Firefox on OS X

Even though I turned full keyboard access on in OS X, Firefox would not allow me to tab to form elements besides text fields (i.e. no buttons, drop downs, etc.). If you go to "about:config" in Firefox, you can set the accessibility.tabfocus property. According to the knowledge base, accessibility.tabfocus:
Determines which web page elements can gain focus when [Tab] key is pressed. 1: Text field form controls only 2: All form controls except text fields 3: All form controls 4: Hyperlinks and hyperlinked images 7 (default): All form controls and hyperlinks
I chose 7 as this is the Windows default. Update: In FireFox 1.5, I had to right click in the "about:config" window and manually create the accessibility.tabfocus entry.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip! I was trying to figure out how to do this but did not realize that you can manually create new entries in about:config

1:29 PM  
Blogger spuddybuddy said...

This tip was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Bob.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Any luck with Firefox 2.0?

8:26 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks Bob, thats just what I needed. Everywhere else said to set that option, but I also didn't realize I could create new options if it wasn't already there.

And Aaron, I can can attest to it working on Firefox 2.0.0.3 on OS X 10.4.9.

11:25 AM  
Blogger rohit said...

thanks for this! works on firefox 2.0.0.12 on OS X 10.4.11 as well

10:27 PM  

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