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Skip the "Text Formatting: Help" link when tabbing (Feature #150)

Added by Eric Davis at 2011-02-06 01:56 am. Updated at 2011-02-27 10:11 pm.

Status:Closed Start date:2011-02-06
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:Felix Schäfer % Done:


Category:User interface
Target version:1.1.0 — Bell
Remote issue URL: Affected version:


If you are tabbing though an issue (or most other forms) the link to the Test formatting Help is targeted before the text area. I think we should skip over that link completely when tabbing.

I'm not sure how we could do this without using a tabindex for every other field in every form. Is there a tabskip or similar property we can use?

Associated revisions

Revision c73315e6
Added by Felix Schäfer at 2011-02-22 07:06 pm

Avoid selecting the help link while tabbing #150


Updated by Muntek Singh at 2011-02-06 04:03 am

I vaguely recall being able to set only one element tabindex = -1 and it performing this behavior, except in IE6 (which we shouldn't care about). I'll back this up with docs tomorrow.

Updated by Eric Davis at 2011-02-06 05:17 am

I just edited it using firebug and can confirm that tabindex="-1" makes the browser skip it. (Google Chrome on Linux)

Updated by Felix Schäfer at 2011-02-06 12:36 pm

Html 4) doesn't support it, the html 5 draft does though. Of note that Microsoft/IE supports that from IE 5.01 upwards.

In light of that, I think it's safe to use it, browsers that don't support it should ignore it, which doesn't break anything.

Updated by Felix Schäfer at 2011-02-09 04:24 pm

Mmh, I don't even get to the help link by tabbing… What browser(s) are incriminated here?

Anyway, I don't get there by tabbing with Safari, but Safari doesn't mind the tabindex="-1" being there.

Updated by Felix Schäfer at 2011-02-22 06:08 pm

Committed in c73315e6b0808e4d5e9ecc2b228fa554ec2e73fb, I also removed what seems like a leftover test string in a js file.

  • Assignee set to Felix Schäfer
  • Status changed from Open to Closed

Updated by Eric Davis at 2011-02-27 10:11 pm

Felix, make sure to set the target version when you merge.

1if merged_to == 'master'
2  target_version =
4  target_version =


  • Target version set to 1.1.0 — Bell

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