[whatwg] Drop tabindex=""

Colin Lieberman colin at fontshop.com
Wed Mar 21 07:56:55 PDT 2007

Drop tabindex altogether. It's just not useful.

See the Web Accessibility Initiative Interest Group discussion on the 


Tabindex is not a substitute for poorly organized documents, and at the 
end of the day, it's up to the UA to give the user final say on tab order.

Colin Lieberman

Arve Bersvendsen wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Mar 2007 04:16:41 +0100, Simon Pieters <zcorpan at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>> 3) The "tab order" should be up to the user. In Opera you can 
>> navigate in any direction you want using e.g. Shift+arrows, allowing 
>> you to freely navigate in tables for instance. The author shouldn't 
>> have any say about the tab order other than the source order.
> That holds true for Opera on desktop. Keep in mind that there are 
> devices without useful 4-way navigation, such as the Sony Ericsson 
> M600i, where your only means of (keyboard) navigation is through the 
> scroll wheel on the side of the device.
> --Arve Bersvendsen, Web Applications Developer
> Opera Software ASA, http://www.opera.com/

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