[whatwg] Should enter be mapped to click?

Anne van Kesteren annevk at opera.com
Mon Jul 14 05:29:31 PDT 2008

On Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:03:23 +0200, Aaron Leventhal <aaronlev at moonset.net>  
> Now that tabindex can be used on any element to make it focusable, it  
> makes sense that it should be possible to trigger a click on those  
> elements with the keyboard.
> Opera maps Enter to click. As far as I know, other browsers only do that  
> for a few elements like<a>.
> What do people think? Should it be spec'd?

Yes :angel:

Seriously though, I think it makes sense that focusable elements have  
activation behavior and that you can trigger that by both the keyboard and  

> At least the spec should say what elements map enter to click now.  
> Except for perhaps<textarea>  and a few form controls, I don't see why  
> some should and others not, though. Maybe it should be a blacklist?

I'm not sure it should go further then suggesting "Enter" to be the key  
for performing form submission, etc. After all, there's a lot of clients  
out there without an "Enter" key.

Anne van Kesteren

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