[whatwg] Is there a way to stop scrolling when pressing directional arrows?

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Mon Jun 14 13:02:11 PDT 2010

On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 15:58 -0400, Gordon P. Hemsley wrote:

> For what it's worth, I am actually of the opposite opinion, Ash.
> I like it when Flash steals the focus of the keyboard, and here's why:
> Besides the arrow keys, which are available to everyone, I also use
> the "Find As You Type" feature in Firefox. However, that usually means
> that I can't play any HTML5 games that use letters as play keys.
> Because the HTML5 game usually doesn't steal the focus of the
> keyboard, typing a letter key activates the FAYT feature and distracts
> me from the game.
> With that being said, Bespin (from Mozilla Labs) uses <canvas>, and it
> has no problem stealing the keyboard focus (with JavaScript) for most
> keypresses.
> Gordon
> 2010/6/14 Ashley Sheridan <ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk>
>         On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 13:38 -0600, Carlos Andrés Solís wrote:
>         > Hello! I've been noticing a problem in many HTML5 test apps,
>         > very especially games. When the directional arrow buttons
>         > are pressed, the screen scrolls. This is a problem that, as
>         > far as I know, Flash had solved by changing the focus of the
>         > application to the app. Is this doable in HTML5?
>         > - Carlos Solís
>         I don't think it's something that was 'solved'  by Flash. To
>         be honest, I'm often annoyed at the way Flash steals the focus
>         of all my key presses making it almost impossible to navigate
>         using only the keyboard.
>         You could use Javascript to put the focus onto an object,
>         capture all the key presses on that and return false for them
>         all maybe.
>         Thanks,
>         Ash
>         http://www.ashleysheridan.co.uk
> -- 
> Gordon P. Hemsley
> me at gphemsley.org
> http://gphemsley.org/http://gphemsley.org/blog/
> http://sasha.sourceforge.net/http://www.yoursasha.com/

It's not that I have it in for Flash, but I feel it's not the most
accessibility friendly of things you find on the web.


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