[whatwg] Should scrollbars move focus?

Ojan Vafai ojan at chromium.org
Wed Oct 31 16:08:20 PDT 2012

On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM, Robert O'Callahan <robert at ocallahan.org>wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM, Ojan Vafai <ojan at chromium.org> wrote:
>> Does anyone from Mozilla know why textarea scrollbars are special-cased in
>> Gecko? Would be good to know if there is a web compatibility requirement
>> here.
> I don't know of one off the top of my head. I can't see how it could be a
> compatibility requirement.
> I think what's happening here in Gecko is that a click on a focusable
> element moves focus, and a click on an element's scrollbars counts as a
> click on the element. So clicking on the scrollbar of a <textarea> or
> contenteditable <div> (or even a <button> containing content with a
> scrollbar, if you're mad) moves focus to that element. I think this is
> quite reasonable actually.
> Example: http://people.mozilla.org/~roc/scrollbar-focus.html

I see. Thanks for the clarification. I don't feel strongly about this.
Either direction seems fine. Although, it doesn't violate every native
platform's scrollbar convention.

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