Mithun Sreedharan Mithun Sreedharan - 6 months ago 37
HTML Question

Tab Index on div

Please see the form HTML code below

<form method="post" action="register">
<div class="email">
Email <input type="text" tabindex="1" id="email" value="" name="email"> </div>
</div>
<div class="agreement">
<div tabindex="2" class="terms_radio">
<div onclick="changeTerm(this);" class="radio" id="terms_radio_wrapper" style="background-position: left 0pt;">
<input type="radio" id="terms" value="1" name="terms"><label for="terms">I have read and understood the</label>
</div>
</div>
</div>
<div class="form_submit">
<input type="button" tabindex="3" value="Cancel" name="cancel">
<input type="submit" tabindex="4" value="Submit" name="submit">
</div>
</form>


Here I styled the agreement check box in such a way that radio input is completely hidden and background image is applied to the wrapper div, and onclick of the wrapper div will toggle the background image as well as the checked status of the radio input.

I need to set the tabindex index on the 'terms_radio' DIV, simply tabindex="2" attribute on div is not working,

Is it possible to bring the dotted border on the label for the radio input up on pressing the TAB when the cursor is at email input field?

Answer

DIV elements are not compatible with tabindex (see the HTML 4.01 spec).

(NOTE HTML 5 spec does allow this and it commonly works regardless)

The following elements support the tabindex attribute: A, AREA, BUTTON, INPUT, OBJECT, SELECT, and TEXTAREA.

Essentially anything you would expect to be able to hold focus; form elements, links, etc.

What I think you probably want to do here is use a bit of JS (I would recommend jQuery for something relatively painless) to bind to the focus event on the input element and set border on the parent div.

Stick this at the bottom of your body tag to grab jQuery from the Google CDN:

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Then something like this would probably do the trick:

$(function() {
    $('div.radio input').bind({
        focus : function() {
            $(this).closest('div.radio').css('border','1px dotted #000');
        },
        blur : function() {
            $(this).closest('div.radio').css('border','none');
        }
    });
});

Give that a shot and let me know how you get on :)