Keyboard accessibility: changing tab order

Boyan Sheytanov boyan.sheytanov at
Wed Jan 27 12:12:51 UTC 2010

Hi all!

I was trying to force the following tab order of the elements in Capture for
Decapod: thumbnail item, take picture button, fix, compare, export. Since
the buttons are <a> elements, they were easily ordered (having assigned them
positive values for 'tabindex'). However, they do not seem to respond to
pressing the Enter key. Additionally, the thumbnail item is a <li> element
and the only valid values for the tabindex property are -1 or 0 (correct me
if I am wrong here). These make the element focusable or part of the default
tab order but I cannot find a way to make it the first element of the tab

My question is what is the 'proper' way to modify tab order and enable
keyboard navigation in accessible web applications.


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