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Tabindex and initial focus


From: Joseph Sherman
Date: Feb 1, 2018 11:07AM

Our PeopleSoft application uses positive tabindex on every interactive item in forms. No, we cannot change this. Yes, it's very annoying. Assuming focus is in the correct order, the problem is that initial focus for screen readers starts on the first tabindex on the page, skipping any directions or instructional material at the top of a page.

Is this an inherent property of positive tabindexes, that they steal initial page focus, or is this something we can change?