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Posted by Colin Clark on 2009-07-09

Lots has changed since I last posted about Fluid's keyboard accessibility plugins for jQuery. Here's a quick summary of what's new:

We've donated our tabindex normalization functions to jQuery, and they're available directly in jQuery 1.3. Here's an example of how to use them:

 $().attr("tabindex"); // Gets the tabindex of the first matched element.
 $().attr("tabindex", -1); // Sets the tabindex value of all elements in this jQuery instance.

This now works consistently across all browsers in the jQuery way! There are some other tabindex-related conveniences in jQuery UI 1.7 core, too:

$().focusable(); // Returns true if the first matched element is currently focusable.
 $().tabbable(); // Returns true if the first matched element can be focused using the Tab/Shift-Tab keys.

Thanks so much to Scott Gonzalez for helping us land these patches in jQuery!

In my previous blog post about keyboard accessibility, I hinted at a comprehensive keyboard accessibility library that makes it easy to support desktop-style navigation with the keyboard. This plugin now ships as part of our Fluid Infusion application framework. It also works as a standalone jQuery plugin if you don't need the rest of Infusion's great features.

If you're interested in this plugin, here are a few links to get you started:

As always, comments, feedback, and suggestions are welcome.

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