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Opened 14 months ago

Last modified 13 months ago

#51418 reopened defect (bug)

Focus is not going or moving to editor options when using tab keys( Bold, Italic etc..)

Reported by: fornandakishore Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Editor Keywords:
Focuses: accessibility Cc:


Focus is not moving / going to editor options or buttons while using Tab key in the keyboard in WordPress default editor.

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Edit Post ‹ Wordpress — WordPress.webm (1.5 MB) - added by fornandakishore 14 months ago.
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51418 help.png (385.5 KB) - added by afercia 14 months ago.

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Change History (7)

#1 @talldanwp
14 months ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

Hi @fornandakishore. You now use arrow keys to move between buttons once focus is in the toolbar. The toolbar implements a roving tab index pattern as per this example:

14 months ago

Please find attachment for more Info

#2 @fornandakishore
14 months ago

  • Resolution wontfix deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

Focus is not going to buttons toolbar. Please find the above comment attached video for more info.

Last edited 14 months ago by fornandakishore (previous) (diff)

#3 @afercia
14 months ago

  • Keywords Tabkey removed
  • Milestone set to Awaiting Review
  • Severity changed from major to normal
  • Version 5.5.1 deleted

Thanks for your report @fornandakishore. Worth noting the classic editor powered by TinyMCE isn't the WordPress "default editor" any longer, so this info in your report created a bit of confusion.

In the classic editor, keyboard users can move focus to the editor toolbar by pressing the keyboard shortcut Alt + F10. It always worked this way and it's mentioned in the Help at the top of the page, see attached screenshot.

Also, when tabbing away from the post title, focus jumps directly to the editor content. I think this behavior was originally implemented to prioritize the writing experience and allow keyboard users to jump from the post title to the content with just one Tab key press. I'm not saying this is ideal but it always worked this way and users are pretty used to that. Users can always Shift+Tab to move from the editor to the Visual / Text buttons, the Add media button etc.

14 months ago

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #accessibility by afercia. View the logs.

13 months ago

#5 @afercia
13 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

This ticket was discussed during today's accessibility bug-scrub: the team agreed to move to Future Release for further consideration.

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