User-Agent: SpaceBison/0.01 [fu] (Win67; X; SK) Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030624 4.x's tab key behavior was more conducive to keyboard control of the mail/news window; the newer behavior makes pure keyboard control more difficult, and does not appear to make anything else easier in trade. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Open a mailbox or newsgroup. 2. Click on any entry, and wait for it to load in the bottom pane. 3. Press Tab. Actual Results: The focus moved to the (copyable but otherwise noninteractive) Subject: header. Repeated tabbing shifts to the Date: header (or date, if headers are collapsed), Newsgroup: header (if shown), Followups-to: header, and finally to the message pane proper. Expected Results: The focus should have moved directly to the message pane proper, so that the window could be scrolled up and down with the arrow keys.
confirming windows server 2003 mozilla 1.5b this makes sense to me
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Created attachment 130755 [details] [diff] [review] Tentative patch (ugly side-effect) Attached a patch -- alright, a *hack* -- that alters this behavior... Now, if (and only if) the header-pane is collapsed, Tab skips the subject and date -- at the cost of not being able to select them at all. This is decidedly suboptimal, and prevents application of equivalent patches to the expanded pane's layout (unless you're willing to forfeit selection and copying of headers entirely short of View Source). The other options, as far as I can tell, are: 1) Set the 'tabIndex' field of the label to something nonzero. - This will leave the field in the tabbing order, but at the very end; this is perhaps harmless, but also... uncouth. 2) Provide a method to remove objects from the tabbing order. - The usual suggested method is to make a negative tabIndex have this effect, and I believe IE does this -- in direct contravention of the W3C standard, alas; see bug 56809. 3) Mark this bug VERIFIED WONTFIX. Any better ideas?
xref bug 165999
Assignee: mail → nobody
QA Contact: esther → message-display
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