Closed Bug 413749 Opened 17 years ago Closed 14 years ago

Unable to tab into a Flash/Flex RIA application or set focus in JavaScript.


(Firefox :: General, defect)

2.0 Branch
Windows XP
Not set





(Reporter: bill, Unassigned)




(Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-07-30])

User-Agent:       Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.0.3705; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; Media Center PC 4.0; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; InfoPath.1)
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20071127 Firefox/

The example URL domonstrates that the tab cycle does not tab to the Flash/Flex application. I have also tried to set focus in JavaScript but that didn't work either.

This means that I can't use a Flash application without using the mouse.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Goto
2. Press the tab key until it skips the Flex Showcase application
3. Or use flashObj.focus() in JavaScript.
Actual Results:  
Does not give the Flash/Flex application focus.

Expected Results:  
Give focus to the Flash/Flex application.

I have found no work-around for this bug.
I can confirm this bug. Tabbing on the Flex showcase page runs in circles, but the Flash object never gains focus. Same on other Flash sites, for example - that page is fully keyboard accessible once a user mouse-clicked into the object, but it is impossible to tab into the Flash object.

This is a severe accessibility issue as it prevents people who cannot use a mouse to access any Flash content.

According to Yahoo employees wmode="transparent" might also prevent a Flash object from getting focus (like on, but both examples above do not have this param set.
I just saw that the original reporter used Firefox 2. But the issue is still around in Firefox 3.0.4 (Gecko/2008102920).
I have seen comments (  stating the problem exists for Chrome and Opera, which indicate it could be a webkit issue ...
This bug was originally reported on Firefox 2.x or older, which is no longer supported and will not be receiving any more updates. I strongly suggest that you update to Firefox 3.6.6 or later, update your plugins (flash, adobe, etc.), and retest in a new profile. If you still see the issue with the updated Firefox, please post here. Otherwise, please close as RESOLVED > WORKSFORME
Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-07-30]
Version: unspecified → 2.0 Branch
No reply, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.8 or later and a new profile ( If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Closed: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE

This bug is present in the latest version of firefox (7.0.1) the issue can be seen on the following page:

Its not possible to tab to the flash content on the page. I'm not sure what to do form here? should i raise a new bug?
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