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:focusable Selector

focusable selector

Description: Selects elements which can be focused.

  • jQuery( ":focusable" )

Some elements are natively focusable, while others require explicitly setting a tab index. In all cases, the element must be visible in order to be focusable.

Elements of the following type are focusable if they are not disabled: input, select, textarea, button, and object. Anchors are focusable if they have an href or tabindex attribute. area elements are focusable if they are inside a named map, have an href attribute, and there is a visible image using the map. All other elements are focusable based solely on their tabindex attribute and visibility.

Note: Elements with a negative tab index are :focusable, but not :tabbable.


Select focusable elements and highlight them with a red border.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>focusable demo</title>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="//code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.1/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css">
  input, a, p {
    border: 1px solid #000;
  div {
    padding: 5px;
  <script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.js"></script>
  <script src="//code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.1/jquery-ui.js"></script>
<div><input value="text input"></div>
<div><a>anchor without href</a></div>
<div><a href="#">anchor with href</a></div>
<div><p>paragraph without tabindex</p></div>
<div><p tabindex="1">paragraph with tabindex</p></div>
$( ":focusable" ).css( "border-color", "red" );


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