How to set the focus to a specified field in a form

This is probably a general HTML question, but I’ll ask it here anyway.

Is there any way to set the focus to a specific field in a form
generated in
a view? The little I’ve found on so far suggests that I need to add
some
javascript to do this. I can go figure out how to do that, but it seems
like it should be the sort of thing that could already be built into
Rails.

–wpd

this one requires prototype (for textfield with id “searchtext”):

without prototype it would be something like this:
document.formname.fieldname.focus();

On Dec 5, 10:50 pm, Thorsten Müller [email protected] wrote:

this one requires prototype (for textfield with id “searchtext”):

Does that work for you in Internet Explorer? It didn’t for me. I’m
currently using a partial to hold my form-focus JavaScript and I pass
it the ID of the field I require focus for.

#/views/shared/_form_focus.html.erb

Then I call that in a view (in this example to pass focus to the field
with id first_name):

<%= render :partial => ‘shared/form_focus’, :locals => {:focusField =>
‘first_name’} -%>

For more discussion about this solution, see
http://forums.htmlhelp.com/index.php?act=Print&client=printer&f=12&t=5399

Does that work for you in Internet Explorer? It didn’t for me. I’m
currently using a partial to hold my form-focus JavaScript and I pass
it the ID of the field I require focus for.

Sorry, can’t say for sure. At least not after reading the thread you
linked.
If I got this right, the problem you mention happens only, if some
other
javascript (like alert) is executed same time.

But I can’t test it right now.

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 4:50 AM, Thorsten Müller
[email protected]wrote:

this one requires prototype (for textfield with id “searchtext”):

Thank you. That did it (for me with Firefox).

–wpd

And remember, kids, it's never too late to pick up bad habits. :-) The "language" attribute of the script tag has been deprecated for, oh, what, like TEN YEARS now? Just sayin' ... -- Hassan S. ------------------------ [email protected]

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 12:09 PM, Hassan S. <
[email protected]> wrote:

And remember, kids, it's never too late to pick up bad habits. :-) The "language" attribute of the script tag has been deprecated for, oh, what, like TEN YEARS now? Just sayin' ...

Ok,
As one of the “kids” to whom you refer (albeit a rather old, hairy
“kid”),
what would be the good habit I would want use instead?

–wpd

2008/12/5 Patrick D. [email protected]:

what would be the good habit I would want use instead?

Short answer:

Longer answer: read the spec – that is, develop the habit of looking
up the tags you’re using rather than relying on potentially incorrect
or out-of-date online references – http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/

Running your pages through the W3C validator will also point out
problematic markup, and frequently prevent a lot of styling and JS
headaches.

FWIW,

Hassan S. ------------------------ [email protected]

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