flow|state: Show mercy to keyboard users (yourself included) by setting the default keyboard focus In this post on flow|state the author explains the importance of setting the default keyboard focus in a web application – i.e. where text will appear if the user starts typing without clicking on a control or otherwise changing the focus. Some sites do set the focus appropriately (e.g. google search) but others seem to overlook this simple but important point (e.g. google reader, microsoft.com).
I’ve facilitated several agile projects where the customer or product owner has come up with a user story something like:
As a web site visitor
I want to start typing without having to change focus
so that I can get the results that I need as quickly as possible
I encourage all product owners to consider whether there is room for such a feature in their product backlogs!
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