Disable setfocus() in Firefox

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I get really annoyed when web pages try to divert my cursor focus to a specific control, especially when I'm typing. Is their a way to disable functionality?

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Use NoScript perhaps?

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Yes, I looked at that extension, but I don't want to disable all JS on the page. I just want the setfocus() function to never work on any site I visit again.

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Whoa...talk about SEO.

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I guess I had the function wrong. It is the focus() function.

Here is a partial solution...adding this in the user.js file solves the issue.

user_pref("capability.policy.policynames", "nofocus");
user_pref("capability.policy.nofocus.sites", "http://agstesting.com");
user_pref("capability.policy.nofocus.HTMLInputElement.focus", "noAccess");

The only problem is that the sites has to be listed. Oh well. I only have a couple sites where is is especially annoying.

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Here is a code hint for those programming:

On the script where you tell it to set focus once the page loads, CHECK your inputs to make sure nothing is already typed.

This is also a pet peeve of mine on my old bank's site. By the time the page finally loaded everything, I was usually already in the middle of typing my password and in would put me back in the username input, where guess what, I just submitted at least part of my password in the username field.

Thanks for the info on the user.js file, I'm going to look into that more to see what you can do in there.

-Greg

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I have to agree - pages that set focus on a form field are a major irritant. Most often I use the keyboard to scroll a page, and this set focus action means I have to reach for the mouse to click on the page first.

It makes sense for Google to do it though - you are unlikely to want to do anything other than fill in the search field. But why would you do this on a page full of reading matter?

More about user JavaScript at Wikipedia.

Cordially, David
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