Autofocus in HTML5

You know what? Playing with forms and HTML5 can be really funny.

From now on no more JavaScript to autofocus a form input.

One single Attribute

Just add autofocus and it should automatically get focus when the page loads 😉

<input type="text" name="second" id="second" autofocus />
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

NOTE: Several HTML5 attributes, like autofocus, can be written like this:

<input type="text" name="second" id="second" autofocus="" /> <input type="text" name="second" id="second" autofocus="autofocus" /> <input type="text" name="second" id="second" autofocus />
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

Autofocus Supported Browers

Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera.

We can use a short JavaScript code to create the autofocus on old versions of Internet Explorer. See the full example below.


View demo

Full HTML5 Example

Please notice the script used after the Second Input.

< !DOCTYPE html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset=utf-8 /> <title>Autofocus Example | Developer's Blog</title> <body> <form action="" method=""> <fieldset> <legend>Form Name</legend> <p>First Input: <input placeholder="write your e-mail" type="text" name="first" id="first" /></p> <p>Second Input: <input type="text" name="second" id="second" autofocus /></p> <script> if (!("autofocus" in document.createElement("input"))) { document.getElementById("second").focus(); } </script> </fieldset> <p><input type="submit" /></p> </form> <br /><br /><a href="">Back to the post</a> </body> </head> </html>
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)


  1. Sample Demo Code:

    First name:
    Last name:

    If we add autofocus attribute to Last name, the function doesn’t works properly….
    Anyone can tell me the reason

    First name:
    Last name:

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