Firefox/Features/Plugin keyboard focus

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Plugin keyboard focus
Stage Definition
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Health OK
Status note Josh is working on bug 637253 in preparation for the real fix. I believe 637253 is resolved fixed. Can we move into the larger fix here now? I'm also very very interested in whether or not there are any short-term hacks we can deploy to alleviate this problem sooner rather than later.


Product manager Asa Dotzler
Directly Responsible Individual Asa Dotzler
Lead engineer Josh Aas
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Paul Silaghi
UX lead Alex Limi
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members `

Open issues/risks

  • I'd like to make sure that if the developer of the plugin content hasn't explicitly said that they'll override Ctrl/Cmd-qualified shortcuts, they'll be passed through by default.

Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

When a plugin is focused (typically Flash), it will steal keyboard shortcuts, so you can't do thing like open a new tab or close the tab without unfocusing the plugin container. We should give plugins the ability to pass through shortcuts to the browser.

This feature falls primarily in the Experience category (from the "Discover, Experience, and Connect" vision statement.)

2. Users & use cases


3. Dependencies


4. Requirements




Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design

Interaction is described in bug 491141.

Stage 3: Planning

7. Implementation plan


8. Reviews

Security review


Privacy review


Localization review




Quality Assurance review


Operations review


Stage 4: Development

9. Implementation

bug 491141, bug 637253 — is there any way we could do what's described in bug 692973

Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria


Feature details

Priority P1
Rank 10
Theme / Goal `
Roadmap User Experience
Secondary roadmap `
Feature list Desktop
Project Flash
Engineering team Plugins

Team status notes

  status notes
Products ` After talking with Accessibility and UX, it's clear that we need to move this up in priority.
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