Intent to Experiment: Focusgroup

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Benjamin Beaudry

May 16, 2022, 3:05:45 PMMay 16

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The Focusgroup feature will facilitate keyboard focus navigation using the keyboard arrow keys among a set of focusable elements.

Blink component


TAG review

TAG review status



Interoperability and Compatibility

Gecko: No signal ( Pending

WebKit: No signal

Web developers: Positive

Other signals:

WebView application risks

Does this intent deprecate or change behavior of existing APIs, such that it has potentially high risk for Android WebView-based applications?

Goals for experimentation

Test out the current design of the "focugroup" attribute and get feedback from developers to eventually guide spec developement. We are working with the Microsoft FAST team ( and we expect feedback from them and welcome feedback from the entire web community.

Reason this experiment is being extended

Ongoing technical constraints


Dev tools error logging is supported for various invalid combinations of focusgroup values in HTML.

Will this feature be supported on all six Blink platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and Android WebView)?


Supported on all platforms but requires a keyboard with directional arrows.

Is this feature fully tested by web-platform-tests?


Flag name


Requires code in //chrome?


Tracking bug

Estimated milestones

No milestones specified

Link to entry on the Chrome Platform Status

Links to previous Intent discussions

Intent to prototype:

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Yoav Weiss

May 17, 2022, 12:39:44 AMMay 17
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What milestones are you planning to run the experiment on?

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Benjamin Beaudry

May 18, 2022, 5:09:26 PMMay 18
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We are planning to run the OT in Microsoft Edge 104, 105 and 106.

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Chris Harrelson

May 18, 2022, 7:02:29 PMMay 18
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