Fixing The Threaded Comments Tab Issue

Brian’s Threaded Comments is one of the best WordPress Plugin every made. It has really helped to increase the comment level on this blog. However, there is an issue with it for those who like to use their tab key when going from field to field.


People who like to tab have no problem until they get to the comment itself. After writing the comment and hitting the tab, they find that they’re taken to the top of the page instead of highlighting the add comment button.

I was never aware of this problem until Reformat This told me about it (I don’t use the tab key). Luckily, there is a simple fix for this problem and I want to thank Reformat This for coming up with it. All you tabbers can now tab your heart out. 🙂

46 thoughts on “Fixing The Threaded Comments Tab Issue”

  1. Bobs says:

    Thank you John!

    1. Jauhari says:

      Yes… I agree thanks for give me this information John 😉

    2. Gath says:

      Doesn’t ReformatThis deserve some of your thanks?

    3. Damn Bobs! You got a linkback from a major site! Nice!!

      1. Bobs says:

        I know – the Evil one himself! I have already been seduced my the darkside! 😈

        1. Dave says:

          Haha nicely done Bobs.

    4. Matt Jones says:

      ..You only have to enter your details once so it doesn’t seem like much of a big deal to me… am I missing somthing?

      1. Dave says:

        It’s not your details…it’s after you finish typing the comment. Instead of clicking on post comment with the mouse, just press tab and then enter.

        It didn’t work before, but now it does!

  2. Jane May says:

    Not that I used the tab button often here because of the problem, I may just have to start using it. It’s a really minor detail, but it’s so simple to click the tab as opposed to the mouse control. Great job Reformat This!

    1. Alex says:

      My mouse is really twitchy and tab makes my work a lot easier (amongst other useful keys).. 😉

      1. Jane May says:

        tell that mouse to lay off the crack! 😆

        1. Alex says:

          I’ll let him know.. :mrgreen:

          1. jake says:

            puff puff….what man….twitch twich, hey give me that back man.

          2. jake says:

            oops i mean snort snort

        2. Jane May says:

          Wow Jake! Sounds like there’s some experience behind those comments… a little graphic 😈

  3. ooooh! this is great. Thanks! The tab button makes forms a lot faster and this just made commenting(with brians plugin) even faster.

  4. Ronaldo says:

    I would never know about this, I don’t tab either.

      1. Alex says:

        I tab only when I’m filling out those long boring sign-up forms 😎

        1. Jane May says:

          It’s natural for me. So before it took more effort not to tab.

  5. awesome.. now I can tab my way around :mrgreen:

  6. I am testing it now. I noticed that after the Add Comment button if you wanna check the Notify Me of the Followup comments via e-mail, it won’t let you do it. It will take you right way to the top of the page. So either use your tab key or not get the followup comments via email. 😀

    1. Jane May says:

      I think I like that it doesn’t go to the check box. That way there is no room for error. I’ve gotten some people angerly email me because they accidentaly checked that box. Bad experience.

    2. Bobs says:

      Simple fix – just have to give it the next place in the tabindex (tabindex=”6″).

  7. shokthx says:

    Never cared for Tab. Hate diet drinks.

  8. Good for your usability index, although I don’t tab at all

  9. jake says:

    yay, glad you fixed it
    i tabbed all the way down.

    1. Jauhari says:

      Tab or not to tab that is the question :mrgreen:

  10. Chris M says:

    Very useful! I am going to install this asap!

  11. At least someone was finally able to bring this to your attention. :p

  12. This is good to know, John — might come in handy when my mouse feels a bit under the weather. 😉

  13. Piggy says:

    whats a usability index?

  14. Dave says:

    I’m a mad tabber, I tab and alt-tab and cntrl-tab in EVERYTHING. Let me tell you, it was driving me nuts to write out my comment and then by habit press tab and go all the way to the top of the post!

    Thanks for fixing this, my comment whoring efficiency just went up by 20%!

    1. Bobs says:

      I love the tab key. Without all the tab shortcuts I would be lost! “Alt+Tab” is the only way I navigate on my screens.

      If you are running Windows XP – check into the plugin for “Alt-Tab” – its pretty nice!

  15. I had never noticed this. Maybe its because I always click the button. I will have to fix this on my blog.

    1. No one notices these things because John is always a few steps ahead of everybody! 😈

  16. Amanda says:

    Thats actually a really good tip thanx!

  17. giorgio maximo says:

    worlds ultimate easiest found by google world’s most google’d

  18. I never even noticed this problem until you pointed it out. Now it’s going to bother me.

    1. blabWire says:

      Agreed. Now I find myself trying to do it on other sites, and usually failing miserably.


  19. uncle sha says:

    great fix! … i love this plugin too!!

    my comments are more interactive & more frequent now

  20. Mr. Red says:

    This is a Great fix for an issue i did not even know was there, thanks for the heads up.

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