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Rule n° 160 - Keyboard focus has not been removed or masked.

The keyboard focus indicates where the cursor is in a page. To see it while you are browsing a site, press the Tab key on your keyboard and you will see it change location on the page. If you don't see it, the site creator may have had the bad idea to delete or hide it.

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  • Allow navigation using the keyboard or input devices or other mechanisms that are not reliant on the mouse.


Be careful not to hide or remove the visual focus effect that indicates which element has been reached when navigating with the keyboard. In particular, do not override the default value of the CSS outline property without replacing it with another custom value or a visual effect which is sufficiently noticeable.

Do not remove keyboard focus using JavaScript (use of the onblurevent).


This check is carried out on all interactive elements, primarily using the tabulation key and, in the interface of certain widgets, using specific movement keys (arrow keys).

For each interactive element contained in the pages checked:

  • Check that there is at least a visual indication of the browser's default focus, or that there is a specific visual indication.

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Business application and benefits

The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.

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The objective of these rules and the Opquast community mission is ‘making the web better’ for your customers and for everyone! Opquast rules cover the key major areas of risk that can negatively affect website users such as privacy, ecodesign, accessibility and security.

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