The tab order of line editing groups similar elements by type (e.g. post body, submit button) instead of post. Probably because this is how tabindex works in HTML when you ignore the possibility of having multiple posts' editors visible simultaneously and assign the same index to all elements of the same type.

This is insane.

I sometimes abort editing one post but leave the editor open (and ignore it, I mean, why not? I can!). Then, when editing a different post, and tabbing e.g. from the description field to the submit button, some UI element of the other post's editor is focused!

Steps to reproduce

  1. You need 2k reputation or so, or have a symbol next to your user name.
  2. Go to a question with at least one answer.
  3. Click edit on the question.
  4. Decide the question is fine after all.
  5. Click edit on the answer.
  6. Pretend you changed something here and press Tab.
  7. Be confused by the tab order, which caused the browser to focus the question's tag list.

I assume this is a bug, because I just cannot imagine that someone thought this makes any sense.

Please fix the tab order by taking into account multiple open editors (i.e. don't start at 1 — or 81 — on every post), or just close one editor when opening another one.

  • 2
    All post bodies are tabindex 81, all editing summaries are 89, etc., so it's like I guessed. Dec 14, 2011 at 18:04
  • I see two easy solutions for this. Set the tabindex values to match the following structure: Section 1 {1, 2, 3}, Section 2 {4, 5, 6}, ... OR Section 1 {1, 1, 1} Section 2 {2, 2, 2}. The browser should then move the focus intuitively, from top to bottom.
    – iglvzx
    Dec 14, 2011 at 18:10

1 Answer 1


This seems like a fairly rare scenario. If you decide something doesn't need editing, hit cancel.

  • I face it quite often actually. Typically when I want to copy parte of the question source to the answer. Jun 25, 2016 at 18:43
  • Why not hit cancel for me when I'm opening multiple editors? If it's as rare as you claim, nobody will complain about this change. Jun 25, 2016 at 19:12

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .