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A form input focusing issue

If what I'm going to ask is even possible...

6:48 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've been wondering whether it is possible to make a text input to be focused immediately when the page is opened. With focusing, without a better word to use, I mean that the text field is made writeable. Sorry for my unconsciousness about the right term.

If you understood me and think this is possible, I would appreciate help.
7:48 pm on Sept 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Depending on your form and field names, add this in the page:

<body onload="document.emailform.name.focus()">

Where "emailform" is, put your form name.
Where "name" is, put the name of the field you want to focus.

12:47 pm on Sept 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I tried it and it worked. Thank you.
3:57 pm on Sept 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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While that works, it puts scripting into your page markup. Moving forward, separating presentation and scripting from content, this is probably better.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html lang="en">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<script type="text/javascript">
window.onload=function() {
if (document.getElementById('email-field')) {
<form action'"whatever">
<p><label for="email-field">Email:</label> <input type="text" name="email" id="email-field"></p>

Then you can put your JS in a separate file and do

<script type="text/javascript" src="myjs.js"></script>