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It is a trap! A lock for a Focus. A11y util for scoping a focus.
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It is a trap! We got your focus and will not let him out!


This is a small, but very useful for:

  • Modal dialogs. You can not leave it with "Tab", ie tab-out.
  • Focused tasks. It will aways brings you back.

You have to use it in every modal dialog, or you a11y will be shitty.

How to use

Just wrap something with focus lock, and focus will be moved inside on mount.

 You can not leave this form
 <button @click="onClick" />

Demo -


From MDN Article about accessible dialogs:

  • The dialog must be properly labeled
  • Keyboard focus must be managed correctly

This one is about managing the focus.

I'v got a good article about focus management, dialogs and WAI-ARIA.


  1. It will always keep focus inside Lock.
  2. It will cycle forward then you press Tab.
  3. It will cycle in reverse direction on Shift+Tab.
  4. It will do it using browser tools, not emulation.
  5. It will handle positive tabIndex inside form.
  6. It will prevent any jump outside, returning focus to the last element.

!! this realisation will not return focus to the original place on Unlock !!

You can use nested Locks or have more than one Lock on the page. Only last, or deepest one will work. No fighting.


FocusLock has few props to tune behavior, all props are optional:

  • disabled, to disable(enable) behavior without altering the tree.
  • group='', named focus group for focus scattering aka combined lock targets.
  • noFocusGuards=false, disable focus guards - virtual inputs which secure tab index.

Removing Tailing Guard

FocusLock is adding Focus Guards before and after lock to remove some side effects, like page scrolling. If you want to allow user tab into address bar (only if your modal is the last tabbable element on the body), you might remove the Tailing Guard. To do this, set noFocusGuards prop to tail.

<FocusLock no-focus-guards="tail">

How it works

Everything thing is simple - vue-focus-lock just dont left focus left boundaries of component, and do something only if escape attempt was succeeded.

It is not altering tabbing behavior at all. We are good citizens.



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