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jQuery ListView Keyboard Navigation

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Keyboard navigation provides all web and app users with a fast keyboard-only navigation capability and is also part of the web accessibility features–it enables users with disabilities to fully control their website or app access through the keyboard.

By default, users can only navigate to links, buttons, and form controls with a keyboard. The navigation order in which interactive items receive keyboard focus has to be logical and intuitive. Generally, keyboard navigation logic needs to follow the visual horizontal and vertical flow of the page, for example, left to right and top to bottom, header first followed by the main and then the page navigation.

The keyboard navigation of the Kendo UI for jQuery ListView is always available as demonstrated in this demo.

This ListView example is part of a unique collection of hundreds of jQuery demos, with which you can see all Kendo UI for jQuery components and their features in action. View the source code of the demos from the library or directly adapt, and edit them and their theme appearance in Kendo UI for jQuery Dojo or ThemeBuilder.

The ListView supports the following keyboard shortcuts:


  • Alt + W Focuses the component.

Supported Keys and User Actions

  • Right Goes to the next item (same as Down).
  • Left Goes to the previous item (same as Up).
  • Home Goes to the first item.
  • End Goes to the last item.
  • Enter Enters the Edit mode or applies changes.
  • Esc Exits the Edit mode and cancels changes.
  • Tab Tabs away from the ListView on the next focusable page element.
  • Shift + Tab Tabs away from the ListView on the previous focusable page element.
  • Space Selects an item.

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