jQuery MultiSelect 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 MultiSelect is always available as demonstrated in this demo.

This MultiSelect 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 MultiSelect supports the following keyboard shortcuts:


Closed Popup

  • Left Arrow Highlights the previously selected item.
  • Right Arrow Highlights the next selected item.
  • Home Highlights the first selected item.
  • End Highlights the last selected item.
  • Delete Deletes the highlighted item.
  • Backspace Deletes the previously selected item.
  • Down Arrow Opens the popup.
  • Esc Clears all items.

Opened Popup

  • Up Arrow Highlights the previous item.
  • Shift + Up Arrow Selects the previous item.
  • Down Arrow Highlights the next item.
  • Shift + Down Arrow Selects the next item.
  • Home Highlights the first item in the popup.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Home Selects the items to the beginning.
  • End Highlights the last item in the popup.
  • Page Up Scrolls the popup up.
  • Page Down Scrolls the popup down.
  • Ctrl + Shift + End Selects the items to the end.
  • Enter Selects the highlighted item.
  • Ctrl + Space Selects the highlighted item.
  • Ctrl + A Selects all items.
  • Up Arrow If the first item is highlighted, closes the popup.
  • Esc Closes the popup.

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