[desktop] When clicking a link that opens a new tab, focus should be on page, not address bar

Bug #1505724 reported by Michael Terry on 2015-10-13
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Canonical System Image
Bill Filler
webbrowser-app (Ubuntu)
Ugo Riboni

Bug Description

1) Visit http://www.quackit.com/html/codes/html_open_link_in_new_window.cfm (just a site that has a target="_blank" example link)
2) Click the "HTML Tags" link in the "Example" area
3) Note where the keyboard focus after the new tab is opened

It should be on the page, which lets the user press up, down, page up, page down, etc.

Instead, its in the address bar. Which (A) is pointless since we just went to this page, we're unlikely to want to suddenly navigate elsewhere and (B) is actively annoying, since I can't see the URL of this new tab.

Related branches

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) on 2015-10-13
Changed in webbrowser-app (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
tags: added: focus
Bill Filler (bfiller) on 2015-10-19
Changed in webbrowser-app (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ugo Riboni (uriboni)
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
assignee: nobody → Bill Filler (bfiller)
milestone: none → ww46-2015
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
Ugo Riboni (uriboni) on 2015-10-22
Changed in webbrowser-app (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → In Progress
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
status: Triaged → In Progress
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package webbrowser-app - 0.23+16.04.20151103-0ubuntu1

webbrowser-app (0.23+16.04.20151103-0ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

  [ CI Train Bot ]
  * New rebuild forced.
  * Resync trunk.

  [ Olivier Tilloy ]
  * Update translation template.

  [ Ugo Riboni ]
  * Fix a bug preventing in some cases the address bar from getting
    focus when entering find in page mode. Also correctly hide the left
    hand side icons when in find in page mode. (LP: #1508130)
  * Focus the page when opening links with target="_blank". (LP:
  * Prevent the address bar from being cleared when the actual url
    changes and the user has already started typing. (LP: #1487713)
  * Update the user script to remove the Facebook app banner. (LP:
  * Use AbstractButton to handle some tab interactions so that haptics
    are used on touch. (LP: #1505725)

 -- Olivier Tilloy <email address hidden> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:56:19 +0000

Changed in webbrowser-app (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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