Accessible Animated Focus Box Plugin With jQuery - FocusOverlay

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Accessible Animated Focus Box Plugin With jQuery - FocusOverlay

An accessible, animated focus overlay JavaScript plugin that highlights the current focused element with a highly customizable focus box (focus border) when switching between elements with Tab key.

Note that the plugin currently works as a Vanilla JavaScript plugin, with no dependencies such as jQuery.

How to use it:

1. Install and import the FocusOverlay plugin into your document.

$ npm install focus-overlay --save
import FocusOverlay from 'focusoverlay';

2. Or directly load the FocusOverlay plugin's files in the document.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/focusOverlay.css">
<script src="dist/focusOverlay.js"></script>

3. Just call the function on document ready and done.

// the whole document
const instance = new FocusOverlay();

// a specific container
const instance = new FocusOverlay(Element);

4. To customize the focus box, pass the following options object to the focusOverlay() function.

const instance = new FocusOverlay(Element,{

      // CSS class added to the focus box
      class: "focus-overlay", 

      // Class added while the focus box is active
      activeClass: "focus-overlay-active", 

      // Class added while the focus box is animating
      animatingClass: "focus-overlay-animating", 

      // Class added to the target element
      targetClass: "focus-overlay-target", 

      // z-index of focus box
      zIndex: 9001, 

      // Duration of the animatingClass (milliseconds)
      duration: 500, 

      // Removes activeClass after duration
      inactiveAfterDuration: false, 

      // Tab, Arrow Keys, Enter, Space, Shift, Ctrl, Alt, ESC
      triggerKeys: [9, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 13, 32, 16, 17, 18, 27], 

      // Make focus box inactive when a non specified key is pressed
      inactiveOnNonTriggerKey: true, 

      // Make focus box inactive when a user clicks
      inactiveOnClick: true, 

      // Force the box to always stay active. Overrides inactiveOnClick
      alwaysActive: false,

      // Reposition focus box on transitionEnd for focused elements
      watchTransitionEnd: true

5. Move the focus box to a specific element.


6. Set the element you want to ignore.

<a href="#" data-focus-ignore>Ignore element</a>

7. Set focus on the target element.

<div id="target">
  <input type="text" data-focus="#target">

8. Set focus on the label element instead.

<label for="demo" class="demo">Click me</label>
<input id="demo" type="checkbox" class="demo" data-focus-label>

9. Event listeners.

const instance = new FocusOverlay(Element,{

      onInit: function(focusoverlay) {},
      onBeforeMove: function(focusoverlay) {},
      onAfterMove: function(focusoverlay) {},
      onDestroy: function(focusoverlay) {}




  • v1.0.6


  • v1.0.5


  • v1.0.4


  • Add iframe check to event listener to destroy method


  • Fix focusing of inner elements after transitionEnd


  • Make data-focus-label elements focus wrapping <label> is no associated "for" attribute is found


  • Make focusOverlay be scoped to the main element it's called on

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by mmahandev. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.