A letter to the editor




Macworld0512_sebrenner

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

I have always wanted to have a letter to the editor published. Now I am fulfilled.

Work around for accessibility issue with FireFox 1.5 and OS X- tab focus

Upgrading to FireFox 1.5 was a great pleasure but for one problem. FF 1.5 dropped the user preference (accessibility.tabfocus) that enabled tab key access to form elements. Without this preference OS X users can not use the the tab key to shift the focus to check boxes, radio button, pull down menus or buttons. This really slowed me down. When I am filling out a form I like to keep my hands on the keyboard. Reaching for the mouse slows me down and frustrates me. But with the help of a few FF devotes I have learned a work around.


Create a text file named user.js in

~/Library/Application Support/FireFox/Profiles/xxxxxxxx.default


Add the following line to the text user.js:

user_pref(“accessibility.tabfocus”, 7);

There are several values available for the preference:

  • 1- Give focus to text fields only. (The default in OS X.)
  • 2- Give focus to all form elements except text fields.
  • 4- Give focus to links (and linked images) only.

Values can be combine to enable multiple behaviors

  • 7 = 1 + 2 + 4 Allows the tab key to shift focus to text fields, all form elements and links
  • 3 = 1 + 2 Allows the tab key to shift focus to any form element. This is my preference.


More information can be found in the mozillazine.org wiki.

Transparent Dining Room Desktop




Transparent Dining Room Desktop

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

This was a fun little Sunday evening project. Five minutes to take the shots. twenty mintues of tedious pixel work.