bug with focus() method in a specific case in 3.4.0

Hi all,

I just noticed and odd change in the behavior of the focus method in jQuery 3.4.0 compared with 3.3.1, 2.**, and 1.. versions in a specific case when we try to change the focus to the child element in focusin event of its parent. Here is the code and here you can see a code dojo with the issue:

        <span>Check the console</span>
        <div id="toolbar" tabindex="0">
                 <a tabIndex="0" id="foo" >foo</a>
            $(document).ready(function () {
                var toolbar = $('#toolbar');

                toolbar.on("focusin", function (ev) {
                        var element = $(this).find("a");

                        if (element.length) {

                //toolbar[0].focus(); this works

                console.log('With 3.3.1 here we expect to see "foo":', document.activeElement.id);


If we use older version or the native focus() method the issue is not present.


Author: Fantashit

1 thought on “bug with focus() method in a specific case in 3.4.0

  1. @timmywil While I think this issue should be fixed in a patch update to 3.4, IMO #4350 & #4356 are way more serious and it’s been 3 weeks since the 3.4.0 release so I’d rather not postpone 3.4.1 further. We can always do 3.4.2 with a fix for this issue & any other that may pop up in the meantime.

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