Set focus on first invalid input in AngularJs form


Ok, so the answer was simpler than I thought.

All I needed was a directive to put on the form itself, with an event handler looking for the submit event. This can then traverse the DOM looking for the first element that has the .ng-invalid class on it.

Example using jQLite:

myApp.directive('accessibleForm', function () {
    return {
        restrict: 'A',
        link: function (scope, elem) {

            // set up event handler on the form element
            elem.on('submit', function () {

                // find the first invalid element
                var firstInvalid = elem[0].querySelector('.ng-invalid');

                // if we find one, set focus
                if (firstInvalid) {

The example here uses an Attribute directive, you could expand the example to have this be an element directive (restrict: ‘E’) and include a template that converts this to a . This is however a personal preference.


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