Focus on input field in AngularJS (Mini-Challenge 8)

Mini-Challenge 8

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The Challenge:

What is the ‘Angular way’ to set focus on input field in AngularJS?

More specific requirements:

  1. When a Modal pop-up is opened, set focus on a predefined <input> inside this Modal.

I tried to achieve the first requirement with autofocus, but this works only when the Modal is opened for the first time, and only in certain browsers (e.g. in Firefox it doesn’t work). What would be and elegant way to solve this problem?


HTM Code:

<div ng-controller="ModalController">
    <button class="btn" ng-click="open()">Click to Open Modal </button>
<div modal="isOpen" close="close()">
<div class="modal-header">
<div class="modal-body">
            Name: <input type="text" autofocus>
<div class="modal-footer">
 <button class="btn btn-warning cancel" ng-click="close()">Cancel</button>


Here you can find a working example:

Here you can find a possible solution

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