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Specify order of fields to fill out

Thread began 6/25/2010 8:38 pm by Shahin379390 | Last modified 6/28/2010 10:05 am by Jason Byrnes | 650 views | 2 replies |


Specify order of fields to fill out

I have a form and want to specify it to move from one field to the next on tab. Right now it's going from left to right for the most part but i want to specify it to go from top to bottom then the right top to bottom... is there any way I tell it to do this?


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I've been waiting for almost 12 hours for a reply of any kind. I needed to get this done asap and was able to find something on it for any of you having that same issue. Here's what I read online:

here's how it would look on a form

<INPUT tabindex="1" type="text" name="field1">
<INPUT tabindex="2" type="text" name="field2">
<INPUT tabindex="3" type="submit" name="submit">

and here's what they said:

17.11.1 Tabbing navigation

Attribute definitions

tabindex = number [CN]
This attribute specifies the position of the current element in the tabbing order for the current document. This value must be a number between 0 and 32767. User agents should ignore leading zeros.

The tabbing order defines the order in which elements will receive focus when navigated by the user via the keyboard. The tabbing order may include elements nested within other elements.

Elements that may receive focus should be navigated by user agents according to the following rules:

1. Those elements that support the tabindex attribute and assign a positive value to it are navigated first. Navigation proceeds from the element with the lowest tabindex value to the element with the highest value. Values need not be sequential nor must they begin with any particular value. Elements that have identical tabindex values should be navigated in the order they appear in the character stream.
2. Those elements that do not support the tabindex attribute or support it and assign it a value of "0" are navigated next. These elements are navigated in the order they appear in the character stream.
3. Elements that are disabled do not participate in the tabbing order.

The following elements support the tabindex attribute: A, AREA, BUTTON, INPUT, OBJECT, SELECT, and TEXTAREA.

In this example, the tabbing order will be the BUTTON, the INPUT elements in order (note that "field1" and the button share the same tabindex, but "field1" appears later in the character stream), and finally the link created by the A element.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Yes, the tabindex property is the correct way to go about this.

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