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Problems with tab key in Netscape

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Hi,

When I use the tab key in IE, I can go over all the fields automatically. But when I try this in Netscape, nothing works... Just some text fields can be reached.
I tried the tabindex attribute for my input controls, but it doesn't work in Netscape (only in IE).

What can I do? I thought I could trap the tab key, but there's surely something else I can do...

Thanks!
Mel
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by:bebonham
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it should work in netscape,

there is likely some other problem, perhaps you can post the code for the page, or even better, a link
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by:nimaig
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Only Explorer supports 'tabindex'.
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by:bebonham
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that is true, but ns still supports tabbing to each element.
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by:mruel
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But I found a page that was using tabindex, and everything works fine in Netscape. But my page doesn<t work, and I don't know why.
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by:bebonham
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well, like I said, if you could post a link or the code, perhaps we can help you.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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<lol>...must be secret CIA code, can't show it, or acknowledge that it exists.  :^P

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by:mruel
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sorry, I was working on another project, so... I'll come back later.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Okay.  Hope you weren't offended by the joking around.

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by:mruel
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No of course :o)

The problem is my code is so large, that to localise the  problem will take a very long time...
But I`ll post as soon as possible.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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You don't need to post all of it.  I think a portion with some of the form fields that have a problem will give us a start.

The general workaround for the lack of support for tabindex is to use: onBlur="document.formname.nextfieldname.focus()" but that can be difficult to implement correctly on a large complex form.

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by:mruel
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In fact, I found that the problem was the Netscape version I use : 4.72.

But with earlier version, I would like to change the order of tabbing and I thought I found a page that worked with tabindex in Netscape, but I just tried it again and it doesn't work!

So, do you think the only way to change tabbing order is to use onblur?
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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That is the only workaround that I know of.  The biggest problem with it is all
the extra coding having to add it to all the elements.

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Well onblur() was the only solution, I'll make that the answer.

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