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How to tab to the next cell in DataView...

convertix asked
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
How can I tab from cell to cell in a GridView?  I'm using VS 2005, VB.NET code behind.  Thank you!
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it all depends on what controls exist in your gridview;

when viewing the page in a browser there is no "gridview" because the gridview gets rendered as an HTML table, and browsers dont recognise table cells as being controls that you can tab between. The upshot of this is that unless you have a control in each cell that you can tab between then you won't be able tab from cell to cell.

eg if you have a textbox in each cell then tabbing would work to the next textbox as the browser is not "tabbing between cells" it is simply "tabbing to the next available control"

it would be possible to use or create a javascripted table component that would act like that if it was really important.


Here is how I solved this issue.  Instead of tabbing, I just used the Enter key to cause postback.

Dim reference As String = Page.ClientScript.GetPostBackEventReference(New PostBackOptions(UpdatePanel2, "", "", False, True, False, True, False, ""))
                    TryCast(editControl, TextBox).Attributes.Add("onkeydown", "if(event.which || event.keyCode){if ((event.which == 13) || (event.keyCode == 13)) {" & reference & ";return false;}} else {return true}; ")
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