set  the tab index to the other field which is disabled by JavaScript code

Posted on 2007-11-26
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
Hello EVERYONE, I set the tab index and it works whne the other field is enabled but it does NOT work when it's disabled, it skips right past it to the next enabled field... Is there any way to overcome this problem?

Thank you,
Angie H.      

<TD class="responseinside">
               <input type="text" value="<%=iProjectedPercentage5%>" tabindex=23 class="percentage" maxlength = "3" name="ProjectedPercentage5" id="ProjectedPercentage5"  onBlur="this.value=formatCurrency(this.value); projPercentage5(); specifyProjectedPercentageOther();" />&nbsp;<strong>%</strong>
        <TD class="responseinside"> Other: &nbsp;<input tabindex=24 style="width:150px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 8pt" type="text" value="<%=sProjectedPercentageOther%>"  name="ProjectedPercentageOther" id="ProjectedPercentageOther" /></TD>


window.onload = main;

function main(){
function specifyProjectedPercentageOther()
      if(document.OPICForm.ProjectedPercentage5.value > 0){
            document.OPICForm.ProjectedPercentageOther.disabled = false;
      } else {
            document.OPICForm.ProjectedPercentageOther.disabled = true;
            document.OPICForm.ProjectedPercentageOther.value = "";
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Expert Comment

ID: 20352460
Is hiding it an option?

when you are disabling an element by design it ignores the field completely, since it is disabled.

Author Comment

ID: 20352530
how would I hide it?
can you help me with the code?

Author Comment

ID: 20352532
can I just changed disabled to readonly?
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Expert Comment

ID: 20352581
this is for readonly, you can try and see if it works.

document.OPICForm.ProjectedPercentageOther.style.display = 'none';

This is to hide it.

Author Comment

ID: 20352885
Hello nizsmo:

I followed your sugestion and wrote this code:


The taborder works, but the OTHER button is not readonly, meaning I can enter data in it even whne it is in its read only state... This is incorrect... Does read only work differently than disabled?

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Accepted Solution

nizsmo earned 2000 total points
ID: 20352921
No, read only should not let you type anything in:

but I may have misspelt (or mis-cased) the readOnly, try this:

Author Comment

ID: 20358691
Hi nizsmo,
I agree that there is something wrong in the JavaScript code, but he link  you sent me is for HTML
and the code you send me does not work:


There must be another way to code using readonly


Author Comment

ID: 20359180
I reserached and it turns out you're right, readOnly is case sensitive and NOW I can write the the columns and before I coudl NOT but the tabbing problem still remains...and that was the problem in the first place, I could have kept the code disabled if it wasn't for the need of the application to automtically tab from the checkbox OTHER to the TextBOX next to it...

like this
___              _______________________________________
|___|  Other: |______________________________________|

So when they tab using the tab key, it shoudl go from the checkbox to the textbox which is NOW enabled because when they tab the checkbox it automatically makes the textbox enabled though the code above: document.OPICForm.ProjectedPercentageOther.readOnly=true;

HOWEVER, the problem is that instead of doing it that way, the tab moves to the next checkbox

I myself have entered the tabindex as you can see in the code below, but still it skips the textbox, can you help me find out how to fix this?

 <input type="text"  tabindex=23 class="percentage" name="ProjectedPercentage5" id="ProjectedPercentage5"  onBlur="this.value=formatCurrency(this.value); projPercentage5(); specifyProjectedPercentageOther();" />&nbsp;<strong>%</strong>
 </td><TD class="responseinside"> Other: &nbsp;<input tabindex=24   name="ProjectedPercentageOther" id="ProjectedPercentageOther" />


Author Comment

ID: 20365767
Youre right I'm adding a new question on top of the one you already answered, that's not the righ way of doign things
Thank U for you help
readOnly worked!
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Expert Comment

ID: 20369967
Glad to help Germini532, please post another question (if you have not already) should you need assistance :)

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