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Interactive PDF tab order not navigating correctly

Posted on 2009-04-09
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I have an interactive form I am designing in Adobe LiveCycle.  When I preview the PDF the tab order does not execute correctly.  I go back to design mode and click on "tab order" to specify the correct order.  It will show the correct tab order in design mode but in preview mode there is a different (and very illogical) order.  Is there some setting somewhere I am missing?
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After scouring the Adobe forums for several hours, I was able to find a solution. The incorect tab order seems to be a recognized problem with version 8.0, and upgrading to 8.2 was recommended as an option.  That was not an option for me (as it's a substantial "upgrade" requiring an update of the server), but instead I found another solution that works with 8.0.  

It appears that using View - Tab Order places a <traversal> code in the XML ("View - XLM Source").  But it does not update the index properly.  If I manually updated the index for each of my fields for the order I wanted them displayed as, it worked.  I did a search for "traversal" and started the index at zero for my first tab field and ascended from there.  For example;

            <traversal>
               <traverse ref="Last_Name[0]"/>
            </traversal>
...
            <traversal>
               <traverse ref="First_Name[1]"/>
            </traversal>
...
            <traversal>
               <traverse ref="MI[2]"/>
            </traversal>
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