Re: XForms: TAB navigation

From: Clive A Stubbings (
Date: Sat May 27 2000 - 06:09:02 EDT

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    # To subscribers of the xforms list from Clive A Stubbings <> :

    > # To subscribers of the xforms list from Dick Middleton <> :
    > > # To subscribers of the xforms list from "T.C. Zhao" <> :
    > > I don't think we'll ever be able to tab out a multi-line input,
    > > but maybe something else ? suggestions ?

    Realistically, if we are going to use TAB based navigation (and this seems to
    be what my users expect) then it should be applied consistantly. Users are not
    aware that there is a distinction between single and multi-line inputs (and
    there is no reason why they should be).

    The problem I have is that there is a multiline input field in the middle of
    a form.. TAB navigation stops at this point, which rather de-values it and
    confuses users.

    Dick Middleton <> also observed..

    > I don't know if this is because of policy or for technical reasons. Whatever,
    > it's annoying. If it's policy maybe we could have a flag or something to
    > control the behaviour.

    I would support this.. I wonder if the TAB navigation should also allow
    toggles and buttons to be included. Again a flag could control this behavior,
    preferably a seperate flag for each..

    It seems TABs are generally causing me a lot of bother at the moment..

    So, to complete the set of 3 (the other one being my recent mail
    about strange focus and cursor problems on tabbed folders) the use of TAB
    in text in browsers etc. is giving me some problems too. This one is an
    issue for formating output..

    Is there any way to have variable width tabs within one line..

    I want to have a list of stuff in a browser like

    12: Description other info
    161: different description longer other info

    What I would like to do is set 2 tab-stops

    12: Description error info
          ^ ^

    trouble is the only tab-setting function I've found just sets a single constant
    width tab, which would be fine for the first one, but then I cant see how
    to work out how many tabs to put between the 2nd and 3rd fields.

    Any thoughts on that one too would be appreciated..


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