Wednesday, July 2, 2008

InfoPath Tabbing Tab Index bug

I have an InfoPath form with controls defined below.

TextBox - Tab Index is 1

TextBox - Tab Index is 2

Date Picker - Tab Index is 3

TextBox - Tab Index is 4

TextBox - Tab Index is 0

If I tab through these fields, it goes down the line 1, 2, 3, 4, 0 as expected. However, if I tab from 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and then choose a date using the calendar and then tab again it goes down to the textbox with tab index of 0.

Why does this happen? Because the small calendar icon seems to be it's own control and gets focused on, it's tab index is presumably 0 even though the entire Date Picker control is 3. So when I tab from the calendar icon it goes to the next tab index of 0 which is expected. However, this is not an expected behavior from a user perspective or from any other perspective for that matter.

That entire Date Picker control should have a tab index of 3 not just the text portion of the control but the entire control including the small calendar icon.

This same behavior seems to occur for radio buttons and drop down controls as well. If instead you replace the Date Picker with a Drop Down control and the user selects a value, the next tab is to a control with a tab index of 0, even though it's expected that it should be 4 (using the example above).

I would consider this a bug that needs to be fixed for Office 14. Probably not important enough for them to fix it in a service pack for Office 2007, even though that would be nice.


BhaveshC said...

I have faced the same issue. also when u set the tab order of a set of controls in a repeating section, you will face a stange issue. Conside a rep. secrion with 4 textboxes. Set their tab index 1,2,3, 4 resp. now when u have 2 instace of rep. section on screen and u hit tab key it moved from section 1 control1 to section 2 control 1 then section 1 - control 2 -> section 2 - control 2.

this is also not acceptable from the user point of view.

If any one have any solution for it please suggest

bmcomp said...

I have also found this a pain. But I have noticed if you leave all items at the same index number it should work. (provided the items are placed in an order you want the index to go)

So if your 4 items are in a row they all should have index of 0 or whatever number you want. Then the Date picker should just jump to the next item. this obviously wont work if you have items in between these four unless they are set to -1 so it will disregard them.

Hope that helps someone.

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Any updates on this I am also facing same problem where I have a list selection and radio buttons.Is there any turn around or temporary fix if the bug is not resolved so that I can continue with temporary fix until bug is actually resolved

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