Repeating subforms and tab order

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My form has a "table" that I've created with a subform object that contains a repeating subform "row." The table contains add row and delete row buttons where appropriate. After clicking the add row button, a new row appears; however, the new row's tab order defaults to the very end of the form. I have to tab all the way to the end of the second page before getting to my new row. This won't pass our accessibility QC.



I checked Adobe's sample Purchase Order, and new rows get the correct tab order there. Am I having problems because I'm using a subform object instead of a table object?

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05-01-2009

I think so but I would have to see your form to be certain.

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Thanks for your reply Paul. All I really need to know is, if my form contains a repeating subform, and the user dynamically creates a second instance of the subform, does that second instance get placed at the bottom of the tab order? I'm guessing it does.

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07-01-2009

The tab order should be left to right, top to bottom ...so the tab order should adjust accordingly when you add the additional row.

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I built a single-column, two-row table. Row 1 contains a delete button, row 2 contains an add button. When I open the form and click the add button, rows are added dynamically and they are inserted correctly into the tab sequence. However, if I wrap both buttons in a subform, new rows are appended to the end of the tab order.



I'm tempted to call this a bug. Why should a subform affect the tab sequence this way? I need to be able to build "multi-line" table rows. Is that do-able without a subform?

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No ...you must have a subform to do that. If you feel it is a bug then you can open an incident with support and get an official answer.

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11-03-2009

Paul,



I'm sorry to stock you like this. I posted in another thread, but it's been a month since it was last updated:
Jason Bell, "Database Connection" #, 13 Oct 2008 12:51 pm



Could i work with you a bit to learn some beginner steps regarding that post?



Thank you, sorry to jack this post! I'll be done

Nick Armstrong

narmstrong@smilebpi.com

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Our friends at AboutWeb, who host our local LiveCycle user's group, helped me figure this out; however, I think Adobe has some usability issues with this feature. It has to do with the Automatic vs. Custom options on the Tab Order tab. If I select Automatic, dynamically added table rows are correctly inserted into the tab sequence. If I select Custom, dynamically added table rows are appended to the bottom of the tab sequence. The problem was, even if I just display the Tab Order tab, the Custom option is automatically selected. Something I completely missed. Hopefully this post might help anyone having the same troubles I did.