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Tabing into radio buttons

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I have set the tab order to include radio buttons that are in a group, but when running the form I cannot tab into the radio buttons. Is there a reason

why I cannot tab into them.


Bill Winter
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I found that when you tab into a group of radio buttons, you need to use the arrow key to navigate the radio buttons and use the "space bar" to select it.
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The problem is the radio button is in the tab order but you can never tab into them.
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Hi Bill,

You can try this. As soon as you tab out of the field right before the radio button group, use your space bar on the keyboard to select the first radio button in the group and arror buttons to navigate to other radio button in that group.

Let me know if you can select the radio button this way.
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Hi Jimmyham thanks for the help.

The only way that I can get into the radio buttons is by clicking into it with the mouse. once in the radio button group I can arrow back and forth between the two and then I can tab to the next radio button group but it skips the text boxes that should come before it.
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Have you had any success yet? I am very frustrated by this problem and can't find anyone who can help with it.

Level 9
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I experience various problems with radio buttons, then upgraded to the latest version of Reader/Designer, and all my problems went away.

Not sure if this will help you, but worth a try.

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What version of Designer are you using? 7.1?
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Bill, I also have the problem of the radio button group being skipped altogether when tabbing through the form. I tried creating a new form from scratch, and radio buttons could be tabbed into, but Shift+Tab skipped on the way back. It seems there is something wrong with radio buttons.

I even tried using script on the exit event of the text field before the radio button group, but couldn't get that to work either. I'm now considering using checkboxes and scripting the behaviour to mimic radio buttons. What a hassle!

I am using Designer 7.0, so maybe I have to upgrade too.

C'mon Adobe, I've searched all these forums plus other websites like PlanetPDF, and no-one has an answer to the radio button tabbing issue. Is it a bug??
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Well, I have downloaded Designer 7.1 trial version, but that has not fixed the radio button issue. 😞
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Well, I may have a solution to the tabbing into radio boxes issue:

I have scripted the text field prior to the radio button group (TextField1) to have an *exit* event of:"RadioButton1")

Then set the RadioButton1 group to have an *exit* event of:"TextField2")

But, for some reason the focus was set to the next radio button group, and continued to tab through all other radio button groups that previously I could not access with the tab key???

So, I set the *enter* event of TextField2 to set focus to itself (which is completely stupid, but it works):"TextField2")
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Kind of, sort of related to this is the question how does one skip fields in the tabbing order?