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Hour 15. User Input Elements > Input Text Tab Order

Input Text Tab Order

In Flash 5, one of the biggest complaints that developers had was that they could not set the Tab order of input fields. Tab order refers to the automatic movement of the cursor between input fields when the user presses the Tab key. This happens in all professional applications such as Web browsers. Users have come to expect that when they press Tab, the cursor will move to the next logical field.

However, Flash's choice for the next logical field is not always correct. After all, Flash can only assume so much based on the position of the fields. For instance, in Figure 15.5, Flash assumes that the field after the first one is the field under it, not across from it.


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