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    Is there a way to control the tabbing order through fields

    Asked by velodramatic on December 17, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    It appears duplicating fields during the creation process confuses the tab order. I'm surprised that a tab order value is not part of the field properties. I'm sure behind the scenes you have a value per field.

    Other than that I have to say I'm incredibly impressed with the whole UI experience, and small details like the way you inform the user that a subscription paid via Paypal will be auto renewed. Having just gone through a similar signup process with Dropbox who botched that particular interaction badly, kudos for doing it the right way.

    We're launching a new venture and jotform fills a perfect need at a very reasonable price.

    thank you

    Michael Robertson


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    Answered by aytekin on December 17, 2010 at 06:58 AM

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    I added the tab order problem with the duplicated fields to our bug list. We will look into that.

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    Answered by velodramatic on December 18, 2010 at 03:38 AM

    That's great Aytekin.

    Just as a follow up, I imagine users will often create and destroy field types as they experiment with the evolving layout of a form. When I looked at the eventual source it appeared as if the field id values are actually popped off a stack, and not recycled or reused if that field is destroyed. That results in gaps in the contiguous numbering scheme.

    Tabbing in the browser is smart enough to jump over these discontinuities but definitely gets confused if fields are moved around in the layout with shrink and merge with previous line commands.

    I did wonder if I could just make the id numbers contiguous and in sequence by editing the full source but wasn't sure if your unique form id somehow encodes the numbers that the UI creates. I left them as is with the resulting tabbing problems.

    One more small issue, radio button labels wrap in horizontal layout situations where there is ample room for the strings.

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    Answered by aytekin on December 20, 2010 at 03:37 AM

    Thanks for the clarification on the bug. That should help us identify the problem.

    Please post the second question on a new thread. Let's keep the forum clean by only discussing a single question on a thread.

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    Answered by cramerf on March 05, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Is there a way to control the tabbing order now (as of March 2012)?  Is there a workaround?

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    Answered by fxr on March 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM


    How do you embed the forms onto your website? 

    If you use full source code, it would just be a matter of adding a tabindex property to each of your form elements.