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Re: help - tab index in form with labels - Win/Mac difference

From: Antony Tennant <antonytennant@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 13:39:48 +0000 (GMT)
Message-ID: <20050208133948.72766.qmail@web86908.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Further to my original note
I have experienced the problems mainly with Mac osX and os9 with IE 5.2 and 5 respectively, and windows NT and 2000 with IE 5.5 and 6. Firefox isnt a problem. I only have Safari 1.0 (prob downloading new version) which has limited tabbing anyway. 
The sample page appears to have banners (with some browsers) because I am using some free space, but on a Mac IE it will tab through the index, (then to the web hosted by brinkster link) then to the field labels and finally the reminaing brinkster links.
Hopes this makes a bit more sense, apologies for lack of direct info before.
---------------------------Original Note------------------------------------------------------------------
I have noticed a difference between Macs and Windows regarding the natural tab index when labels are used in a form.
The Macs will tab to the label and the form element separately where as Windows tabs to the form element only.
When I add a tab index to the form elements it causes a problem on a MAC. It will tab through the stated index on the elements but then through the labels. I have created a simple form with tab index to demonstrate the difference:-  www31.brinkster.com/atennant/tab_index.html
If I duplicate the tab index number on both label and input it is not a good experience on windows.
I am currently working on a form that has several fields and links and need to add a tab index to ensure a logical tab order. Unfortunately I am needing to use CSS to reposition some of the links (a design and technical requirement I cant get around) and this does not give a logical tab order, so I cant rely on the natural order as decided by the browser.
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks

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