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R: [style guide] tabpanel questions

From: Diego La Monica \(IWA/HWG\) <d.lamonica@webprofession.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 21:27:15 +0200
To: "'Victor Tsaran'" <vtsaran@yahoo-inc.com>, "'Al Gilman'" <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>, "'W3C WAI-XTECH'" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
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Victor Tsaran:
> Q1: If the focus goes to the tab and not into the associated tabpanel,
> how does the user, from the keyboard, move the focus into the active
> tabpanel from the active tab?
> 
> Shouldn't the focus event automatically move the user input to the tab
> that just accepted focus?

Not agree. Let me explain.
To switch from a widget to another we are using the TAB key, so the active
Tab label should be the focusable item. The arrows are used to move through
the tabs and the tab should give the focus to the first item in the tab that
accepts focus.
If you give the focus to the first item that accept focus in the tab panel,
you lose the tab labels navigation or you have to use some hard keyboard
combination tricks.

What I've explained is the same behavior of a common (Windows) desktop
application that uses tab.

Are you agree?

Cheers.
Diego La Monica (IWA/HWG)
Received on Thursday, 14 August 2008 19:28:12 GMT

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