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Disable/Enable tab key

farhath farook
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Joined: Aug 01, 2007
Posts: 37
hi all,
i am having an input filed to which the YUI autosearch is bind.
I need the tab key event in this field to be disabled till the search result is returned ( not being able to use the TAB key to go to the next input filed before the search result returns )
and when there s a selection being done( this should be able even by the TAB key ) from the list the tab key being enable, so that can navigate to the next field using the TAB key.

thanks in advance
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
Posts: 33119

First, consider other approaches before reducing accessibility and usability. It isn't nice to "trap" the user in a field. What if the internet connection goes down and the search results don't get returned?

Why "only" disable the tab key? What if the user clicks outside the field? If you really want to do this, I think it would be better to use the onBlur event to prevent leaving the field at all rather than just via the tab key.

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