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Get Enter key to act like Tab key in Firefox or Chrome?

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  • Get Enter key to act like Tab key in Firefox or Chrome?

    I have found that I can put the following code in the OnKeyDown property for a field and it handles turning the Enter key into Tab key behavior nicely. HOWEVER, this only works in my IE, and not in Firefox and Chrome. My application involves heavy data entry and I KNOW I will hear whines from my users if they can't use the Enter key to move from field to field. Here's the code that works in IE, and I DO want to put it on each field, so I can control which field has the enter key behavior or not (I don't want that behavior in a text area field, for example).

    Code:
    if (event.keyCode==13){
    event.keyCode=9; return event.keyCode 
    }
    Carol King
    Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)
    http://www.CHSBuilderSoftware.com

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    Re: Get Enter key to act like Tab key in Firefox or Chrome?

    In googling all over the place, perhaps this is all a slippery slope, and users might just have to learn to use tab key...

    ANYWAY, I see that Firefox knows about the Enter key being pressed, because following code gives me the alert in IE8, Firefox, and Chrome.
    It's just that I don't know how to get Firefox or Chrome to return the tab key like happens in IE8 (code in previous post).

    Code:
    if (event.keyCode==13){
    alert('The enter key was pressed.');
    }
    Carol King
    Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)
    http://www.CHSBuilderSoftware.com

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    • #3
      Re: Get Enter key to act like Tab key in Firefox or Chrome?

      So... found http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/event_onkeydown.asp at W3 schools that says:

      "Browser differences: Internet Explorer uses event.keyCode to retrieve the character that was pressed and Netscape/Firefox/Opera uses event.which."

      So, in all my javascript ignorance, I have attempted the following.. and of course it produces a syntax error. Any ideas?

      Code:
      var keynum;
      if(window.event) // IE
      {
      keynum = e.keyCode;
      	if (keynum==13){
      		window.event.keyCode = 9;
      	}
      }
      else if(e.which) // Netscape/Firefox/Opera
      {
      keynum = e.which;
      	if (keynum==13){
      		e.which.keyCode = 9;
      	}
      }
      Carol King
      Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)
      http://www.CHSBuilderSoftware.com

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      • #4
        Re: Get Enter key to act like Tab key in Firefox or Chrome?

        Well, I'm thinking I shouldn't be messing with this. Just need to educate my users to use the tab key and 'get over it!'.
        Carol King
        Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)
        http://www.CHSBuilderSoftware.com

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        • #5
          Re: Get Enter key to act like Tab key in Firefox or Chrome?

          Carol,

          It all sounds a bit confusing to me but have a look at this http://www.javascriptkit.com/jsref/e...ardmouse.shtml
          "since Firefox doesn't set keyCode during onkeypress, switch to e.charCode or e.which instead for that browser."

          Stephen
          Alpha Anywhere v12.4.6.2.1 Build 6699-5464 IIS v10.0 on Windows Server 2019 Std in Hyper-V

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          • #6
            Re: Get Enter key to act like Tab key in Firefox or Chrome?

            You're right, Stephen. It is confusing. I think I'm too tired to try at the moment, but if I come back to this I'll experiment with that info. I did find an interesting article about another way to get the enter key to move from field to field. http://thinksimply.com/blog/jquery-enter-tab My problem is that I'm clueless about how to activate jQuery in Alpha, and I don't know enough about it to know if activating jQuery would have an adverse effect on previous javascript code.

            It really is seeming like way too much trouble with possible ill effects when users change browsers, so I'm really thinking I should leave it alone.
            Carol King
            Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)
            http://www.CHSBuilderSoftware.com

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