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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 technology  research  practice

A Technology Tip

  • Technology

If you buy something online, you will likely have to enter various details into a form of some sort (e.g., name, address, phone number, email, credit card TAB-keynumber, etc.). This can be a tad tedious if there are many fields on the form – you type a few characters, stop, reach for the mouse, then navigate to and click on the next field, go back to the keyboard, type a few more characters, then repeat the process again, and again… There is a better way to navigate through a form – and you don’t have to use your mouse.
The web-based forms on many websites will let you move from one form field to the next one by “tabbing” (i.e., by pressing the TAB key). So after filling out a field, you don’t have to use the mouse to move to click on the next field – just press the TAB key instead. If form was properly built, pressing TAB will move you through the fields of form in the order that makes the most logical sense for completing it. Typically, you can also move backwards using Shift+TAB. Note that the TAB key does the same thing on many other electronic forms.
Tabbing is not just a convenience; it is also an important accessibility feature, since it makes it possible to fill out a form without a mouse or other pointing device.
Keep the TAB key in mind the next time you are filling out an electronic or online form.

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