LB log - 20121016
by, 17 Oct 2012 at 01:59 AM (4011 Views)
When I make and alter IRS forms in LiveCycle, one of the more maddening issues which took too long to correct was in regards to tab stop order. The problem is that when you alter the forms, and in particular, when you add new fields into the documents, the tab order gets shifted around and usually defaults to something which darts you all over the page. For one, this isn't too much of a surprise, considering that it would probably take too much effort to have the program correctly guess at what tab order you want new fields to be in the scope of the document. The fields are mere X/Y coordinates on a page, and there's no hard rule as far as how they're oriented, so there's no easy way to program a consistent logic to make tab stop assignments. Second, there is an Automatic Tab Order preset button, which will assign the tab order on all fields to a default list based on logical English language flow, which means that Item 1 would be the field in the upper left corner, Item 2 would be to its immediate right, Item 3 would be on the next nearest Y coordinate below it, and so on. The problem with using that is that it will obliterate any custom tab order set previously, and assigning order on that basis isn't necessarily desirable anyway - just consider a document which has a two column layout, for example. Manually editing the tab order is also cumbersome, thanks to how the program handles the function. Today, I had to edit Form 5471 to adjust a few errors, and the tab stops I have set on the field are abysmal. I resolved to finally sit down and alter this particular form to make it correct. It wasn't until today that I finally found a way to edit the tab order of a group of items at a time so that they would be arranged relative to each other rather than requiring each element to be edited individually outright. Some rearrangements still required further adjustment, but this discovery helped me spend much less time to clean the form up to put things where I truly wanted them.
But it's new patch day. I have important things to do instead of this.
Extra Mode. Pretty decent day today. Glad to finally clear The Smile Of You.
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