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Out of Order! Pay Attention to the Tab Order

Lots of people tab through forms. It’s faster than using the mouse to move between fields and form filler-outterers often get in a groove, especially for common forms like an address.

So when you change that order, it’s annoying.

We recently moved, so I had to update my address in a lot of places. One of those places was my cell phone provider, Fido.

First of all, the fields are just in a weird order anyway – it’s generally recommended to keep forms in one column. I suppose that if you go vertically first, they’re in a “normal” order. But if you tab through them, they go horizontally:

The tab order in this form is all wonky.

It took me way longer than it should have to fill out this form, because I had to enter my info in this order:

  • Apt/Suite
  • Postal Code
  • Street Number
  • City
  • Contact Number 1
  • Street Name
  • Province
  • Contact Number 2

That’s just crazy. Bad dog, Fido.

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