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I need to simulate a tab keypress in Selenium RC, using the Java API.

I do this after having entered some text using:

selenium.type(input, "mytext");

I've tried 3 alternatives to get the tab working:

selenium.keyPress(input, "\\9");




and even:

selenium.getEval("var evt = window.document.createEvent('KeyboardEvent');evt.initKeyEvent ('keypress', true, true, window,0, 0, 0, 0,0, 9,0);window.document.getElementsByTagName('input')[2].dispatchEvent(evt);")

The best I can get is a "tab space" to be inserted after my text so I end up with this in the input field:


What I actually want is to tab to the next control. Any clues? Thanks!

(Note: I have to use tab and can not use focus or select to chose the element I want to go to, for various reasons, so no suggestions along these lines please!)

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selenium.keyPressNative(java.awt.event.KeyEvent.VK_TAB + "");

I don't use the Java API, however, this post from google groups suggests it's your answer. I can't imagine that "9" is totally different from "09" in your question, however, I suggest you give it a try!

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