Type Ahead to navigate grid
Couldn't they just sort the grid by the column of interest, then scroll down to the row that starts with the letter they were going to be typing in anyhow?
Just some thoughts...
I'm glad I am no longer needing to deal with situations like yours...:-) i.e. A boss who wants the impossible.
Okay - so HOW are you going to capture the keystroke?
In a text field or what?
Tell your boss that this is a web-based application, where everyone always has access to the latest version.
Keep in mind that web pages are a 'publishing medium' and were never intended to be used the way we use them today - we're lucky to be able to do as much as we can already to.
Did you ever notice how some sites require you to download a sign active-X components, since they need to do something beyond the functional scope of your browser? (hint, Microsoft Windows Update is a prime example).
What your boss would seem to be confused about in his wants of a 'nice' feature would be better deployed as an application written in C++, or Visual basic....of course, then you need to install it on each machine, and update each machine whenever there is a new version.
That's just part of your 'trade-off' factor.
More trade-off's: We have yet to see a single function that works for both Netscape and Internet Explorer.
Final note - this isn't an Excel spreadsheet, so don't expect that much functionality. What you have with Alex's excellent code is a fantastic way to display tabled data with fixed column headers, sortable columns, XML functionality, and a plethura(sp?) of other features.
As a follow up, this approach worked in IE 6:
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