I noticed this issue a few times. An app has a settings page where the settings are split into different tabs in a tab control. I hit update, an error shows up and I scan the current tab for the error-ed field and it's not there. Then I start scanning each tab looking for that field.
Isn't the proper high usability way is to automatically switch to the tab containing the error... and highlighting the field? The user is directed straight to the problem field.