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02-01-2005, 04:19 PM
I have been trying to get the User Interface ui_get_date_calendar to work but I keep getting the error message "the style option is not supported in v5". Is that interface supported or not? The latest build I have is Build 1503-1054. Am I doing something wrong?

Thank you

02-01-2005, 04:28 PM
The style option is only supported in A5V6.


02-01-2005, 07:06 PM
I had to go back to the A5 manual and see if I was seeing things. I swear the manual says on page 2125 under UI_GET_DATE_CALENDAR that it is supported by Alpha Five Version 5. When did this capability change from Alpha5 v5 to v6? I feel shortchanged.

02-01-2005, 07:58 PM
The style is found from the css style sheets included with A5V6. Since A5V5 does not support css stylesheets (which as used for the web capability), the style doesn't work. This is probably one of the functions that came in a very late version of A5V5 when some of the V6 functions were included before V6 was actually released. I have one of the last A5V5 chm help files from December 31, 2003 before the release of V6 and the function isn't even listed.


Ohlen Cartmell
02-01-2005, 08:06 PM
The ui_get_date_calendar function is supported in V5; however, the style option is available only in V6.

02-01-2005, 08:48 PM
You say it is supported in alpha5 v5 so how do I get to use it? If I can't because its style is only used in v6 then why support it in v5. Am I missing something again? Please, Selwyn, how difficult is it to make it available in v5. Do I need to upgrade to v6 just to get to use it?

02-02-2005, 02:54 AM

Please reread my last message. There were a number of functions intended just for A5V6 that actually were released in the last few builds of A5V5. Since A5V6 was in beta form and nearing release when the last few builds of A5V5 were coming out, there was some overlap. The style option uses html code to display the xdialog when using the style option. Xdialog in V5 does not support html code. If the need is that important, you will need V6. However, the screen shots from V6 attached show the differences with and without style. It isn't that exciting.


02-02-2005, 07:24 AM
This will be my last dialog on this subject. According to the manual, word for word, "the UI_GET_DATE_CALENDAR function creates and displays a dialog box containing a calendar. This function is useful for obtaining a valid date. When the user clicks on a date value, the calendar is closed and Result_String contains the date value that the user selected."
I wanted to create a Smart Field for a calendar in my UI_GET_DATE function I am using in my project similar to the one I created using Xdialog when I came across the UI_GET_DATE_CALENDAR function in the manual. Remember, Jerry, all of this is in Xbasic and not Xdialog. All I wanted from the use of the calendar was to get the date value. Capish? Now, continuing, Alpha5 v5 allows me to use the UI_GET_DATE_CALENDAR function in my Xbasic program but when I execute the program the error message telling me that this style option is not supported in v5. Well, I understand and accept that.I will go back in my manual and cross that out. Now, are there other developers out there in Alpha5 v5 land that know how I can add a Smart field? Finally, Jerry, thanks for showing me the differences between a calendar with style from one without. For what I am developing this is exciting.

Louis Nickerson
02-02-2005, 07:41 AM

You should have no problem using the "Calendar" type of smart field in version 5, I use it extensively.

Exactly what are you trying to do? Could you post a simple database displaying the problem? This would help everyone here help you find the cause and ultimately a solution to your problem.


Stan Mathews
02-02-2005, 07:42 AM
Are you leaving off the optional style parameter?


works for me.

Do note that this function does not return a date value. You have to use


if you want a "real" date.

02-02-2005, 09:50 AM
To Louis and Stan

Thank you for your input and understanding of what I am doing.
The point I wanted to get across to Jerry is that the Calendar Smart field does work in Alpha5 v5 because I executed the dialog in the script Code Editor. What you suggested, Stan is something I need to look into.
Again both of you, many thanks. To Jerry, no hard feelings.