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A "hideDock()" command exists; why not "showDock()"

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  • A "hideDock()" command exists; why not "showDock()"

    I would like to have a "docked panel" (hidden until needed) so that I can
    "show" the panel whenever someone clicks on a LIST row.

    There are several UX templates and videos describing how to SHOW
    and HIDE a docked panel.

    This is done using a button in a LAYOUT. Alpha provides code that
    toggles the "docked panel" to SHOW and HIDE.

    However, when I want to do the same thing with a button or by clicking
    on a LIST element, I can only find a ".hideDock()" method.

    Documentation URL https://www.alphasoftware.com/docume...k%20method.xml
    Code Sample var panelObj = {dialog.object}.panelGet('MYLAYOUTPANEL_1');
    if(panelObj) {
    panelObj.hideDock();
    }

    Equally, in Action Javascript there is also only a method to hide all docked panels.


    I've been searching documentation and videos and have trapped the
    javascript code of a working UX... but I can't find any method similar
    to ".showDock()".

    If I pull the underlying code from a working Layout with a dock-control
    button (called "Detail" in this case), it seems as if the browser may
    be doing the work simply by complying with a true/false flag. Here is
    a HEADER that contains a button named DETAIL. And this works. I
    just need to know "how it works" so that I can perhaps hide/show a
    docked panel from a LIST.

    The button name in this case is N1L1_HDR_BT1_SHOWDETAIL.

    <div id="DLG1.R1.PANEL.0.PANEL.0.HEADER" class="panelHeader" style="overflow: hidden; position: relative;">
    <div class="A5CWLayout" style="width: ">
    <button type="button" id="DLG1.V.R1.N1L1_HDR_BT1_SHOWDETAIL"
    class="button" title=""
    a5controlbound="true"
    a5linkedpanel="N1L1P2"
    style="width: 100%; box-sizing: border-box; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px; border-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
    a5abstevntd="true"
    a5abstevntu="true"
    a5abstevntg="true"
    a5-pressed="false">Detail
    </button>
    </div>
    </div>


    Clearly there must be a way.

    This kind of @#[email protected] drives me crazy in Alpha. Simple things for which
    there is typically a solution but one which requires constant backflips
    to find.
    Last edited by parkjammer; 01-15-2018, 07:51 PM.

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    Re: A &quot;hideDock()&quot; command exists; why not &quot;showDock()&quot;

    Yes frustrating, work around it by adding a container then use the container controls to show hide etc, at the end of the day they are all containers. Action Java Script - Show Container and Hide/Close Container Window.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
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    US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

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      Re: A &quot;hideDock()&quot; command exists; why not &quot;showDock()&quot;

      Yes but then you can also use responsive rules to layout those containers based on device, etc. it really is a powerful tool.
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        Re: A &quot;hideDock()&quot; command exists; why not &quot;showDock()&quot;

        Thanks for the input Charles and Pete.

        I've use the "wrap in container" method for handling a ControlBar since it also does not have an obvious show/hide combination (though if you drill down into the object you can programmatically hide it).

        In the case where there is already a built-in method for auto-including the extra panel and an method for hiding it with a button I didn't want to clutter it with another container, essentialy obviating the need for the initial method in the first place.

        In the case of a responsive layout, the issue is that it isn't entirely about orientation.

        In both cases one simply winds up "working around" or "finding a kluge-fix".

        It isn't "no code" or "low code", it's "80% tools, 20% Chinese puzzle".

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          Re: A &quot;hideDock()&quot; command exists; why not &quot;showDock()&quot;

          I have a similar requirement that I've been working on. I want to show a panel using the onClick from a list menu that is launched from a disclosure button in a Controlbar.

          I'v attached a sample UX. TestRestoreSavedState.a5wcmp

          And a video https://www.screencast.com/t/mKh4R5RIx1hk

          The key is to store the panel state using the panelObject.getState method, and then restore the state using the panelObject.setState method. This will return the user to the panel that was previously being viewed.

          If you don't want to user to otherwise see the hidden panel you must make sure that the user cannot navigate to the panel using any method besides selecting an item from the list menu.


          *** I my case, I want to populate PANELCARD_TEXT with "context sensitive" html, based on the previously viewed panel. So if the user selects the Help menu item, the text in PANELCARD_TEXT would be specific to the panel the user was viewing.

          I can extract the panel ID of the previously viewed panel from the saved state object.

          My question is, how can I pass the panel ID to the list to use in the xbasic function?

          Of course, there may be a better way.

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