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  • Format variable text on a5w page

    I have a table of nice quotes from customers that I display here:

    www.SwimAmerica.info

    Customers can click "next", etc. to flip through them, if they notice the "next" and "previous" links.

    I've written some xbasic to load one quote at a time into a variable and display the text on the screen, and I know how to fetch through the table to show other quotes, but I'm not quite sure how to format the variable results on an a5w page.

    Here's what I have, unformatted:

    http://www.swimamerica.info/index4.a5w

    Obviously, this is not acceptable.

    I don't know much (any?) Javascript, so I'd like to avoid using it, if possible.

    I'd appreciate any help.

    Thank you!

    --Rob

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    Re: Format variable text on a5w page

    How do you want to format it... you don't say?

    It's probably more a matter of using HTML and Styling more than Javascript... but, as an aside, you should start to embrace Javascript.

    How are you getting your variable to display on the screen.

    Sorry, but there's not a lot to go on here. Post a static a5w page with a static message displaying... and illustrate how you'd like your message to be displayed.

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    • #3
      Re: Format variable text on a5w page

      Thanks, David. I know enough html & css to do what I want. I don't know how to use html tags within xbasic. Here's the code I have. The variable containing the quote is vc_quote. To display it, I use ?vc_quote.

      Thanks!

      --Rob

      <!doctype html public "-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 transitional//en">
      <html><head>
      <meta content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type>

      <%a5

      dim tbl as p
      dim vc_quote as c
      tbl=table.open("[pathalias.adb_path]\quotes")
      tbl.fetch_last()
      vc_quote=tbl.quotememo
      ?vc_quote
      tbl.close()

      %>

      <meta name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16450"></head>
      <body></body></html>

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      • #4
        Re: Format variable text on a5w page

        the code above does not seem a normal a5w page generated by alpha.[edit: normally you start with blank a5w page generated by alpha then add your code]
        secondly you could place the xbasic code in between the body tags not in the head section, your body is empty.
        thirdly you can just include html tags in the print statements in the xbasic as ?"<h1>"+vcQuote+"</h1>"
        if you can build a frame like the way you have in the first example ( you can use xbasic to output those lines ) then just add these lines to that frame.
        all html tags are just strings, right? you can print them just like any strings.

        of course you can use css for the form, too.
        Last edited by GGandhi; 08-11-2016, 07:41 AM.
        thanks for reading

        gandhi

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        • #5
          Re: Format variable text on a5w page

          THAT'S what I needed to know; thank you!

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          • #6
            Re: Format variable text on a5w page

            An A5W page is essentially just an HTML page... but it has <%a5 %> XBasic tags and an A5W extension so that the Alpha Server will interpret it... and the tags... appropriately. The XBasic tags can go anywhere.

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