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    Performance of duplicate text boxes

    Hey everyone,

    Has anyone created a form that reuses the same field 3 or more times?

    I have an entry form I'm working on and I'm toying with the idea of making a specialized workflow for each of our departments to maximize data entry efficiency but I'm concerned about performance. I'm using DBFs over a network.

    anyone try something like this before? How was speed performance?

    Re: Performance of duplicate text boxes

    Hi Marco,
    Have you looked at creating a conditional object? If you want to use the same field to hold different types of data, you could place the field LABEL into a conditional object to point the user to the data he is to enter. If for example you have another field where the department is entered, your condition could change based on that field to display a different field label.

    A bit more info on what you are trying to do would be helpful.

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


      Re: Performance of duplicate text boxes

      Hi Robin,

      That's actually a pretty good suggestion that I'm definitely going to file away for use on other forms. What I was thinking about doing was a little different. I'll try and clarify.

      Each department would have a slightly different ideal work flow for this form.
      (this will be an extremely simplified example)

      After they all enter in data in common fields:
      ----- FieldA, FieldB, FieldC

      then each department would like to only enter/see in the following fields

      Dept Alpha
      ----- Field1, Field2, Field3, Field4

      Dept. Beta
      ----- Field2, Field5

      Dept. Delta
      ----- Field5, Field3, Field1, Field2, Field4

      So as you can see each department would want to enter on different fields in different a order.

      I can't simply hide or inactivate the fields since they also need a different tab order.

      So my thought was to place each specialized worked flow on a tab control (a tab for each department) and an onDepart code on fieldC would jump to the correct tab dependent on which department the users was from. But if i do that then field5 and field2 would be on form 3 times and field 5 twice.

      on a larger scale would duplicating fields on a form directly impair the speed of the form saving or navigating?


        Re: Performance of duplicate text boxes

        You can repeat the fields, just give them different object names on the form. Just so you are aware that on the same record, whatever was entered last by whichever department will become the one field's value on each tab.

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


          Re: Performance of duplicate text boxes

          Hey Robin,

          Thanks! That shouldn't be a issue but I will definitely keep that caveat in mind.


            Re: Performance of duplicate text boxes

            Why don't you just make different forms for different departments to use? Am I missing something?
            You can start with one form, and duplicate and change it as necessary for each department.

            Jay Talbott
            Lexington, KY


              Re: Performance of duplicate text boxes

              Yet another option is conditional styles and a switch case statement...
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                Re: Performance of duplicate text boxes

                ...or possibly a dialog box for entry. each department would get a slightly different dialog to enter their information. Since you're creating the dialog, YOU control what gets entered and you can field-check the data as it is entered. You could possibly use One Dialog displaying the needed fields using the {startpos} command and conditional fields to display what you want entered by whom.



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