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  • How to use hidden fields

    How can a hidden field still be used?

    Example: I use a logical/checkbox field to delete a record. The delete button actually checks the checkbox true, sets the user name of who deleted it and the time the record was deleted. The filter on the dialogs/grids filters that record out, so it appears to be deleted. I also have an admin console where the where the administrator can recover deleted files by clicking the Un-Delete button which unchecks the checkbox.

    I want to hide the textboxes and checkbox so they are not visible to the user, but when they are hidden, it will not work, i cannot set the values of the fields.
    Here is the code i use in the delete button click event.

    e._set.DeleteChk.value = .T.
    e._set.DeleteDate.value = Now()
    e._set.DeleteUser.value = a5ws_getcurrentuser()

    Suggestions please?
    Epigate Software, LLC.

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  • #2
    Re: How to use hidden fields


    How are you hiding the fields?
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert

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    • #3
      Re: How to use hidden fields

      Not sure what you are doing exactly, but try using the show/hide expression 1=2.


      Write the values directly to the table in your callback.
      AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

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      • #4
        Re: How to use hidden fields

        Hi Keith, I am using the hide property for the field, as seen in the attachment.

        Peter, don't feel alone, apparently I don't know what I am doing either. I will give the show/hide expression a shot.
        Currently if the delete button is clicked, it is not committed until the submit button is clicked, but if i write to the database, it is committed even if the user changes their mind and does not click submit. I would like to keep from committing it until the submit is clicked.

        Epigate Software, LLC.

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        • #5
          Re: How to use hidden fields

          Peter, the show/hide expression works great. I also found if i use a container, with the controls in the container, and set its Show/Hide property to 2=1, then it hides all the controls inside but leaves them editable. Thank you very much Peter.
          Last edited by J.R. Noe; 04-15-2012, 05:54 AM.
          Epigate Software, LLC.

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