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  • Show help in pop_up window

    The videos show how to do the hard things, but I can't figure out how to do the simple things.

    In a table row, I have a field that contains a question and a field that contains text help. All I want to do is click on an image in the row and have the help pop up in a box that can be moved around and where the question can be answered while the box is still open. Help may be just a few words or it may be a paragraph.

    I can open a dialog2 from the onClick of an image, but how do I get the text in it?

    Thanks for any help.
    Pat Bremkamp
    MindKicks Consulting

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    Re: Show help in pop_up window

    Hey Pat,

    Since you've got a dialog all ready, I'll assume you've got a field in there... probably a TextArea.

    In your onClick event of the image, use Action Javascript, and choose the Dialogs Category, Open Dialog as an alternate editing view for current record. Lots of options here, but the main ones are Control Map where you tell Alpha what field(s) to feed into your dialog from the grid, and Window Type which you can set to Modeless Popup so that you move it around but work on the grid.

    I haven't found a way to keep a user from entering or deleting data from the Help dialog. It won't get updated, because there's no data binding, but it should allow anything. Still looking for that one, but the rest should work fine. (EDIT: Use the Readonly expression property on the dialog control displaying the help text - set that to 1=1)
    Last edited by Davidk; 08-04-2012, 09:56 AM.

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      Re: Show help in pop_up window

      How do you like that... there's a "Readonly expression" property. Just set it to 1=1 and no more input.

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      • #4
        Re: Show help in pop_up window

        Alternatively, you could throw up a messagebox, something like:

        var mytext = {dialog.object}.getValue(.....your field.....
        A5.msgBox.show('My Title',mytxt,'ok',function(){});

        Normally, you would also want to add a div with some padding around your help message.

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          Re: Show help in pop_up window

          Thank you both for those good ideas. I had tried the open dialog to edit the current record, but couldn't keep it open...hadn't noticed the open as alternate editing... that works great.

          The JavaScript suggestion is excellent also, but wouldn't that be modal? I had considered a message box, but didn't know how to get my field value in there, so thanks...
          Pat Bremkamp
          MindKicks Consulting

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            Re: Show help in pop_up window

            Originally posted by Pat Bremkamp View Post
            T
            The JavaScript suggestion is excellent also, but wouldn't that be modal? I had considered a message box, but didn't know how to get my field value in there, so thanks...
            I was going to say a JS alert, but then I remembered it's modal which probably is not what you want. But to get the field value:

            {grid.Object}.getValue(part,name,[row - omit for Search and Detail View part])

            The problem w. a popup is that when they put the focus on the main browser window, your modeless dialog/window will be pushed behind the main window. I guess that's why the alert is modal in the first place.
            Peter
            AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

            [email protected]
            https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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              Re: Show help in pop_up window

              Originally posted by Peter.Greulich View Post
              The problem w. a popup is that when they put the focus on the main browser window, your modeless dialog/window will be pushed behind the main window. I guess that's why the alert is modal in the first place.
              That all depends on how the modeless popup is coded. Here's an example of both modal an modeless versions of the same box on a web page. http://screencast.com/t/BIrLvU9H6uL
              Jim Coltz
              Alpha Custom Database Solutions, LLC
              A5CustomSolutions.com
              [email protected]

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