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  • Dialog Check-Box

    I've a checkbox on a dialog form. I am having trouble showing it's state as "checked" on form load.

    Aside from that the checkbox works great.

    I've looked through the HTML of the page without the checkbox checked and with the checkbox checked and the difference is that the checked box has the additional option "checked=True".

    How do I get that option using the Alpha5 software so that it will show up on form load?

  • #2
    Re: Dialog Check-Box

    Not 100% sure but I think true in alpha5/xbasic is .t. not TRUE...

    Not had great luck with checkboxes myself though so might be very wrong!


    • #3
      Re: Dialog Check-Box

      In the control properties box ( ie when you add the control to the dialog)

      if the Data type is character, there is a initial value property to set

      if the Data type is logical, there is an initial state property to set
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      • #4
        Re: Dialog Check-Box


        Thank you for this. Up until your explanation, I could not get them to work. Now I understand and they are very cool!

        Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


        • #5
          Re: Dialog Check-Box

          please help. i still can't get logical checkboxes to work.

          Creating a dialog, In the control properties box, Data type is set to logical,
          if i set the initial state to False, is see value="True" in the pagesource.
          Should this not be value="False"?

          (if i set the state to True i get (correctly) checked="checked" value="True")

          (i'm very new to anything web.
          i know i could create the above as character & set up T/F choices, but then is there any sense in having logical fields in a table?)


          • #6
            Re: Dialog Check-Box

            The checkbox value of "true" or "false" doesn't represent that the box is checked or not. A checkbox can have a value of "banannas" and still work.

            The value= tag in pagesource does not represent the state/property of being checked or not being checked. I had trouble with this myself until I did some reading.

            Check out this tutorial:



            • #7
              Re: Dialog Check-Box

              Thank you for the echo link! and for your quick response,

              does this mean that something needs to be coded in order to deal with this as a logical data type?
              setting the initial state to False is misleading?

              A5 help:
              "CheckBox Properties
              Check boxes are appropriate when you want to set a True/False value into a logical field. The most important property for a check box control is the definition of its choices."
              is ambiguous (there are no choices for the value of a logical field).

              since i need to set choices, it would easiest to set this up as character?

              and then, is there any sense in having logical fields in a table?

              or another ? is - how to initialize the value of a checkbox to False?
              Last edited by gudbrand; 04-28-2009, 03:18 PM. Reason: i meant false, not true


              • #8
                Re: Dialog Check-Box

                I actually don't use logical check boxes myself. I do a conversion when I am evaluating the box, and for that I use the function convert_type(value, type) Type is a string value that represents a variable type. IE for logical (true/false) type would be "L".

                So in my code I have something that looks like this:

                if (convert_type(variable, "L") == .t.)

                The reason I don't use logical values is because I store my data as the "bit" data type in my database engine. A checkbox really is a logical "true/false" pair or you can also think of it as numeric "1/0" pair. I would stay away from character type because the character strings are less efficient and require more coding work. But remember that everything HTML is character based, even numeric values, so the application is always doing conversions.

                So how does the numeric type translate to this "bit" type? easily, the database engine does the work. I don't have to do any translation.

                Further, to set the default value, I use the database engine, not the alpha5 tools. I find it is much more efficient. By default, a record that does not exist will show as unchecked but your database engine can override that when the record is created(committed). I did it this way because like you, I was a bit frustrated with the handling of the checkbox in Alpha5, and for my applications it was not important to know what the default value was of a field until after a http POST operation.

                The other thing I typically do in Alpha is make my checkbox fields always assume "false". IE: insted of having a field that says "Denied" checked, I will have a field that says "Approved" unchecked. That way the application doesn't need any intelligence around the checkbox, other than to store it's value after a HTTP Post.


                • #9
                  Re: Dialog Check-Box

                  gosh you are helpful. forgive me, i know so little.
                  my background is mainframe, so i understand a bit about bits (and efficient code)

                  so, data type logical is held as character.
                  in an AlphaFive dbf is blob the same as your reference to ""bit" data type"? i only need 1 bit?
                  (do i need to learn about SQL too?)

                  i need the check box to work just like i would think, and it sounds like you would think too,
                  a 'logical' variable starts out being not true and not checked,
                  and if the box gets checked, the variable gets set to true.
                  (and on display, if true, show checked)

                  there are various frustrated threads on this (if i could find them again).

                  i'd like to have an a5wcmp dialog that does this.
                  (perhaps AlphaSoft could put this out as a patch, rather than waiting for v10?
                  (sorry, not sure how to use this message board at all, either searching or posting.))

                  i'm afraid the development of this web app is going to go to a seasoned PHP/Java/SQL programmer.


                  • #10
                    Re: Dialog Check-Box

                    ok. never mind about the blobs and bits. i see this is much easier to do than i was understanding. i knew i must be missing something.

                    still wondering though - are you using SQL databases?


                    • #11
                      Re: Dialog Check-Box

                      I am using MS SQL server 2005 to store my data.


                      • #12
                        Re: Dialog Check-Box

                        Thank you very much for your help.