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  • Names for Controls?

    We've run into an issue with the cookie causing problems with validation on different dialogs when using the same name for a control on two different dialogs.

    Here is a summary of what happens.

    Let's say you have a field in your table called "Name" and on dialog1 you name the control "Name" and on dialog2 you also name the control "Name".

    If your validation is to make sure it's not left blank (required value in the control's validation is checked"), and you go to dialog1 and enter a name, when you open dialog2, the value entered in dialog1 will be automatically shown (I think it's picking it up from the cookie) and even if you blank it out, the validation will NOT fire because it thinks the value has been entered.

    Originally, we thought this was something to do with the browser, but we've been able to duplicate this in multiple browsers (Safari, Firefox and IE). Once we used unique names for the control on each dialog, everything worked as expected.

    Anyone else run into this or is there another work around?
    John J. Fatte', CPA
    Omaha, NE 68137

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    Re: Names for Controls?

    I can't imagine how there ever would be a work-around for this,
    If it were me I'd just hunker down and rename everything properly,
    You could make use of printing out a search for NAME in the respective folder, so that you can mark off on paper what you change.
    To avoid this I normally use a flamboyant version of Hungarian / Notation,
    I realise this has gone out of fashion these days due to namespace issues,
    Eg if I have a table called Customers then the field names are similar to Cst_ID Cst_FirstName Cst_PhoneNum etc
    Dialogs dlg_Cst_Entry with dlg_Cst_Ent_FirstName, dlg_Cst_PhoneNum.
    The advantages are
    1, It makes it darn hard to have issues like you are experiencing,
    2, Someone (could be the developer) can look at the code and understand it months later.

    Good Luck


    • #3
      Re: Names for Controls?

      Same problem exists if you have two dialogs with calendars named the same. They show each others dates.
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