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  • browse issue

    When I try to insert a browse into a form, the browse object does not expand wide enough for me to be able to see the columns.

  • #2
    Re: browse issue

    You could increase the width of the form. But it would go off the screen to the right.

    You could rename the column names to something shorter to make them fit in the space of the form width, providing the data is not too many numbers/char wide.

    you could use a text label above the column titles to help naming the columns. To keep the columns width small.

    These are just a few.



    • #3
      Re: browse issue

      Originally posted by Ed Barley View Post
      You could increase the width of the form. But it would go off the screen to the right.

      You could rename the column names to something shorter to make them fit in the space of the form width, providing the data is not too many numbers/char wide.

      you could use a text label above the column titles to help naming the columns. To keep the columns width small.

      These are just a few.

      Thanks Ed. The form was already very wide. That did not affect the size of the window for choosing fields for a browse object.

      Unfortunately, this is someone else's database and I cannot change the column names.

      While I would not call this a "bug", I would call it user unfriendly. It would seem that being able to resize this modal window to accomodate some more space would not be the hardest thing for Alpha to do.


      • #4
        Re: browse issue

        Another valid reason to keep names short.....but this has been mentioned many times... at least on the message board, but unsure of how many times it has been asked of Alpha to expand their dialog genie so that this development issue goes away. It occurs in several genies that I have used.

        Maybe another attempt at the Wish List forum is in order---eventually you would think that Alpha then would respond yea or nay if this will ever be cured!! I know, an optimist here!! :D But if any company would fix something like this it would be Alpha IMO.
        It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
        It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
        Henry David Thoreau


        • #5
          Re: browse issue

          Perhaps that is why Alpha shows the full path (grey area) below the list view in the white area. The easy way for Alpha to fix this is to allow the window to be expandable. We could expand it to our hearts content. Since the window is written with Xdialog, it should be quite an easy to do, would it not?

          As a further note, this is one if the inconsistencies I see in A5 as a development tool. One that really sticks out is the drop down boxes. In some, just clicking in the box drops the list while in others, you have to click the far right of the box. Another is scrolling with the mouse wheel. Sometimes it's allowed and sometimes it's not. These are minor issues but an annoyance just the same.

          TYVM :) kenn

          Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


          • #6
            Re: browse issue

            Andrew, if this helps,
            I use the following code sample when fieldnames get too verbose after several operations, simply rename (and back if necessary) using vars.

            tbl =
            ofnames=tbl.field_name_get() ' OldFieldNames
            nfnames="Chck" + crlf()+ "Stk"+ crlf()+ "Cat" + crlf()+ "Qty_a" + crlf()+ "Qty_b" + crlf()+ "Sale_a" + crlf()+ "Sale_b" + crlf()+ "Cost_a" + crlf()+ "Cost_b"
            table.fieldname_change(summarize_db_name, ofnames, nfnames)