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  • "On change" event with list box

    I have a field on a form, set up from a global variable var->vcustname. The field uses a control type of record list-list box, so there is a dropdown of customer names. The user selects the customer, and this is stored in the variable.
    There are a couple of other fields on the form, input by the user - the sales reference number, and a notes field. Whenever the form is opened, I want the previous values of the ref number and notes to be the same as the previous data, unless the customer changes, then I want to blank the ref number and notes fields. So I attach an action to the "onchange" event, to blank the fields. Unfortunately the "onchange" event fires even if the customer does not change. My guess is that just placing focus on the customer field forces a customer name into the variable, and triggers the "on change" event even if the customer name is the same. I know I can work around this by storing the initial customer name on the "oninit" event, and then checking on the "onchange" event to see if it has in fact changed, but it just seems like odd behavior to me.
    Any thoughts?

  • #2
    Re: "On change" event with list box

    Bump. So is this a bug, or is it supposed to work this way?


    • #3
      Re: "On change" event with list box

      Nick, you may want to do a trace to see exactly which events are firing when you click into the field. You also may want to do the check in the on-depart event, where you could check the original value against the "new" value.

      In an on-arrive event, capture the value in the field, then in the on-depart event, compare to what was there in the arrive event and if different, blank out the other fields when you depart.


      We ran some traces on fields when developing forms, and there were a significant number of events fired that we didn't anticipate.

      Last edited by Tom Henkel; 05-10-2012, 11:36 AM. Reason: dislesic fingers


      • #4
        Re: "On change" event with list box

        Nick, it does sound odd. But I don't have an example here to study. Will be happy to corroborate your observations if that would help.


        • #5
          Re: "On change" event with list box

          Tom (Henkel)- my workaround is that I'm now saving the original value in the "oninit" event on the form (yes, "onarrive" for the field would be more logical), and then checking when the "on change" event fires to see if it has in fact changed. The "on change" event is firing whenever I tab into the field. Maybe it's because the form field is a variable., not based on a table.