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  • Display a field with multiple colors

    I am trying to display a number in a field when you open a form and show it to display changing color every second from red, blue and finally in green and remain as green.
    In other words a form open and there is field with Number in it. The color equation normally sets the color depending on some definitions.
    I am trying to start to display in red for 1 second, then blue and the next second in green.
    I was trying secolor, but I got nowhere..
    1 Is it possible,?
    2 Some command,like topparent:vNumb1.show() then wait_until(.F., 1, 1) and so on but with a color change attribute.
    What could be that code/attribute?
    Please advise, thanks

  • #2
    Like traffic lights?
    Ted Giles
    Example Consulting - UK
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    sigpichttp://ec12.example-software.com//
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    • #3
      Almost, but blue vs yellow. This request was originally for one project, but I see use for other possibilities, if I learn how to accomplish it.
      A way to enhance display and get attention.
      I wonder if there are other ways to enhance display using Alpha.

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      • #4
        Are you using the form timer event, checking the current color, and then changing to the next color, then when green - leaving it as green?

        It doesn't sound like anything else will trigger the process...
        Al Buchholz
        Bookwood Systems, LTD
        Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

        Occam's Razor - KISS
        Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
        Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
        When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
        "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
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        • #5
          No at this point I am unable to change the color:
          No I do not know how to check for color or change the color field font.
          I saw documentation, but is not clear to me.
          If I could change the color setting then I would use wait_until(.F., 1, 1) between color assignment.

          This is my setup in a form:

          Event onfetch
          topparent:Score.hide()


          event on timer: form has 4 sec setting
          topparent:Score.show()

          So the form opens and show a black screen then in 4 seconds Score shows up.

          The settings for the score field color equation is case(.T.,"Green on Black") font 28

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          • #6
            Something like this?

            Download, UnZip, Add this table to a database/workspace and open the FontColorSwitching form.

            http://bookwood.com/a5mb/FontColor.zip
            Al Buchholz
            Bookwood Systems, LTD
            Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

            Occam's Razor - KISS
            Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
            Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
            When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
            "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
            Albert Einstein

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            • #7
              Sorry, Al. "Invalid File Format" error
              Ted Giles
              Example Consulting - UK
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              sigpichttp://ec12.example-software.com//
              See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ted Giles View Post
                Sorry, Al. "Invalid File Format" error
                Can you copy that link and paste it into a clean browser window?

                The file is not on the Alpha messageboard.

                So you are saying you can't download it or once downloaded you get an error.
                Al Buchholz
                Bookwood Systems, LTD
                Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

                Occam's Razor - KISS
                Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
                "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
                Albert Einstein

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                • #9
                  Ted,

                  Download, UnZip, Add this table to a database/workspace and open the FontColorSwitching form.
                  I did " Add tables " then I was able to open the form.

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                  • #10
                    I will pick it up from your site Al.
                    Silly me! I thought it was on this new Forum for download.
                    Ted Giles
                    Example Consulting - UK
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                    sigpichttp://ec12.example-software.com//
                    See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Al, got it working now. Is there a way of adding a delay? That's where I was heading.
                      Ted Giles
                      Example Consulting - UK
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                      sigpichttp://ec12.example-software.com//
                      See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.

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                      • #12
                        Add Sleep( nYour_delay_number ) between each case.

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                        • #13
                          Excellent...... I love it.
                          Plus a bit of info in Alpha code. That is always great.
                          Thanks.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ted Giles View Post
                            Thanks Al, got it working now. Is there a way of adding a delay? That's where I was heading.
                            Yes. The one second delay is set on the form properties FORMS TAB where the timer delay in seconds is set.

                            The timer value is also available to code using topparent.Timer_interval, where in this case it's topparent.Timer_interval=1

                            Adding a delay in the script would cause 2 timers to be running when only one is needed.

                            Might be able to save a few milliseconds if you start the script with this code that ends the script when the final color is reached.

                            if topparent:score.Font.Color = "Green" then
                            end
                            end if

                            Probably some other tricks could add to the functionality, but I chose to KISS.

                            This whole exercise is also a great reason to know and use the object explorer - shows you everything you can play with.
                            Design mode - view - object explorer or
                            Design mode - code - view - object explorer


                            DANG JUST NOTICED MY SIGNATURE IS GONE...!!!
                            Last edited by Al Buchholz; 05-02-2020, 04:31 PM.
                            Al Buchholz
                            Bookwood Systems, LTD
                            Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

                            Occam's Razor - KISS
                            Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                            Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                            When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
                            "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
                            Albert Einstein

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