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    Color in a form

    I have a small table with a field "Color" which allows the user to set the display color of items belonging to a category. I am using a slightly modified form to display the record and what I am trying to do is get the text for that field to display in this color when viewing/editing this record. I can force it to a specific color without a problem but when I want it to use the color from the table it goes pear shaped.
    I have tried the following:
    case(Color<>"","\"" +trim(color) + " on white\"",.T.,"black on white")
    In the expression editor this shows a result of "Rose on white" which is correct for the first record but when I exit the expression editor and then go back into it again the expression has changed to
    case(Color<>"","\" on white\"",.T.,"black on white")
    I then changed it to include it in brackets as follows
    case(Color<>"",("\"" +trim(color) + " on white\""),.T.,"black on white")
    This also appeared correct in the expression editor but on exiting and re-entering it, it has changed to
    case(Color<>"","\""+chr(92)+"\"\"+trim on white\"",.T.,"black on white")
    Can anyone tell me what is going on and how I can get it to do what I want!



    Re: Color in a form

    You are probably confusing Alpha as well as me.

    What would be wrong with

    case(Color<>"",trim(color) + " on white",.T.,"black on white")
    See if that sticks.
    There can be only one.


      Re: Color in a form

      Hi Stan
      What you've suggested was my first attempt. That returned the following after exiting and then re-entering the Expression Editor
      case(Color<>"","rim(color)+\" on white\"",.T.,"black on white")
      (My typing is bad, but not that bad but I checked it several times anyway!). The original expression shows the result as Rose on White (without inverted commas) so I thought that may have been the problem which is why I changed it.



        Re: Color in a form

        You don't need case().

        color-" on white"
        is all you need.


          Re: Color in a form

          But.. if you insist:
          case(color<>"",color - " on white",.T.,"black on white")


            Re: Color in a form

            The first option, without the CASE worked, thanks very much. If I include the CASE statement the expression still does funny things. I guess my main concern, given that I am evaluating Alpha with a view to future development, is why does the Expression Generator appear to parse it correctly in the first place? I would much prefer it tell me it's invalid or whatever at the time rather than finding it when testing and then have to revisit it. I actually included the CASE because using the genie set to a specific color generated that code which I then thought I could modify so suit my particular need.
            I have to say that the way it has handled (mishandled?) this fairly trivial piece of code worries me and makes the Expression Generator look a little flaky, which I sincerely hope is not the case because there is a lot that I do like about Alpha.



              Re: Color in a form

              I think what is happening is: you put the expression in the genie. Put the expression directly in the box that says "Color Equation".


                Re: Color in a form

                Yes, you're right. If I use the CASE in the color equation it's fine. Because I don't know the syntax of a lot of these things I clicked on the Expression Generator button, which took me to the genie. From there I selected Expression Generator because the genie doesn't give you the opportunity to use a variable for the color and that's where my trouble started:( Once I know the syntax I can probably avoid a lot of these things.
                Thanks very much for your help.