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Form Window Name Confusion. Help!

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    Form Window Name Confusion. Help!

    I have a form design with quite a number of action scripts. Everything has been going swimmingly until today when I go to edit some of the form�s action scripts. �Script Genie: Set Properties of Object(s)� has on its own accord decided that the scripts were all defined to operate on a form or browse window that is not open. Huh? I�m staring at it but apparently Alpha thinks its called something different. The original form as created was named �Maintain Properties� which is as it still appears in the forms list where I select it to open in either view or design mode. But the script genie doesn�t see it that way. The script genie appears with ann ERROR and prompts me to select another window, with one alternate available named Maintain_Properties1. I can proceed to replace the window reference(s) in the genie with this new alternate and the form works. But having to rework though a considerable number of action scripts to ensure the form window is correctly bound to the scripts is quite a nuisance. Plus I don�t get why this happened in the first place and therefore have concerns about it randomly occurring again. I don�t see where Alpha permits the bound form window reference name to be modified so as to be able to simply reset the name back to the original �Maintain_Properties� and get the scripts to work as originally built. I checked Object Explorer but don�t see it there. ????

    Re: Form Window Name Confusion. Help!

    I'm not sure I understand your question but can explain the form name confusion. If you have a form open multiple times, Alpha suffixes the name with numbers to alias them.


    It seems you might have had multiple instances open when you created your Action Scripting?
    There can be only one.


      Re: Form Window Name Confusion. Help!

      Stan thanks for your reponse. I am aware that A5 generates aliases for all sorts of objects when it detects there is a dupilcate. But in this case the form was only opened with one instance. I opened the form in view mode and then switched into design mode using the tool bar icon in order to move a couple of fields and to place another one onto the form. Because the new field needed to be included in some action scripts that control properties of objects (e.g. read only, visbible, etc.) I then tried to open the approriate action scripts for editing and the genie said that they were no longer bound to the original form window and insisted that I bind them to another open form window - the only one open/available at that point according to the genie being a newly named form Maintain_Properties1. Up until this instance of editing the form's action scripts the correct form window name had been bound to them. No longer.

      What I am asking is if and how I get the genie to rebind the action scripts to the a form window name using the same name as the as the form is actually called and stored in the dictionary; or perhaps edit the aliased form window name back to the name originally used. Or am I stuck having to use the alias name A5 assigned and I have to individually, manually rebind all the action scripts to this alias.

      In other cases where I have seen the genie unbind a form window it has offered both the original and the generated aliases as alternatives to select from for rebinding. Not so in this case. Also, I notice that when opening the form either in view or design mode A5 generates no errors indications that I can see to point out that the form window is unbound. Nothing appears in the trace log. The only way I knew it was when I actually attempted to edit the action scripts. If the tool pereceives that scripts are no longer bound to an open form window wouldn't it make sense that an error flag should be produced when first opening the form to alert the uiser or developer to the problem?


        Re: Form Window Name Confusion. Help!

        What is happening is not what you are thinking but goes along with what Stan has said.

        If the genie assigned an action to a suffixed form, believe me that you had such a form may not have been visible but it WAS open! This will happen most times to users when the form is opened as a dialog form. This type of form must be closed in a different way and will explain if this is indeed the case (or a search of the messageboard would bring up the answer as well). There are times also that an action depends on a certain form being opened and you will get the error you mentioned when this happens as well--test it out next time when the error happens and then open the form that is "missing" or referenced by the action.
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