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    Re: Action Scripting not working

    I'll be happy to respond further after you've read the article. I think it answers the question better than I can...


      Re: Action Scripting not working

      Thanks Tom. This article was exactly on the money with what I've done so far. I have a feeling the client isn't going to like a new design using buttons to get to other information, but perhaps I can mimic the tabbed layout with a clever form. They just aren't crazy about the embedded browses which is why I'm getting into the popup form snag.

      Now the article mentions that "new child records are created with xbasic". If I copy the code in the article and revise it where needed, is version 4 compatible with version 9?


        Re: Action Scripting not working

        I think your companion forms should be built on the table represented in the browse, not a set. This may mean you have to modify their original design so that only fields from the table are on the form, then copy them to the table.

        The companion browse of a form, and verse visa, should be just a change in view, not a view of a separate entity.

        After experimenting, the companion form can be built on a set with the table represented in the browse as part of the set. Only fields from the table should be represented on the form. (Kinda negates any reason to base the form on the set.)
        Last edited by Stan Mathews; 01-08-2009, 03:07 PM.
        There can be only one.


          Re: Action Scripting not working

          Diana, I can't find a form that contains a tabbed object in the materials you uploaded. What am I missing?

          The xbasic scripts in A5v4 should run just fine in A5v9. In some cases there are easier alternatives now, but the old xbasic should not be a problem.


            Re: Action Scripting not working

            The startup form has the tabbed object but opens, on my machine in v8, with the window sized such that the tabs on the right are hidden.
            There can be only one.


              Re: Action Scripting not working

              Diana, with Stan's help I found your tabs. Had to increase the resolution of my monitor and then stretch your startup form, but there they were.

              Stan's right. Working with the script on the Defendants tab, the "companion form" should be based on the Defendants table. You have it based on the "Clients to Defendants" set.


                Re: Action Scripting not working

                Stan, that was it! I looked and the Contacts form was built only on the Contacts table, and the Defendants form was built on a set, so I copied it over to just the table, put the button on the form and it worked!! Yippeeee!! BUT the client wanted information to display on this particular form at all times from another table (cases), which is why I had built the original form on a set. What's the best way to do that? Add those fields to the Defendants tables and use Field Rules to lookup from the Cases table? I may just put those two fields on the tab form....


                  Re: Action Scripting not working

                  Yes, unfortunately to get the font size that my client wants I have to make the form rather large. Maybe I'm trying to please them too much? LOL I'm beginning to think there's a problem in version 9 with tabbed forms because twice now I've totally lost the tab structure when I accidently grabbed a tab (the focus was on it not the field I wanted to work on) and shifted it to the right and it blows away everything. Thankfully I had made a backup.

                  Another thing I discovered is assigning an action script to a button that calls for the xbasic "enter record" wherein you can choose the fields to be filled in. Its pretty much a vertical browse, but would allow the data entry person to see all the fields at once. Good to know! Thanks to everyone, I've learned alot from all this!
                  Last edited by kyosadls; 01-08-2009, 03:37 PM.


                    Re: Action Scripting not working

                    What's the best way to do that?
                    Calculated field with a lookup.
                    There can be only one.


                      Re: Action Scripting not working

                      I would like to suggest a slight modification to the suggestion that companion forms opened this way need to be based on a table and not a set.

                      I have found that you can still use a set as long as the set has as its parent the table that the embedded browse is based on.

                      So you could have a set that has defendants as parent and cases as child linked 1 to 1

                      On the topic of simplifying the overall set structure. You said that "the client wanted to be able to see all the "panels" at all time" In the 'Input Form' you have a tabbed object containing all these 'panels' and so you need a set that provides all this info. However you can only ever see one tab at a time. If the form opens to the client tab and the user wants to see cases they still need to take some action like a mouse click or a hot key to view the cases tab. You could provide the same visual effect with a Client form based solely on the client table and a series of buttons that resembled tabs that opened a form based on the cases table. This 'cases' form would have the overall look of the client form so it would appear like just switching tabs.
                      Tim Kiebert
                      Eagle Creek Citrus
                      A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


                        Re: Action Scripting not working

                        Hi Tim. Thanks for the input, that's kind of the direction I was heading if I did a revamp of the layout. Interesting about companion forms and the sets, (switching the tables) -thanks for that advice. That does give me some more flexibility.

                        I just read your tag line - so true!! Thanks again to everyone, much much appreciated.