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  • #16
    Re: RTF fields

    Hi Keith...
    yes i tried it shortly after your original suggestion. It works great... problem is that after i get the info from the 1st rtf field into the 2nd rtf field i continue to add text to the field during an interpretation. i use xbasic to beetle around, collecting and creating formatted text. The actual text and formatting will depend on the results of a chemical analysis (these fields are also on the form). So i was hoping to do everything by creating a RTF object & placing the formatted RTF text from the 1st field at the beginning of the object's content.. then i wanted to do my 'interpretation' of the data all the while appending it to the rtf object. Finally, i was going to transfer the RTF formatted text to the 2nd RTF field.

    BUT... after about 50 hours of banging my head against the wall & with much apprecated help from yourself & Stan i am going to give up on the 'beetling' part of the interpretation. I will simply place unformatted text in the 2nd RTF field and follow up by appending unformatted text. This will severly diminish the value of my application... but i can't find any way around it.

    I am very dissappointed in myself and in Alpha. I simply cannot wrap my mind around what appears to me to be a VERY awkward way to manipulate RTF fields. The documentation seems to make sense but every time i try to use the examples they fail in my app.

    Thanks for your help! I really appreciate it.


    • #17
      Re: RTF fields

      Hi David,

      I'm sorry to see that you are disappointed with yourself and Alpha that you cant quite get it right at the moment.

      What I dont understand is what you are doing when you say, "i use xbasic to beetle around". What is that all about?
      Keith Hubert
      Alpha Guild Member
      KHDB Management Systems
      Skype = keith.hubert

      For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


      • #18
        Re: RTF fields

        Hi Keith...

        Thanks for your concern.

        What i mean by beetle around:
        The application could be described as a pseudo-expert-system... i am trying to push it to an 'artificial intelligence' app with forward chaining & neural net functionality. I take input from an ICP-MS which generates approximately 40 elemental concentrations every 90 seconds. I import these concentrations & perform a number of calculations including ratios, pattern recognition, comparison with norms etc. Following the computations i 'beetle around' to produce an evaluation / interpretation of the data. I say 'beetle around' because the data and information necessary to produce the evaluation report is located in many different tables & the necesity to hit any particular table is dependant on the results from the instrument in addition to the presence or absence of other data (eg a nutritional assessment, availability of medication information, pathology data etc etc), sometimes there is a lot of data for a particular patient, sometimes not much.... sooooo the path through the tables is, in general, different for each sample. In my mind i picture a little information gathering 'beetle' wending it's way through the morass of available data in response to the primary results and also to information that is generated by it's previous experience as it 'beetles' through the process.

        Hope this makes things a bit less foggy.

        I have cobbled together a sort-of fix. Regular memo fields seem to respond better than RTF memos. I have given up on programming fancy colours & text attributes.

        Thanks for your help... i do use your suggestion of using the clipboard copy statements for some of the functionality.