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  • #16
    Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

    Originally posted by rbsystemsdesign View Post
    They have a form set up as menu with a button on it which opens up the A5 Letter Editor. It's essentially similar to using the A5 Control Panel, Letter tab, New, pick a table and Go directly to the letter definition. This opens the A5 Letter Writer which, surprisingly, allows them to write a letter. When they have typed a few sentences they wanted to put in a few bullet points. The key words were "Letter" and "Bullet". It seems some people look too deeply and imagine questions which aren't there. I'll try to be more pedantic next time (if there is one).
    Pedantic indeed since this is perhaps the most unusual most definitely the least desirable way of doing things since you should not allow users access to the control panel or any parts thereof.

    Let me see if I could dissuade you from this approach and perhaps suggest that you put an RTF on a form, xdlg or anything else for user's input.

    For the purpose of just writing a letter ad hoc, you might as well just open Word from alpha (or use OLE) and write the letter there. There is no sense of writing a letter in alpha's letter editor for one time use or if no field values are to be incorporated.

    And yes, I read the thread title, however, the title does explicitly state who is doing the editing in the letter editor. One would assume, the developer not the user.

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    • #17
      Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

      If you read the post properly you would see that I said "similar to...". Of course the users don't have access to the Control Panel. Why do you assume they have Word. I only mentioned that doing a bulleted list should be similar to doing it in Word. As it happens they wanted a completely self-contained solution, hence the A5 approach. The thread said "I have a client who wants to be able to put bulleted lists in a letter in A5v9 but can't find a way of doing it.", i.e. the client can't find a way...

      Try reading what posts actually say and not what you think they say.

      I can't be bothered with any more of this rubbish. It's just a total waste ot my time.

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      • #18
        Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

        "Can't find a way" could mean: "I can't find a way" or "the client can't find a way".
        So far, you are correct on one thing and one thing only: This is rubbish.

        Unsubscribed!

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        • #19
          Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

          So I read this:

          "I have a client who wants to be able to put bulleted lists in a letter in A5v9 but can't find a way of doing it. Any ideas?"

          "Subject closed (at least by me)."

          "End of."

          "It seems some people look too deeply and imagine questions which aren't there. I'll try to be more pedantic next time (if there is one)."

          "I thought I had already made it clear that the users are typists and aren't going to be doing this sort of thing. Maybe you should read the whole thread instead of going down a new path.
          Try reading what posts actually say and not what you think they say."

          "I can't be bothered with any more of this rubbish. It's just a total waste ot my time."
          ====
          The guy asked for "Any ideas" and when he gets them he throws above sentences at them...

          Maybe you should work first on "how to deal with people trying to help" before asking open ended questions and not being able to deal with the responses..

          Some very respected people at this board have taken the effort to respond to your question.

          Get some help on other areas than Alpha and systems design. Especially on human interaction. You need it.

          No regards, Ron

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          • #20
            Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

            At the risk of further abuse, but for anyone who actually wants to provide a way for their clients to put bulleted lists in letters (or reports) in A5v9, as originally requested:

            (please realise that this is what the DEVELOPER does for the client - the client just uses the end result)

            Further to my previous post, the instructions in the help file are not quite right.

            - In item 3 of the instructions, instead of the "Microsoft Web Browser" control, select "DHTML Edit Control for IE5".

            - In item 14 (onFetch code), replace
            Code:
            px.documenthtml = t.HTMLNOTES
            with
            Code:
            px.documenthtml = tbl.HTMLNOTES
            and it works beautifully. Click the edit button (which you have placed by the text field) and it pops up the HTML editor.

            (Peter G, your version of this looks great, but I couldn't find an HTML memo field on my version of A5V9.)

            I hope this is helpful to someone - I'm certainly going to be using it.

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            • #21
              Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

              Originally posted by Bonbon View Post
              (Peter G, your version of this looks great, but I couldn't find an HTML memo field on my version of A5V9.)
              BonBon,

              It's in there, you just have to scroll down - see attached image.

              Peter
              Peter
              AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

              Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
              https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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              • #22
                Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

                Peter,

                I must be so nearly there ... I've dragged the HTML field onto the form, but when I go into form view, I don't get an "HTML field icon". The field displays whatever is in it, but it won't let me edit it.

                I had a look at "View ... Settings", but couldn't find anything there. Any pointers ?

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                • #23
                  Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

                  Originally posted by Bonbon View Post
                  ... I don't get an "HTML field icon".... Any pointers ?
                  See the attached image. You have to click in the HTML memo field to see the icon. I would prefer that the icon show all the time. There is an xbasic function that will put the icon inside the field, I believe (which you could put in your form's OnInit event).
                  Peter
                  AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                  Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
                  https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                  • #24
                    Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

                    How odd ... I don't get that icon (see attached). Thanks for having a look, and at least I do have a working version, though it's a bit more work.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

                      Originally posted by Bonbon View Post
                      How odd ... I don't get that icon (see attached).
                      You only see the icon if you click in the memo field - while in view mode (not edit mode).
                      Peter
                      AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                      Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
                      https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                      • #26
                        Re: Bulleted lists in Letter Writer

                        There it is ! Tremendous - many thanks Peter.

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