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  • Conditional Lookups

    I have built a few conditional lookups in field rules and I'm confused over the appearance of the drop down selection screens. In most cases, Alpha does a nice, neat job with drop down windows where they only contain the fields I requested and in a small scale. In the case of conditional lookups, the drop down is not a drop down at all, but rather a popup browse table and is huge because it is based on the size of my field lengths.

    Can anyone tell me if there are any options here? I know that I can fiddle around with the size of the browse, but it's still a browse view, not a drop down window. I also realize that the user can adjust the size of the browse, but that doesn't help. After all, the drop down is simply intended to be a quick and simple way to make a selection from a screen. Compared to all my other drop downs, the browse view looks horrible.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: Conditional Lookups

    Tom,

    I used the Field Rule's "Filter" in order to shrink Look-up list.

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    • #3
      Re: Conditional Lookups

      Hi John,

      I already filter the data so I'm only showing a limited amount.

      My problem is not the length of the display but the width, the overall size and the options at the top of the screen, i.e. search, locate, OK. Instead of the user being able to move within the drop down with the keyboard and make a selection by pressing 'CR', the user must use the mouse, locate the OK icon and press it.

      In short, what I'm saying is that the drop down appearance of a conditional lookup is very different from a non-conditional lookup; the latter being much more attractive and appropriate for my needs.

      Tom

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      • #4
        Re: Conditional Lookups

        Tom,

        What is the width problem
        Can you send a screen shots on your problem?

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        • #5
          Re: Conditional Lookups

          Tom,
          As far as I can tell in my v9, a field rule conditional lookup does not have the choice of a dropdown....only a popup as you have described.
          Mike
          __________________________________________
          It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
          It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
          Henry David Thoreau
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          • #6
            Re: Conditional Lookups

            Mike,

            I'm afraid you are correct.

            Would v10 have any improvements here?

            Thanks,
            Tom

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            • #7
              Re: Conditional Lookups

              I do not believe so Tom.....but you can roll your own using a standard combo box I would think using a lookup() or table_external_record_content_get() function as for what fills the combo box......

              If you have a sample I will play with it if wanted....
              Mike
              __________________________________________
              It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
              It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
              Henry David Thoreau
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              • #8
                Re: Conditional Lookups

                Mike,

                I appreciate your help.

                What I'm doing is pretty simple as far as the conditional logic is concerned. The user selects from a field called "billing choice" which is a hard coded drop down comprised of two choices: employee or consultant. If the user selects "employee" that table opens and displays two fields. Likewise, if the user selects "consultant" that table opens and displays two fields.

                All I'm trying to do is make the selection screen more attractive. Someone else on this forum referred to it as "enormously amateurish" and that describes it pretty well. However, the functionality works fine so I guess this will be one of those cases where form follows function.

                Thanks again.

                Tom

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                • #9
                  Re: Conditional Lookups

                  You can create your own saved browse and specify that to be used in the field rules. You can also specify a custom 'Position' and set the width and height.
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Conditional Lookups

                    Tim,

                    What you say is true, but the browse is still a browse, not a true drop down selection. That means the user has to take his hand off the keyboard and move the mouse to make a selection. This might seem trivial ---and it probably is--- but if all the other drop downs on the screen function one way and the conditional lookup functions differently, it makes for discontinuity.

                    Thanks,
                    Tom

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                    • #11
                      Re: Conditional Lookups

                      Tom,
                      I still do not quite understand what you wish to see....this is my take on it.
                      You currently have a dropdown for the field Billing_Choice(hopefully not an actual blank in the name), most likely via field rules that has two choices. This is a field on a form that will show the choice that is made (that is how it is designed)...it sounds like you instead want another dropdown to appear and show filtered choices when one of the 2 choices in the Billing_Choice field has been selected.....not gonna happen as what then becomes of the Billing_Choice that was made?

                      Now if you simply want a separate dropdown to populate as a result of the Billing_Choice dropdown, easily done.

                      Let me how far off my thinking is!! :)
                      Mike
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                      It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
                      Henry David Thoreau
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                      • #12
                        Re: Conditional Lookups

                        Mike,

                        You've got it. The billing_choice field dictates the conditional response which fires the conditional lookup.

                        The entire process works fine. I have zero problems with the functionality. The only issue I have is with the lookup being based on a browse instead of being based on a true drop down selection.

                        Thanks,
                        Tom

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