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XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

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  • XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

    I am trying to use XDialog for data entry. XDialog is new to me, so I started with an Action Script, converted it to XBasic, and tarted it up. It works, but the drop-down list for Name (produced using keylist_build) is only about 5.5 rows high (screenshot atatched). 10 lines or so would be nice.

    I have gone through the help files, and have tried several variations of adding %.70,10 in various places, but clearly not in the right place. Please can anyone help ?

    Here's the main part of the XDialog:

    DIM SHARED vxdEntryDate as D
    DIM SHARED vxdDescription as C
    DIM SHARED vxdName as C
    DIM SHARED vxdChqName as C
    DIM SHARED vxdAmount as C
    dim shared temp as n
    DIM SHARED vxdPaidIn as C
    DIM SHARED vxdAccount as C
    DIM SHARED vxdCategory as C
    DIM SHARED varC_result as C
    DELETE expression_result
    expression_result = eval("date()",form_name)
    vxdEntryDate = convert_type(expression_result,"D")
    vxdPaidIn = "No"
    auto_list_vxdDescription = table.external_record_content_get("e_income_descriptions","Description","Order","")
    temp_count = w_count(auto_list_vxdDescription,crlf())
    DELETE a_vxdDescription
    DIM a_vxdDescription[temp_count] as c
    auto_list_vxdAccount = table.external_record_content_get("e_income_accounts","Account","Order","")
    temp_count = w_count(auto_list_vxdAccount,crlf())
    DELETE a_vxdAccount
    DIM a_vxdAccount[temp_count] as c
    auto_list_vxdCategory = table.external_record_content_get("e_income_categories","Category","Order","")
    temp_count = w_count(auto_list_vxdCategory,crlf())
    DELETE a_vxdCategory
    DIM a_vxdCategory[temp_count] as c
    ok_button_label = "&OK"
    cancel_button_label = "&Cancel"
    edit_button_label = "&Edit client record"
    DIM vxdName_rl_def as C 
    vxdName_rl_def = "k=clients,{keylist_build(\"H=.05,1:30[Name],2:34[Cheque name],3:60[Short notes]\",''+Calcflname,left(''+Calcflname,26),left(''+Cheque_name,30),left(''+Shortnotes,70))}{}"
    ' It's a new income record, so blank out all fields except those with a default
    vxdDescription = ""
    vxdName = ""
    vxdChqName = ""
    vxdAmount = ""
    vxdAccount = ""
    vxdCategory = ""
    'Turn off the hourglass cursor.
    varC_result = ui_dlg_box("Income record",<<%dlg%
    Entry date:| [%DATE;P=popup.calendar(dtoc(vxdEntryDate));I=popup.calendar%.17vxdEntryDate!vxdEntryDate_*];
    Description:| [%v%.41vxdDescription^+a_vxdDescription];
    Name:| [%@vxdName_rl_def%.45vxdName!change]|{endtab}{notabstops}<20=edit_button_label!EDIT>;
    Cheque name:| [.45vxdChqName];
    Amount:| [%*n%.12vxdAmount!amtchange];
    {region}Paid in:{endregion}|
    Account:| [%v%.30vxdAccount^=a_vxdAccount];
    Category:| [%v%.30vxdCategory^=a_vxdCategory];
    <15=ok_button_label!OK> <15=cancel_button_label!CANCEL>
    if left(a_dlg_button,13) = "vxdEntryDate_" then 
    	if a_dlg_button = "vxdEntryDate_killfocus" then 
    		vxdEntryDate = ctod(dtoc(vxdEntryDate))
    	end if 
    	a_dlg_button = ""
    end if
    ' Each time the Name is changed, look up the cheque name
    if a_dlg_button = "change" then
    ... (and so on)

  • #2
    Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

    My reading says

    vxdName_rl_def = "k=clients,{keylist_build(\"H=.05,1:30[Name],2:34[Cheque name],3:60[Short notes]\",''+Calcflname,left(''+Calcflname,26),left(''+Cheque_name,30),left(''+Shortnotes,70))%.70,10}{}"
    But no experience here.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

      change this line to:
      Name:| [%@vxdName_rl_def%.45,10vxdName!change]|{endtab}{notabstops}<20=edit_button_label!EDIT>;


      • #4
        Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

        Wow, that was quick ! Thanks Stan and G for looking at this.

        Still not there, though ... Stan's change greys out the Name control (no drop-down available), and G's change turns the Name control itself into an edit box 10 lines deep. When you click it to drop down the list, the list itself is still 5.5 lines deep.

        (Screenshots attached)


        • #5
          Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

          A sample database for testing would go a long way. You say "the drop-down list" but there is more than one way to obtain a drop down list.
          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

            Are you trying to modify name? or Cheque name?


            • #7
              Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

              Apologies for not being clear: I'm trying to modify (increase the height of) the list which gets dropped down when you click the drop-down button on the Name field.

              I've attached a sample DB (I hope). To recreate the problem:
              • go into Forms, and open the only form there (Entries_Income)
              • then click the "New" button at the bottom left, to bring up the XDialog which I'm having trouble with
              • now click the drop-down button in the Name field.

              This displays a list with three columns (Name, Cheque name and Short notes). The list is only 5.5 rows deep, and this is what I'm trying to increase.

              Please do say if I'm still not making sense, or if there is a problem with the sample DB - I do appreciate your help. I've got to go to an appointment now, so will check in later. Many thanks.


              • #8
                Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

                Alpha doesn't like me modifying your example in V8 but I don't see the capability to vertically expand the dropdown list. The width and height of the undropped list can easily be changed. No help there.
                There can be only one.


                • #9
                  Re: XDialog: how to set dropdown height?

                  OK Stan - thanks for having a look. I'm not sure if it can be done.

                  *edit* Looking at an old V6 post, it seems that the height of the dropdown list is related to the font size, but I can't see how to fool it into thinking that it is using a larger font size than it really is. Might give up on this one.
                  Last edited by Bonbon; 04-19-2011, 07:22 PM.