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  • Buttons and Forms

    Please refer to the attached questions and scripts files. They are text files. I hope they can be accessed by this forum.

  • #2
    RE: Buttons and Forms

    I think I messed up. Hope the attached files work this time.


    • #3
      RE: Buttons and Forms

      In your first question you want to open your form in read only (view) mode, and then go to 'change' mode by doubleclicking on a field.

      Alpha five vers 4 permits you to make the fields in the form (and the form itself if you wish) 'read only', by restricting changes, deletes, or enters.

      You might benefit from studying Dr. Wayne's article: "Turning Off Modeless Data Entry in Versions 3 and 4" at his website: www.learn

      If I recall correctly, he illustrates one way to approximate what you are after.

      -- tom


      • #4
        RE: Buttons and Forms

        In your 3rd question you ask whether it's possible to return to 'view' mode from 'change' mode by hitting the ESC key.

        I suppose you might be able to write an onKey script which changes the properties of the form so that changes, enters and deletes are restricted.

        In my own work if I first present the user with a form that cannot be edited, I give them a button to change it, a button to delete it, a button to enter new one.

        These lead to different forms which are used to do the data entry. These forms must be closed with a save or cancel button. If it's save, then as the form is closed, the first form reappears and it's still in 'view' mode. If it's cancel, the same thing happens.

        In other cases, when the form is first presented it comes up in 'change' mode, and I never put it back in 'view' mode.

        Hope this helps.

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: Buttons and Forms

          Gary, in your second question you present an onKey script in which you trap 'C' and then remove the restrict_change property on your form so the user can edit the fields. Your script includes .activate() statements for each field on the form. You want to know how to avoid having the focus move to the first field on the form. The focus is moving because you are activating each field. This is not necessary. These activate statements are not needed to go into 'change' mode, setting the restrict_change property to false is all that's needed.

          I'd try commenting out all the .activate() statements. Then see how the form behaves. I don't believe the focus will move off the field which had focus when the C was pressed, and I think data entry can begin there. If you find that the focus does, in fact, still move to the first field, then you will need to modify your onKey script to return focus to the current field after the restrict_change property is modified for the form. We can help with this if you need it.

          Let us know how things turn out.

          -- tom