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  • "Basic Data Entry" Question

    All right, I am using the "Basic Data Entry" form that is located in the Code Forum. Now let's say I have a field that is a variable, not a field in the database, that I want to be able to tab into and put some information in.
    If restrict_change = .T., I can't make any changes to the field. I tried a restrict_change = .F. in the "onarrive" event of the field and then a .T. in the "ondepart" but that didn't seem to change anything. Is there a way that I can do this since I want the restrict change to only be on database fields?
    Thanks in advance,
    Alan Sawyer

  • #2


    You cannot enter data into a field that is a variable.

    TYVM :) kenn

    Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


    • #3
      Basic Data Entry

      If I drag the field to the Basic Data Entry form, run the form, then click on the Edit button, it will allow me to enter data in any of the existing 3 fields + the variable field I created. However I can only do that if I click on the Edit button first.
      There should be a way to have the restriction be on the database fields instead of all the fields, or some way I can get around it.


      • #4

        Put your restrict_change=.f. in the "CanArrive" event.


        • #5

          Thanks, worked like a charm.
          Ain't A5 wonderful..
          I have been able to do more with A5V4.5 in the last month than I have with Delphi and VB in the last 12 months. Now only if V5 would be out this week, then life would be totally really fine.
          Alan Sawyer


          • #6

            Where there is a will, there is a way :)

            Tom Lyon


            • #7

              Now in Beta V5, if I select Modal entry on a test form and add the same field, I can't find a way to make it so I can enter into it consistently. The canarrive and even the onarrive don't appear to work. Now I understand it's a beta but should it work the same or is there another workaround? I am trying to test everything I do in my app I'm writing in V5 because I want to switch to V5 as soon as it's released.