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    INFO: Layout name length

    I just found out something (the hard way, of course) that might help some others...

    The allowable length of a layout name (report, form, letter, label) is 24 BUT if you copy and paste that layout, it will be chopped to 23. So, there are two choices: (1) be aware of this and add that last letter back in when copying, (2) restrict your names to 23 characters.

    I found this after copying some modified reports to my customer's application. Unfortunately, I didn't find the problem until after I tried to demonstrate the new "improvements" in the report and my scripts could no longer find the report name. (Before you jump on me about copying the whole data dictionary, that wasn't an option because they have someone in-house who also modifies reports - not something I like or encourage - and we've had problems in the past when I replaced the whole dictionary thus removing his changes.)

    RE: INFO: Layout name length


    I ran into this a while back, but I am still stubborn and use one report with 24 characters. I learned to always check the results of any copy operation and verify the correct name, etc. In my case, it was easier to check the report name, then open and resave with the correct name, than it was to go through the scripts and fix the names there.

    By the way, this has been fixed for A5V5. It seems to copy with all 24 characters in the name intact.



      RE: INFO: Layout name length


      I've never run into this problem because I never used all 24 characters for the name of a form. As I had various working forms in progress, I would always take a base name and add a letter to it, as in FormNameA, FormNameB etc. When I got the form to where I wanted it, I would copy that to FormName.

      The reason for not using numbers is that if the form is opened twice, A5 assigns an Alias name to it that has the name of the form followed by a number. This might conflict with the working FormNames.

      Old forms I usually name with the letter z at the beginning, indicating they are old and putting them down at the bottom. If I need some object/code from them, I still have them until I'm ready to delete them, at which point they are easy to find.

      Nevertheless, a good warning.


      Ira J. Perlow
      Computer Systems Design & Associates
      [email protected]

      Ira J. Perlow
      Computer Systems Design

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