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  • quick finds in lookup tables

    I want to add the ability for users to "jump" to a item on a lookup table by just typing the first character of what they think an item is called. I've searched here and looked at Dan Mass's article on "Intelligent Lookups" & Dr. Wayne's article on "Self-Filling Lookup Fields" at the LearnAlpha site but they're not quite what my customer wants. Dan's req's adding another column to the embedded browse where the lookup is done & our space is too tight already (I'm also intimidated by the scripting) and Dr. Wayne's appears to keep the user working in the field in the embedded browse table but my customers want to be able to work from the lookup table (some are very long and there's not always been a consistent method for filling in the descriptions of each line item so they're convinced that having the lookup table popup into view is best).

    I've attached a sample set that uses a lookup table (specifically, a table of printer services and rates) that popups when you get to the "Oper id:" field in the default form of the Press_Costs table. Currently, you have to scroll thru the list of line items which is quite long in the working app that this sample is taken from. My customers would like to be able to just start typing the first several characters and have the selection bar "jump" down to the line item that is spelled that way.

    I demo'ed them 2 commercial products that has something like this type of "jumping" and they prefer the 2nd of the 2 choices as described below.
    - In the Palm desktop (V 4) if you're in the address book and type in a "b" the selection bar jumps down to the first listing starting with a "b." If you follow it with any other character nothing happens and the sel. bar stays on that first selection beginning with "b";
    - In the PIM "Time & Choas" the first key stroke has the same result as above but when you key in a 2nd character (eg, "i") it jumps again to the first listing starting with "bi...", etc. This is the preferred kind of lookup.

    Can this be done in A5V4.5 and, if so, how? W/O extensive scripting if possible??

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    RE: quick finds in lookup tables

    Bill, it sounds to me as though you'll have to abandon to table lookup field rule, and create a second form that contains the lookup table in browse mode. This second form gets called from an event on your primary form, so that it opens up at the desired time.

    Put a field on that form to get the input from the user, and modify Dan's script to do a series of finds as the user types characters in the input field.

    -- tom


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      RE: quick finds in lookup tables

      One of the things you might try that is not exactly what you want, but closer, is only have the lookup popup on a mismatch. Have the lookup sorted by let's say name. When you get to the field, type in the first few characters of the name and then enter. The lookup should popup and start at those names. While you're in the lookup there is also a find option.
      If your customer will only be satisfied with what you described, read Peter's article again, and use some variation of it. He has done all the hard work.