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    Hi folks,

    I have a form with 8 tabs on with a browse on each and the first field of the browse is a table lookup. I need to stop a tab being selected if its lookup is empty.
    I know that tabs have canchangetab action scripts but how would I tell A5 to not allow entry if lookup empty as lookup is set on 1st item in browse?
    Thanks for any ideas(much appreciated)
    Mike

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    RE: Stop Tab When...

    I made it a rule, about two years ago, to never never never have either the first or last field on a form or embedded browse be a lookup field. It caused me nothing but problems.
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      RE: Stop Tab When...

      Martin,

      I am interested to read about your experience. I do use a field in an embedded browse (on a tabbed object,yet)which has a lookup but I do not have it set to automatically pop up. Is that what is saving me?

      What sort of problems do you get?

      Bill
      Bill Hanigsberg

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      • #4
        RE: Stop Tab When...

        Hi guys,

        The fact that the 1st field is a lookup is not a problem - or hasn't been so far (fingers crossed) its just that I have no idea how to script it to check if a FIELD RULE LOOKUP is blank or not so I can then say dont change tab if empty.

        Any ideas

        Mike

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          RE: Stop Tab When...

          Mike,
          I could be wrong here, but I don't think there is a canttabchange event. That is probably what it would take to easily disallow the entry to a tabbed screen based upon zero records in a particular table. That being said, you might be able to do a check on whether or not a table has any records ( based on the parent ) and put a read only property to that field that has a lookup field rule. If you are using what many do, a hidden object to advance to the next tab, you could code it to skip a tab because it has no valid records in a particular table. This might slow down navigation, records_get(), but basically do what you want. Unless you code the entire form with variables, I don't think you'll achieve exactly what you want,but you may come close.
          John

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          • #6
            RE: Stop Tab When...

            John,

            Thanks for the reply, there is a CANTABCHANGE event on a tabbed item which I have used before (V4.5 build 266) to say if a field is blank dont change tabs.

            But I am not sure what the script would be to check a lookup is blank or not (the lookup is based on field rules with a filter).

            Thanks
            Mike

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            • #7
              RE: Stop Tab When...

              Mike,

              There are two different ways to check if a filtered group of records includes any entries. If the number of different lookups are small, you can create an index for each different filtered lookup. It the number of lookups is large or is based on a variable or a value that may be unique, you can create a query. In either case, you can then use .reocrds_get() to determine is any records fit the criteria. As an example, if the lookup uses an index called "lookup1" and the lookup table is called "myfile", this would work.

              dim recs as n

              tbl = table.open("myfile")

              idx_org = tbl.index_primary_get() ' Need this to reset the index back to current

              idx = tbl.index_primary_put("lookup1") ' you could but a query here and assign the idx pointer to the query. i.e. idx = tbl.query.create()

              recs = idx.records_get()
              tbl.index_primary_put(idx_org)
              tbl.close()

              if recs = 0
              ui_msg_box("Lookup","No records found")
              ' Whatever you want to do if lookup is blank
              end if

              Jerry

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              • #8
                RE: Stop Tab When...

                Thank you Jerry,

                Thats just the pointers I need to solve my problem.

                Thankyou for your time and effort.

                Mike

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