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    When trying to go to the next field I get the following massage: "Extra characters at end of expression". When this is happening I also get a symbol with a form and a pen in the first box in the lower left corner. I have tried to clear the field, restructure it and change the width. This means I cannot even close AlphaFive (4.5). Can anyone please help?

  • #2
    RE: Exclamation mark in form

    Jan, it may be that you have a field rule in your table that is misbehaving. I'd examine the rules defined for the field you 'leave' when the error message appears.

    Otherwise, it's likely that you have a scripting error in an event script that fires when you 'leave' the same field in your form.

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: Exclamation mark in form

      Also, the little pad and pen (in the leftmost of the three little boxes at lower left of your form) signify that the form has gone into 'change' mode.

      -- tom


      • #4
        RE: Exclamation mark in form

        Thank you Tom, unfortunately the problem persists. I have not imposed any field rules so I don�t know what to examine. Also the same thing happens in any field I try to make changes to. The little pad and pen appears immediately. I will try to attach a file if you would have the trouble.
        Thanks in advance


        • #5
          RE: Exclamation mark in form

          Jan Mark,

          1. For starters is appears that your set structure is in a different directory than your data files - not good!

          2. Your set files were not uploaded.

          3. Nothing wrong with the table files that I can see.

          AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

          [email protected]


          • #6
            RE: Exclamation mark in form

            Peter, thanks for answer. I am quite sure all the different files are saved in the same directory. I try to work directly in the "set" and in the default form from that set and keep getting the same effect: "Extra characters at end of expression". Is there a difference between working in the set and in the form? This time I have downloaded the set files also.


            • #7
              RE: Exclamation mark in form


              I unzipped the attachment you posted. The 'default' form for each of the two tables, and for the single set, work just fine.

              I then opened your form and ran into the 'Extra characters at end of expression' message which you describe. Happens each time I try to move to a new field after having entered or changed data in a previous field.

              My guess is that the name you used for this form is causing Alpha Five a problem. Your form name includes several non-English characters and that may be what's causing the difficulty.

              When I create a new form (based on the same set) and do not use any non-English characters in the form name, I can enter data into the set without difficulty.

              Incidentally, I also experimented with the name of your set, since it includes similar non-English characters. However, they don't seem to be causing the problem. It's the name of the form, not the name of the set which seems to be the issue.

              -- tom


              • #8
                RE: Exclamation mark in form

                Thanks Tom, you are right. The use of swedish characters when naming my form gave me the trouble. I will have to remember this in the future. However I am still not sure of the difference between the forms under the "Tables/Sets tab and the Forms tab. I can use Design, Browse and Form views and add records in either? Do I have to make a form under the Forms tab?


                • #9
                  RE: Exclamation mark in form

                  Jan, the Tables and Sets tab of the control panel presents icons representing each table or set in your database. Here is where you create new tables or define new sets. Here is where you 'add' existing tables to your database. If you click on the icon for a table or set you have the option to open the 'default' form or the 'default browse' corresponding to the selected table or set.

                  The Forms tab of the control panel presents icons representing custom forms (layouts) which you create and save. Right click anywhere in white space on this tab page, and you can select 'new' to begin the process of defining (creating) a new form. Each layout (form) must be based upon a particular table or a particular set, which you specify. Then, depending upon your needs, you add controls and fields to suit. In your case it seems that you selected the option to begin with the default form itself, then you saved it using a new form name, which contained the characters that Alpha Five had trouble with.

                  -- tom


                  • #10
                    RE: Exclamation mark in form

                    Tom, thank you for help and a clear explanation to a newbie