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    I need to create a script that will get the text from any one of 20 buttons on a form that has been clicked... I need to perform subsequent actions, using the text from the button label. I don't want to create 20 separate scripts, just one script that will determine the text of the button that was clicked by the user. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance...
    :cool: Rich Kerr

  • #2
    RE: Which button is clicked


    Normally I would tell you to add an action script to the button's On Push event and assign the Text Property Value to a variable. Unfortunately when I tried this I received an error message. I reported is as a bug.

    In the meantime, you might want to consider using list of items in an Xdialog box. Check out Branching Examples in the help file.

    Jerry Gray


    • #3
      RE: Which button is clicked

      Hi Jerry!

      Thanks for the follow up. My problem is, the buttons on my form have their text (Label) set dynamically. The text for button one may be different tomorrow or the next day, based on data in a table. When the user clicks on a button, then subsequent actions are performed....

      If the buttons labels were always the same, this would be far more simple! I tried to use a this.text reference to get the string of the button text, but it didn't work. I think I need to use that EVAL function to have it evaluate this.text as a string, but not sure...

      Thanks for your input! Please let me know if you have any other ideas...

      Rich Kerr
      :cool: Rich Kerr


      • #4
        RE: Which button is clicked


        Create a new action for the Button's ON PRESS event. You can create it in xbasic:

        'Get properties of 'Button1' in Form 'App_Employment' .
        DIM GLOBAL Button_01_Says AS c
        Button_01_Says = topparent:Button1.text

        Depending on what you are doing, you may need to create a variable for each button's text. I added the "01" in case this is what you need.

        It won't matter if the text of the button is set dynamically, it will use whatever the text is set to at the time the button is pressed.

        Good Luck,
        Jerry Gray


        • #5
          RE: Which button is clicked


          Make sure you move the action to the top of the list. This will ensure that the text that is returned reflects what the text was when the button was pressed. If the actions of the button press change the text of the button, you would get the new value if the action was at the bottom of the list.

          Jerry Gray


          • #6
            RE: Which button is clicked

            I'm not sure which event fires the subsequent actions to which you refer but this script will get and display the object name and ".text" of the currently active object and the previous active object. The sctipt is not limited to buttons so activating a field is the same as pression a button to the script. May have the seeds of what you want.....

            active_obj = topparent.Active_Drilldown()
            label = eval(topparent.Active_Drilldown()+".text")

            prev_active_obj = topparent.ACTIVEPREVDRILLDOWN()
            prev_label = eval(topparent.ACTIVEPREVDRILLDOWN()+".text")
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              RE: Which button is clicked

              Stan & Jerry:

              You both have provided great feedback. While both methods would give me the label of the object, Stan your method does exactly what I am looking for, because I am trying to avoid having to refer to the specific name of the object. I need the active button to return it's label... this is perfect!!! Now I don't have to re-write the script for buttons 1 - 20... One script can be attached to each button

              Thanks, both of you for your valuable input...

              Rich Kerr
              :cool: Rich Kerr


              • #8
                RE: Which button is clicked


                To simply things even more
                1. In the form, create a session variable called
                2. create a script called 'Store_Button_text' with one line

                Pressed_Button_text = this.text

                Then in each button you simply add

                Now any time a button is pressed, var-"Pressed_Button_text
                contains the text you need


                • #9
                  RE: Which button is clicked

                  Even greater! This is essentially what I have done, using Jerry's input as a starting point...

                  Thanks a million!!!

                  :cool: Rich Kerr