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#52008 by Jaymer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:31 pm
I'd like to know how others have solved this issue.
Examine the following 3 screen shots of a simple form.
On a New or Edit form, you can see the reference combo for Facility & Contact.
ISSUE --> How to implement a drill down (or pop-up, really) to the master table to see more info.
Sure, I can control the Combo to make a custom layout to show more data when picking a selection, but after leaving the field the custom layout drops away and you're left with whatever fields you can reasonably show in the combo.
But what if I just need the Zip Code of the Facility, or the Contact's Login Name - uncommon fields that won't be in a dropdown list.
I need a simple way to zoom (a Magic term) on the Combo Box to execute some action - in this case, a Popup Form showing the Facility or Contact.

Here's the full-size single column form:
combo1.png (40.33 KiB) Viewed 309 times

And what it looks like in the Designer:
combo2.png (25.1 KiB) Viewed 309 times

Runtime View - where I'd like to improve and have a drill down capability
combo3.png (9.22 KiB) Viewed 309 times
Last edited by Jaymer on Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:37 pm, edited 2 times in total.
#52009 by Jaymer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:31 pm
I mentioned in another thread that you CAN do this if you take time to make this a 5-column form - which complicates lots of things.
On this specific line, you'd have something like this:
cols5_1.png (16.76 KiB) Viewed 309 times

You wouldn't think this takes much effort - but dealing with columns isn't straighforward.
This took 60+ seconds and still didn't look right:
col5s_2.png (27 KiB) Viewed 309 times

I was using column widths: (in %) 32 2 32 2 32 = 100%

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Last edited by Jaymer on Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.
#52010 by Jaymer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:32 pm
I kinda got this to look right in the Designer - and had to change my column widths. Using the new ability in 8.3, I manually resized (by dragging) the columns and got my "Icon" (which is a button using a Icon, and NO Text on the button) to move over near the end of the field. Looks good:
cols5_4.png (15.66 KiB) Viewed 309 times

Until runtime:
cols5_5.png (18.1 KiB) Viewed 309 times

is more for the programmer.
You can inject some Javascript and show an icon after ANY field on a form. And attach a Aware call to a click on that event. This would alleviate the HTML cells and extra columns. Its more complex in a way, but probably easier to do and replicate since you don't have to change your forms.
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#52011 by Jaymer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:32 pm
Truthfully, I've spent enough time monkeying with this.
I'm Above Average, and there's NO WAY an Average person using Aware is going to get this figured out. I'm not sure how much more it will take to solve this. If I absolutely needed to, I'd push forward and do so, but I'm not.

I'm close to Image # 3 in the top post, but not close enough.

AND THATS THE POINT of this post - the Combo box needs to be improved -- UNLESS I'm the only one who needs this functionality -- which is why I asked at the beginning to see how others solve this.

I think a simple solution is this: (you need to scroll the image)
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