Problems with XP & custom properties, and printing

Ray Bennett smilingeyes at mac.com
Fri Dec 19 11:51:19 EST 2003


Hi David,
We do most of our product testing on XP.  I can offer that we do a lot 
of pretty funky things, including dynamically loading pulldowns/pop-ups 
and it works fine for us on XP/98/95/ME.

These thoughts may be of no help, but I'll pass them on for your 
consideration:

A difference I note is that we always say:
     set the text of button "fred" to myText
  rather than
     put myText into button "fred"

I don't know if this matters, since your stuff works on some platforms 
- but it may be worth a shot.  We went to this approach because we had 
some problems with consistency in the early days.  This seems to have 
fixed them.

The "?" in an object name scares me, especially since Rev is so adept 
with regular expressions.  Again, it seems to handle it for you fine, 
but just looks like trouble.

For most of our printing, we check the platform and if its "Win32", we 
set the formatforprinting property to true before the print call, then 
back to false afterward.   Note that for some of your stacks this 
actually may cause problems (read "unexpected results"), but generally 
gets the text to behave itself.

Finally, it may have something to do with the global.  You could set a 
custom property on your app stack rather than use a global and it may 
work more effectively.

Hope this is of some value.  If you want me to beat on it for you on an 
XP box (XP Home), drop me a line off list and I'll be glad to give it a 
look.

Ray

On Friday, December 19, 2003, at 03:10 AM, DVGlasgow at aol.com wrote:

> Hello folks,
>
>
>
>  Its a very long time since my last post. (Forgive me Father....?)
>
>
>
> The reason is that I have discovered that writing software is
>
> not the hardest bit...the real headache is installation and support.
>
> OK,  OK, so that is common knowledge, but it has come as a bit of
> a shock to me, I can tell you.
>
>
> I have customers who have problems running under XP,
>
> and I have just managed to replicate at least the main problem.  The 
> odd
>
> thing is that I wouldn't have thought there were any OS
>
> issues in what I am doing.  The situation is this:
>
>
> I have an encrypted 'users' stack that contains the name of
>
> authorised users stored in a custom property 'cusers'. This
>
> is stored in a folder within the same folder as the
>
> standalone. When my standalone launches, a preopenstack
>
> handler opens the users stack (invisible) and puts cusers
>
> into gusers, a global.
>
>   set the loc of this stack to the screenloc
>   set the dontUseQt to true
>   go  invisible stack "users/users.rev"
>   put the cusers of field listem into gusers
>   end preopenstack
>
>
> In the openstack handler, gusers is put into an authorised
> users pop-up.  If the authorised users
>
> popup is empty, the buttons on the main screen are disabled.
>
> If there are users present, the buttons are enabled.
>
>     if gusers is not empty
>     then
>       put "Licensed user?" & return & gusers into button "licensed 
> user?" of
> this stack
>       set the label of button "licensed user?" to the short name of 
> button
> "licensed user?"
>     else
>       put "Licensed user?" into button "licensed user?" of this stack
>     end if
>
>
>
> This works under OS9, Win 95 and 2000 (which I have easy
>
> access to), but not XP (which I don't).  Under XP the
>
> standalone launches, but no user names are put into the pop
>
> up, so the navigation buttons remain disabled.
>
> Under XP Home, numbers appear instead of the names as described in
> this report from a customer:
>
> Snip
> Just a quick note to let you know that in Windows XP Home edition, I 
> get a
>
> choice of 1,2,3,4 as users rather than my name.  I am able to conduct 
> an
>
> assessment; however, I am also unable to print the results (printer is 
> a
>
> Canon).  At my machine at the SAFE-T Program, we have Windows NT, and
>
> although my name comes up as the authorized user, we are also unable to
>
> print any of the results (HP).  I have tried it on my laptop (Windows 
> ME)
>
> and my name appears as the authorized user; however, still unable to 
> print
>
> (Canon).
> Snip
>
> Now the 1 2 3 4 bit suggests that XP home deals with this in a 
> different way
> to XP.
> *Something* is obtained from the custom properties, but not the custom 
> pro-
> perties themselves.
>
> Debugging this will mean borrowing machines and installing Rev on them,
>
> so I thought it was worth a post in case the gurus know what
>
> is going on.
>
> I am also disheartened by the printing problems - any advice on getting
> to the bottom of these? Printing seems to be fine on the combination 
> of OS
> and printers I have tested (admittedly limited, but covering main 
> options).
>
>
> Best wishes,
>
> David Glasgow
>
> Forensic Clinical Psychology Services & Software  <A
> HREF="http://members.aol.com/dvglasgow/i-psych/i_Psych.htm">i-Psych</A>
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