formattedheight and formattedwidth

Bob Sneidar bobs at
Mon Jun 27 17:07:37 EDT 2011

Another way to do this is to have an object like a graphic on each card the size you want the card to be. You could put a handler in the object so that right clicking on it popped a menu, allowing you to select some pre-set sizes for the card, or make a custom size. Once selected, the graphic object could be sized appropriately, and then you could set the stack size to the formatted height and formatted width. The object size itself would be the "remembering". 

If you already have a graphic object for your background pattern all the better. To prevent end users of your app (if there will be some) from doing the same thing, make a stack script that sets a property for devmode or something, and set it to false before compiling your stack. Check the value of the property before allowing the right-click to pop the menu. 

I think that is how I would do it. 


On Jun 27, 2011, at 9:15 AM, Pete wrote:

> I am changing the stack size.  Each card in the stack in question needs to
> have a different height and width dimension in order for all its controls to
> be visible and, as you rightly point out, that has to be done by setting the
> height and width properties of the stack, not the card.
> I had initially inserted lines of code in the preOpenCard handler for each
> individual card that set the height and width of the stack to specific
> numbers.  But if I changed the design of the card or added a new card, I had
> to change those numbers or remember to set the stack height and width so I
> started looking for a generic method which I could put in the stack script
> and I'd never have to worry about changing it again.
> The formattedheight and formattedwidth properties ended up being the way to
> do it, suitably adjusted to account for margins on each side of the card.
> The code I now use is:
> set the height of this stack to the formattedheight of this card + 20
> set the width of this stack to he formattedwidth of this card + 20
> That works for any card in the stack as long as I make sure that the top let
> control is positioned 10 pixels from the top and 10 pixels from the left
> edge.
> Hope that clears up the confusion.
> Pete
> Molly's Revenge <>
> On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 7:27 AM, Richard Gaskin
> <ambassador at>wrote:
>> Pete wrote:
>> OK I see what you mean about the formatted versions of height/width.  The
>>> straight height and width properties don't seem to come anywhere close to
>>> working even allowing for menu bar issues (I'm on OS X). They set the
>>> height/width to what they were for the previous card opened in the stack,
>>> not the current card.
>> This thread confuses me, since the height and width properties of a card
>> object cannot be set at all.
>> A card is merely a container for controls inside the stack, allowing
>> multiple sets of controls within a given window.  But the card always fills
>> the stack, so changing the size of the stack will change the size of the
>> card, but the size of the card itself cannot be set independently. Indeed,
>> if it could what would happen to the area beyond the edges of a card which
>> is smaller than the window displaying it?
>> AFAIK, there's only one exception to the general rule that the card size
>> will always be the same as the stack size:  if the stack has a menubar
>> defined, its editMenus property is false (the default), and it's currently
>> running under OS X.
>> Since OS X has a global menu bar, the stack's menubar is scrolled out of
>> view and the size of the stack is automatically cropped by the height of the
>> menubar group.
>> In that case, the height of the card will be the stack height + the height
>> of the menubar group, and the card width will remain the same as the stack's
>> width.
>> Aside from that one set of circumstances on OS X, the card size should
>> always reflect the stack size, and even on OS X with a menubar the stack
>> size still governs the card size, the only difference being the height of
>> the menubar group.
>> So if you want to change the size of the window, just change the size of
>> the stack.
>> If you don't want to change the size of the window, what is the goal of
>> attempting to change the card size?
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