Selecting text in single-line entry fields - small UI issue

Roland Huettmann roland.huettmann at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 05:45:49 EST 2016


Question: textcolor when text is selected

It is possible to set the textcolor when the text is hilited? I could not
find a way doing this.

Roland



On 29 January 2016 at 10:21, Roland Huettmann <roland.huettmann at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Paul, yes, autohilite does it. ) But nevertheless, to perform some action,
> I need a trigger while tabbing.
>
> I am using LC 7.1, Windows 8.1
>
> The actual question was another one:
>
> The text is highlighted - yes - in both cases.
>
> But the single-line field rectangle is not, just the text itself.
>
> I would like to have the visual effect showing a fully highlighted field
> (not the text itself) where the text is visible and selected - and ideally
> the color showing is set apart more than just 1 pixel from the border of
> the field boundaries.
>
> This simply looks better than a chunk of text being selected.
>
> This can somehow be done tabbing into the field and then setting the
> backgroundcolor of field.
>
> But setting the backgroundcolor to the hilitecolor will make the text
> chunk disappear.
>
> Example:
>
> // The text chunk only appears when tabbing out or deselecting it. Setting
> the hilitecolor to empty does not make a difference. //
>
> on tabkey
>    set the hilitecolor of field "Test1" to blue
>    set the backgroundcolor of field "Test1" to the hilitecolor of field
> "Test1"
>    select the text of field "Test1" // The text DISAPPEARS
> end tabkey
>
> One way of achieving the desired effect is with a trick:
>
> Set the actual field to be transparent. Put a graphic or another control
> (field..) behind. Selecting the text of the transparent field will change
> the color of the control behind it and the visual effect will be as desired
> if the hilitecolor is set to the same color as the backgroundcolor in the
> control behind.
>
> But of course - this is not something I would like to do for all my
> fields. )
>
> Roland
>
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> On 28 January 2016 at 22:26, Paul Hibbert <paul at livecode.org> wrote:
>
>> On Jan 28, 2016, at 4:07 AM, Roland Huettmann <roland.huettmann at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Maybe I am missing something, but I need to script this with "on
>> > tabkey"-event handlers, "on textchanged" handlers, " on deletekey"
>> handlers
>> > and go with "select the text of..." or "select line 1 of...". Otherwise
>> the
>> > cursor is always placed behind the text - and I do not want that except
>> for
>> > multi-line fields. Could there not be a built-in attribute how selection
>> > should occur?
>>
>> Check the autoTab property in the inspector, or if you want to set it by
>> script…
>>
>> set the autoTab of field “myField" to true
>>
>> I’m not seeing any issue with text changing colour when selected, but you
>> didn’t say which version of Livecode or which platform you are seeing this
>> on, this info may help track down the problem.
>>
>> Paul
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