Click Table (Jim Ault)

Jim Ault JimAultWins at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 23 14:00:46 EST 2007


The key here is 
> But a table field would (if it worked) be much better.
It is a question of field management, or cells within a table.  The Rev
table object is very difficult to manipulate and get a decent user
experience.

You mentioned column resizing, which would mean tab stop management in a
table object, or padding with spaces in a single field and you said
> (did it in hypercard all the time by aligning the report and getting
> the clickword, then checking for a sign).
In my opinion, this would be better than trying to use the current table
object.

My attempts to use it have been far from what I would want to use, let alone
put in front of a user.  Data in cells can appear partially hidden, over the
top of other cells, etc.

Perhaps you should give it a go and see what you think.  You might find that
you like the table object and it does what you want.

Someone else may have a different answer and perhaps an example stack of the
code loops they use to control the table object.

Jim Ault
Las Vegas

On 2/23/07 7:47 AM, "John Runde" <runde at uwplatt.edu> wrote:

> Thanks for your reply, Jim.
> 
> I also may not have explained what I need very well.
> 
> All i want to do is have a table where i can click on an item
> and identify the line & item# that was clicked on, and can drill down
> for the user for the details on that item.
> 
> For example, a monthly financial report:
> 
> Column 1 (item 1) would hav categories (of revenue...say)
> Row 1 (line 1) would have the months of the  year, starting with
> column 2... 12 months (Jan, Feb....Dec)
> 
> (you can see that line 1, item 1 would not be used)
> 
> I would then fill that grid with the summary of revenue data for the
> monthly report
> User wants to see why category "Misc Revenue" was so high in July,
> Misc Revenue is line 10, July is column 8 (item 8)
> He/she clicks on that number.
> click populates cell 1,1 with "10,8"
> I then have code that goes puts the category (item 1 of line 10) into
> "theCategory"
>     and the month (item 8 of line 1) into "theMonth"
> code then goes to the source document and finds all the entries for
> theCategory that originated in month theMonth
> I then pop up a stub stack and populate it with those transactions.
> 
> Real simple.  I can't believe it is as hard as it is, unless I am
> missing something.
> (did it in hypercard all the time by aligning the report and getting
> the clickword, then checking for a sign).
> But a table field would (if it worked) be much better.
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> john
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