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I haven't used a grid in a Maintain program in a long while. (HTML tables and edit boxes)

My impression of them from long ago is that they were a bear to control, requiring tons of special handling and poorly documented methods and properties.

Has this changed ?

I am currently looking at an application in 7.6.4 that might require a grid, but I hesitate to proceed with a grid with my old presumptions.

Any help on what can now be done with them and possible difficulties ?

TIA,

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Dave

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Dave,

the good thing about grids is that it's a little bit better documented these days. The bad thing is, since it's an ActiveX control, you have to rely on Bill. You can't use use Firefox. If that's not a problem, give it a go.

Rgds
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Dave
In itself, the grid is not a hard object to use. You do need to make sure that the active-x control can be seen by all of your users and that there is no security issues. There are SO many things that you can do with the grid that sometimes the coding can become complex. I have used it numerous times and have created many tips and techniques that I hope are helpful.

On the other hand, the HTMLTable is very simple to use, but is primarily for display. However, using some simple HTML coding techniques things like drop down boxes, radio groups and input fields can be encorporated into the HTMLTable making it an input object as well.

There is no cut and dried answer. It really depends on your needs.

Mark
 
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Security is the issue, are ActiveX objects allowed int your environment.

Many companies have policies that disable the use of ActiveX.


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Since my requirements also disallow active-x controls but do include a type of grid approach, I have used the HTMTable object with html-content in the cells (as Mark already indicated). This really works fine and it gives the user a type of interfacing that is easier for them to understand then the grid apporach. In your maintain code there are simple methods to retrieve the html-content values from the htmtable object, which indeed makes the html object a truly sophisticated input object.


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Perhaps someone will come up with a flash or flex version of the Grid object ?


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Are there any code examples anywhere that demonstrate using editboxes in an HTMLTable rather than using the Grid control? I know to make the HTMLTable cells contain HTML content rather than text but how are people implementing them in Maintain and/or Javascript code? Do I need to use a separate stack for the HTMLTable to hold the HTML editboxes and use Javascript to get any values entered in those editboxes to move those values to/from a data stack or can it be done all in Maintain code? I'm going to play with this some today but any example code (for editboxes specifically) would be greatly appreciated. I did see the "MAINTAIN Summit 2007 HTML Lab Follow up" post here and the "GetHTMLField" method. Is there any more info on "GetHTMLField"? I don't see anything in any of the Maintain documentation that comes with Dev Studio.

Thanks,
James


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Hi J
I did a Summit lab a couple of years ago that does a step by step instruction of adding objects to the HTMLTable, and retrieving them. I will e-mail you the presentation. Just send me your e-mail.

Mark_Derwin@ibi.com

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Mark, mind sending me a copy of it as well? Thanks, Ira


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