APT-form help needed.. 
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 APT-form help needed..

I have got an APT-form with invisible fields. Is it possible to place other
visible fields on top of these fields , or do I have to have big open spaces ?
A solution could be to place my invisible fields at the bottom of my form,
but that solution isn't a good solution in my case.

Hope somebody has got the answer...:-)

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Tue, 26 Dec 1995 15:02:02 GMT
 APT-form help needed..


Quote:
>I have got an APT-form with invisible fields. Is it possible to place other
>visible fields on top of these fields , or do I have to have big open spaces ?
>A solution could be to place my invisible fields at the bottom of my form,
>but that solution isn't a good solution in my case.

Our general guideline has been to NOT have hidden fields at all. As you've found they
clutter and generally confuse the form itself. According to some sources (I can't lay my
hands on them at this time) hidden fields slow form processing and require more
overhead than performing the same functions within an APT procedure. ANYTHING you
can do with a hidden field you can do in your .fpl files.  

I've worked in APT for some time and cannot even fathom how you would lay visible
fields on top of invisible ones -- but that's just my thoughts.

I know this probably isn't the answer you wanted.....



Tue, 26 Dec 1995 21:23:36 GMT
 APT-form help needed..
It is not possible to overlay fields invisable or not.  I have seen fields
that seem to disappear when placed off the bottom of the form.  I recomend
making the form scroll with wider then the form and put those invisible
fields which do not fit in the blank space of your form.


Quote:
(Per Walstrom) writes:

|> I have got an APT-form with invisible fields. Is it possible to place
|> other
|> visible fields on top of these fields , or do I have to have big open
|> spaces ?
|> A solution could be to place my invisible fields at the bottom of my
|> form,
|> but that solution isn't a good solution in my case.
|>
|> Hope somebody has got the answer...:-)
|>
|>
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|> Per Walstrom                             |
|> The Royal Institute Of Technology        |
|> On assignment at :                       | Fax:    +46 8 719 29 00
|> Ericsson Hewlett-Packard Telecom AB      | e-mail:

|> S-126 25 Stockholm,Sweden                | Phone:  +46 8 719 28 16    
|>
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|> Opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those my employers.
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Tue, 26 Dec 1995 23:53:06 GMT
 APT-form help needed..
|> I have got an APT-form with invisible fields. Is it possible to place other
|> visible fields on top of these fields , or do I have to have big open spaces ?
|> A solution could be to place my invisible fields at the bottom of my form,
|> but that solution isn't a good solution in my case.
|>
|> Hope somebody has got the answer...:-)
|>
|> ============================================================================
|> Per Walstrom                             |
|> The Royal Institute Of Technology        |
|> On assignment at :                       | Fax:    +46 8 719 29 00

|> S-126 25 Stockholm,Sweden                | Phone:  +46 8 719 28 16    
|> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
|> Opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those my employers.
|> ============================================================================
|>

Per,

It is not possible in existing versions of APT to have overlapping
objects.  The absolute best solution to your problem is to not
use invisible fields at all, but rather store the data in local
and global variables (global variables were introduced with version
5.0 of APT).  Not only do they save real estate on your forms,
but are also better for performance.

As an alternative, most customers using invisible fields do what you
mention...put them out of the visible portion of the form, either
off the bottom or off to the right.  With version 5.0 and later,
you can turn off form scrolling if desired (via the charmove form
attribute) if you don't want your users to scroll to seemingly
empty portions of the form.


you want to discuss this further.

Whitney Martin
Technical Specialist, Tools Products
Sybase, Inc.

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Wed, 27 Dec 1995 05:33:42 GMT
 
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