Filemaker Pro: Are Graphical Searches Possible? 
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 Filemaker Pro: Are Graphical Searches Possible?

This is for a database that is published on the web using the Web
Companion and Filemaker Pro 4.0 for Windows.

I would like my users to be able to search for geometric shapes by
selecting the shape from a pop-up menu.  So, for example, if they were
looking for a Triangle the pop-up would show a triangle and they could
use that, as well as several other (text) fields to conduct a search.  I
would also like the output of any searches to contain images of these
geometric shapes.  (All of these graphics would be icon-size).

Does anyone know how to do this with filemaker?  I wasn't sure how to
get graphical images in pop-ups using HTML, So I've only tried to get
the search results to display the graphical images based on a text
search (ie) using the word Triangle as a search term and then displaying
a triangle (a small scanned BMP) in the results.  No go.  It doesn't
display the graphics. Any suggestions on this first small step?

Thanks.

RG.



Thu, 08 Mar 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Filemaker Pro: Are Graphical Searches Possible?

Quote:

> This is for a database that is published on the web using the Web
> Companion and Filemaker Pro 4.0 for Windows.

> I would like my users to be able to search for geometric shapes by
> selecting the shape from a pop-up menu.  So, for example, if they were
> looking for a Triangle the pop-up would show a triangle and they could
> use that, as well as several other (text) fields to conduct a search.  I
> would also like the output of any searches to contain images of these
> geometric shapes.  (All of these graphics would be icon-size).

> Does anyone know how to do this with filemaker?  I wasn't sure how to
> get graphical images in pop-ups using HTML, So I've only tried to get
> the search results to display the graphical images based on a text
> search (ie) using the word Triangle as a search term and then displaying
> a triangle (a small scanned BMP) in the results.  No go.  It doesn't
> display the graphics. Any suggestions on this first small step?

Robin:
You cannot use actual geometrics in popups, nor can you search in
container fields in FM. I know...I just tried. ;)

However, you CAN format your fields to display text in a geometric shape
font...Dingbats or a font called "Shapes" should do it, as long as your
users have that font installed.

Create a database to hold the possible shapes, with a text field on each
record. Populate the database with all the possible shapes.  In the main
DB, create a value list based on that text field, and then you can
structure pulldowns to specify the shapes on each record, and you can
search on them in the Main DB.

Alternatively, you could store your geometrics in global containers,
make scripts to paste them into each record, and  create some hairy
calculations to recognize which rep of the global was used and store a
number alongside the shape...then you could search on the number...but
if anyone ever changed any of the shapes, all previous specifications
could be invalidated.  I'd go with the fonts, personally, as long as you
have control over the fonts installed on the user machines. :)

Lynn Allen
Allen & Allen Semiotics         FSA Member - Filemaker Pro Consulting
http://www.semiotics.com        Web & Graphic Design



Thu, 08 Mar 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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