Subject Re: [IBO] Some idea about improvement of IB_Text, need your suggestions
Author Jason Wharton
These are good suggestions. If you will do the work on these I will gladly
merge them in.
But, I am on more pressing things to do any of the work here myself.

Jason Wharton
CPS - Mesa AZ

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Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 2:59 AM
Subject: [IBO] Some idea about improvement of IB_Text, need your suggestions

> Hi, using IB_Text I've discovered that I would need something better,
> since I often use it to show lookup related fields in the main form
> (i.e. I've lookup component working on the article code, and IB_Text
> showing article description, so the user better understands the choice
> when browsing/modifying rows. No, I'm not interested in having the
> description as DisplayField in the LookupCombo, I need a direct search
> by code).
> I would like to enhance IB_Text in a new component, and fix some
> design time issue of IB_Text too.
> IB_Text design time issue is that, if you link it to a open dataset,
> it shows, of course, the field value, but if the field is null, the
> IB_Text is completely empty and you can't find it in the form when is
> not focused! If you close the Dataset you will have the IB_Text name
> shown, so you can find it again, but what about a IB_Text that, at
> design time, shows '<NULL>' instead of a blank caption?
> I want to realize a IB_TextBox that will have:
> - borders for a better looking form design (like TPanel has)
> - a caption to be used when the field is null, so you can set it to
> "not found", "empty", "--- missing ---" or whatever
> - a ColourIfNull (or NullColour?) to set a special colour for
> background when the field is null
> - the possibility to specify more than one field to display, with
> fixed text between them, i.e. CUST_ZIP; ' -- ';CUST_CITY for a "1022 -
> BOSTON" display (btw, is there in IBO a parse function that can divide
> for me the field names from the constant text?)
> I would like to know your opinion and suggestion (functionality,
> property names, etc.), just to direct my efforts in the right
> direction
> Thanks
> Marco Menardi