Re: Forms 4.5 disabled fields

From: Patrick Flahan <>
Date: Wed, 5 May 1999 08:52:10 -0400
Message-ID: <7gpf0q$9je$>

You could try using display items that mirror the data items. You would then have to hide the text fields after the query is performed and then show (set the visible property) the display items (and reverse this process when you enter query mode). The display items and the corresponding text items would be right on top of each other with the same size, font, color, etc so that when you switched them the user never knows the difference.

Hope this helps. Let me know if I didn't explain myself well enough. Patrick Flahan

sam cappello <> wrote in message news:7god30$29g6$
> OK - we've played around with this for a couple of days now, and i'm going
> to call support in the morning.
> Is it possible to have disabled fields in forms 4.5 not display so dim?
> i know this is a strange thing to want to do, and naturally the screens
> fine on my PC, but when our software is being demo'd under less than
> viewing conditions the main complaint is that they can't see the data on
> inquiry (query only) screens.
> The best answer i can come up with is to enable the field but make it not
> navigable, insertable, updateable, etc. my latest idea is to do this in
> referenced when-new-form-instance code in a library so we don't have to
> change all the forms, but i haven't run this idea by the programmers yet
> (yes, i'm a DBA, and not quite sure why got i involved in this yet :) this
> looks OK until the user navigates over with the mouse. A programmer wants
> to disable mouse navigation to solve this problem, but now we are starting
> to talk about 20 or so screens full of display only fields that now need
> hint text and a number of other property changes.
> i've tried changing the windows colors, custom visual attributes of the
> field, font width and weight, foreground and background color, and even
> looked into Oracle Terminal - but couldn't find the gui attribute for
> (disabled) fields there. the ultimate would be a way to do this without
> major changes in all the forms, but i'm open to all suggestions!
> If you have an idea could you also cc: ? i'd
> appreciate it!
> Thanks!
> sam
> --
> Sam Cappello
Received on Wed May 05 1999 - 14:52:10 CEST

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