How Can The User Edit Field Content in a Data Grid Form?
The data grid commands for creating an editor for a particular field in a row template. This lesson will show you how to use them.
What You Need to Know
In order to edit field contents in a data grid form you need to know about the following:
1) The EditFieldText command
2) The EditValue message
3) The EditKey and EditKeyOfIndex commands
Read up on the entries for EditFieldText, EditValue and EditKey/EditKeyOfIndex in the API documentation.
The EditFieldText command will create an editor for a field that you specify. You can use this command to create a field editor for a field in your row template.
EditValue is the message that is sent to a row when a request to edit a fields contents has been made. You can call EditFieldText from within this message to begin an editing operation.
EditKey and EditKeyOfIndex
EditKey and EditKeyOfIndex will trigger the EditValue message in a row. Each takes the name of the key you want to edit and the line or index you want to edit. Here are two example scripts showing how you could use these commands in the script of a data grid.
## Placed in script of row template behavior on mouseDown pBtnNum if pBtnNum is 1 then ## Did the user click on the FirstName field? if the short name of the target is "FirstName" then put "FirstName" into theKey put the dgHilitedLine of me into theLineNo EditKey theKey, theLineNo end if end if end mouseDown
on mouseDown pBtnNum if pBtnNum is 1 then ## Did the user click on the FirstName field? if the short name of the target is "FirstName" then put "FirstName" into theKey put the dgHilitedIndex of me into theIndex EditKeyOfIndex theKey, theIndex end if end if end mouseDown
Either of the above calls will trigger the EditValue message. The EditValue can be thought of as a central message where you can open a field for editing text. This message is where you will call EditFieldText.
on EditValue pKey ## Example of opening a field editor for the field displaying the value for pKey ## Since I'm passing in parameters 2 and 3 any changes will automatically be saved to the dgData. ## 'me' is the Data Grid in this case. EditFieldText the long id of field pKey of me, the dgHilitedIndex of me, pKey end EditValue
If the user changes any content in the field editor this message will be sent to the field targeted in the first parameter sent to EditFieldText. Read the API docs for EditFieldText which discusses this message.
Here is an example of storing the new value in the dgData of the Data Grid in the CloseFieldEditor handler. Manually storing the value would be required if you only passed in one parameter to EditFieldText.
This example script would be in the Row Behavior script as it uses the dgIndex of me property.
on CloseFieldEditor pFieldEditor ## 'me' is the row control put the dgIndex of me into theIndex put the dgDataOfIndex[theIndex] of the dgControl of me into theDataA put the text of pFieldEditor into theDataA[the dgColumn of me] set the dgDataOfIndex[theIndex] of the dgControl of me to theDataA end CloseFieldEditor