|We introduce a few terms here that we use frequently throughout this Application Guide. These refer to common architectural components that make the application easier to learn and understand.|
currently selected record is the record or display table entry on
which any action you might request will be taken. Examples of these include
currently selected item record, currently selected inventory record, currently
selected table entry, currently selected report, or currently selected download.
Most typically, the currently selected record is the result of clicking
on the row selection arrow in a display table. Note that when a new record
has just been added, it automatically becomes the currently selected record.
Currently selected records or table entries are indicated by highlighting
the row of the corresponding display table.
The most obvious example of this concept appears when you first enter the application. The "View - Find/List" screen consists of a scrollable display table of the item file. The first record displayed is the default currently selected item. To select a different record, click on the arrow to the left of the item that you would like to work with in the display table. The currently selected item is always highlighted in blue.
tables (or scrollable display tables) are arrays of information
that enable the user to view their information or select records for further
action. One example is the "View - Find/List" page that displays
summary item information and the smaller version of this display table at
the top of the "View - Details" screen. Another example is the
inventory record display table following the item data on the "View
- Details" screen that lists all inventory records associated with
the currently selected item. Other examples include the reports and download
tables, and the tables that contain the specification parameters for these
Display tables share a common architecture. The left side of the table has an arrow, which, when clicked, makes the record or field corresponding to that row become the currently selected record or field. At the top of each table is a row of column headings naming the contents of the column. Clicking these column headers causes the display table rows to be sorted and displayed in the sort sequence of that field. To the right of each display table is a scroll bar that can be used to move up and down the table displaying entries that cannot fit in the space available.
The purpose of edit tables is to preserve the consistency of values for certain fields. This will help to keep your collection information more organized and make it easier for you to search for specific items.
Certain of the edit tables are context sensitive edit tables. What this means is that the edit table or list of values allowable for one field depends on the context or value of the selection for another field. The purpose of this context sensitive feature is to keep the length of the edit tables shorter and ensure the values are meaningful within the context. For example, the Type field edit table values depend on the value of the Category field. More on this notion of context sensitive tables is also described in the Database Guide portion of this Help Section.
You can customize any of your edit tables to include any values you want and delete any values you don't need. To customize an edit table, first select the first line (marked "-----Add/Delete-----") on the pull-down menu. This will bring up a pop-up window.
To create a new entry, type the value of the entry in the space above the buttons. If there is already a value in the edit table close to what you want, click it on the pop-up window to initialize the new field value and then just modify it as you wish. Finally, click on the Okay button.
Deleting an entry from the edit tables is as simple as adding a new entry. After bringing up the pop-up window, select the entry you want to remove by clicking on it. Then click on the Delete button.
Note: You will not be able to delete any entry with a value that is contained in any record, so be sure to change all records using the field entry you want to delete. (Do a "Select Records" based on the value you want to delete to find the records you need to change prior to the deletion of the entry.)
|copyright © 2001- 2002 TrackMyTrains.com|