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From: "William T. Flight" <>
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Version 3.0.22: Expanded text boxes
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 14:03:05 -0400
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> Hi, Bill,
> Suggestions for the expanded (F5) text boxes:
> 1. Move the focus and insertion point to the target text box when the
> "expanded" feature (F5) is selected and automatically shift the focus (and
> insertion point) between text boxes when the user shifts between General
> Research notes tabs. Currently a user needs to click within the General or
> Research notes text box to activate it. The process is "read-only." It
> forces the user to perform an extra step in cut-and-paste operations
> the boxes and, in any event, isn't it logical to assume the user wants to
> *use* the tab he's selected as well as review its contents? Simply
> the expanded text boxes suggests the user wants to edit or add to the
> contents and needs more elbow room.
Excellent suggestions, all. I have them implemented now in 3.0.23.
> Also, why not designate F5 as the hot key to expand the text boxes in
> whatever tab the user has active *without* first having the user click
> within the reduced text box? Where's the advantage of "activating" the hot
> key and using two steps rather than one?
Right now, F5 is "magnify the current field", and applies to more than just
the notes boxes. By clicking first in a notes box, you also select which of
the notes pages will come up active.
Adding a separate function key specifically for "Open Notes View" might make
sense. As they are implemented now, Notes Views do not have a header section
or record movement support, so I'm not sure if I should add a menu item for
"Notes" on the View Menu.
> 2. The Close button doesn't speak to the issue of editing the contents of
> the expanded text box. Consider adding a Save and Cancel function (and
> equivalent buttons). Most programs use them for text editing and the user
> might want to back out of changes or, with only a Close button, might
> whether "Close" means "close the box and go back to the original" or "save
> the changes and close the box."
I had considered that approach. I decided instead to make the Notes View
modeless, like the other views that don't have save/cancel buttons. Since
they are modeless, you can move back and forth between the open views,
including the view with the notes that the Notes View magnifies, and have
your edits saved automatically.
William T. Flight
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From: "Don Zochert" <>
Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2003 8:19 AM
Subject: [GENBOX] Version 3.0.22: Expanded text boxes