Perform user field editing

WTSupported in traditional Synergy on Windows
WNSupported in Synergy .NET on Windows
USupported on UNIX
VSupported on OpenVMS
   a_data       ,a
   a_type       ,a
   a_text       ,a
   a_edit       ,a
   a_inpinfo    ,a



The data as stored in the field. (a)


The user_type string specified in the .FIELD USER qualifier. (a)


(optional) The user_text string specified in the .FIELD USER qualifier. (a)


The returned text to be edited. (a)


The structure of input information. (a)


EEDTDSP_METHOD is a subroutine that you write and name. The name of your subroutine is registered with UI Toolkit using the E_METHOD subroutine.


We recommend using an input field edit format method (%IEDITFMT_METHOD) instead of EEDTESP_METHOD. Unlike EEDTDSP_METHOD, your %IEDITFMT_METHOD adds to Toolkit functionality rather than replaces it. %IEDITFMT_METHOD also provides access to the structure defined in inpinf.def and to the 20 optional arguments passed to I_INPUT and L_INPUT. See %IEDITFMT_METHOD for more information.

The UI Toolkit input subroutine calls the EEDTDSP_METHOD subroutine to display the editable contents of a user‑type field differently than both the way it is stored and the way EDSPFLD_METHOD displays it (with formatting). If an edit format method is specified for the input field (using %IEDITFMT_METHOD), the edit format method is called after the EEDTDSP_METHOD subroutine. Use EEDTDSP_METHOD if you need the text of user‑defined data type fields to display in another way than the way they are stored.

Note that the length of the text passed in a_edit is defined by the input length for the field. It is not limited by either the display length or the view length.

You will never call EEDTDSP_METHOD directly; it is called only by UI Toolkit.

The inpinf.def file defines a_inpinfo. See IARRIVE_METHOD for information.

S/DE Repository allows you to specify a subtype (or class) for user‑defined fields. The default subtype is alpha, but you can optionally specify numeric or date. To access this subtype within the Toolkit user‑defined processing routines, use the window ID and field number contained within the inputinfo structure (the a_inpinfo argument). Pass these two values to the I_FLDINF subroutine to retrieve the gs_inpfld structure (the controls argument) which contains the gs_class (user subtype) value. For user‑defined alpha fields; gs_class = 0; for user‑defined numeric fields, gs_class = 1; for user‑defined date fields, gs_class = 2.

Although you can manage the display and validation of user‑defined fields using EDSPFLD_METHOD and ECHKFLD_METHOD, when the field is edited (with the E_xxx menu entries) the field is treated as alphanumeric. Thus if the storage form of the data differs from the manner in which it was entered, confusion can result. EEDTDSP_METHOD can solve this problem.

Toolkit’s default method is named TKP_EDTDSP and is listed below:

subroutine tkp_edtdsp
; Description:
; Format the editable text for a user-defined data type 
; Arguments: 
;       a_data                  ,a      ;Data as stored in the field
;       a_type                  ,a      ;User-defined data type
;       a_text                  ,a      ;(Optional) user text string
;       a_edit                  ,a      ;Returned text to be edited 
;       a_inpinfo               ,a      ;Input information
; Notes: 
;  Overload this routine if you need to have user-defined data types
;  display data other than as stored when the user begins to edit the field. 
;  This default version merely moves the stored data into the editing
;  buffer. You should retain this functionality for any unknown user data
;  types. If you remove the semi-colons which "comment out" the case
;  statement, then replace the "MYTYPE" case shown with one or more of
;  your own, the "else" on the endcase will handle the default condition.

; case a_usertype of 
;   begincase 
;     "MYTYPE ": call format_my_type 
;   endcase 
; else 
        a_edit = a_data

See also


See the ECHKFLD_METHOD Examples for an example that uses ECHKFLD_METHOD, EDSPFLD_METHOD, and EEDTSP_METHOD to validate and display a ZIP Code.