Futurebasic/Language/Reference/scroll button

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SCROLL BUTTON[edit | edit source]

Syntax[edit | edit source]


Description[edit | edit source]

The SCROLL BUTTON statement puts a new scrollbar in the current output window, or alters an existing scrollbar's characteristics. The parameters are interpreted as follows:

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To Create a New Scrollbar[edit | edit source]

  • Choose an idExpr value such that ABS(idExpr) is different from the ID's of all existing buttons and scrollbars in the window. If you use a negative idExpr, and the window contains a multistyled non-static edit field whose ID number is ABS(idExpr), then the actions of the scrollbar are linked to the edit field (explained below).
  • Choose initial values for current, min, max and page. All of these parameters are optional; any of them that you omit will have the following default initial values:
    • current = 0
    • min = 0
    • max = 255
    • page = 16
  • If creating a _scrollOther scrollbar, specify the rect parameter. This parameter is optional if you're creating a _scrollVert or _scrollHorz scrollbar.
  • Specify the type. This parameter is optional; its default value is _scrollOther.

To Alter an Existing Scrollbar[edit | edit source]

  • Set idExpr to the ID number of an existing scrollbar in the window.
  • If you want to change any of the current, min, max or page values, specify the corresponding parameters. Any of these that you omit won't have their values changed.
  • If you want to change the rectangle of a _scrollOther scrollbar, specify the new rectangle in the rect parameter. If you omit this parameter, the rectangle won't change. NOTE: the rect parameter is ignored when you're altering a _scrollVert or _scrollHorz scrollbar.
  • You can't alter the type of an existing scrollbar. This parameter is ignored if the scrollbar already exists.

To Activate or De-activate a Scrollbar[edit | edit source]

You can use the BUTTON statement to activate (highlight) or de-activate (dim) an existing scrollbar.

  • To activate it, use: BUTTON scrollbarID, _activeBtn
  • To de-activate it, use: BUTTON scrollbarID, _grayBtn

Linking a Scrollbar's Action to an Edit Field[edit | edit source]

If you specify a negative idExpr value when creating a new scrollbar, FB looks for a multisyled edit field (which can be static) whose ID number equals ABS(idExpr) in the current window. If such a field is found, the behavior of the scrollbar and the edit field become linked, as follows:

  • When the user (or your program) moves the scrollbar thumb, the text in the edit field scrolls vertically;
  • When the user (or your program) alters the text in the field, or drags through it vertically, the scrollbar thumb moves correspondingly.

When linking a scrollbar to an edit field, it's recommended that you use a vertical scrollbar. A horizontal scrollbar will not scroll the text horizontally, and its action is likely to look strange to the user.

You can't alter the current, min nor max parameters of a scrollbar that's linked to an edit field. These values are automatically altered dynamically as the content and position of the text in the field changes. Also, you can't use the BUTTON statement to activate nor de-activate this kind of scrollbar; the scrollbar is active when the edit field contains more lines than will fit in the view rectangle, and is inactive otherwise.

Note: To link a scrollbar to an edit field, you must create the edit field first, and the scrollbar second.

Note: You can only link a scrollbar to a multistyled edit field (a field which was created using a negative idExpr value).

Using the Scrollbar[edit | edit source]

To make the scrollbar usable, your program must call HANDLEEVENTS periodically. Among other things, HANDLEEVENTS tracks the motion and clicking of the mouse in the scrollbar, and moves the thumb in response to these user actions. Your program can also move the thumb explicitly by setting the current parameter in the SCROLL BUTTON statement.

Whenever the user moves the thumb, a dialog event of type _btnClick is generated. The "id" value for this event equals the scrollbar's ID. You can determine the thumb's current position using the BUTTON function:

thumbPosition = BUTTON(scrollBarID)

Note[edit | edit source]

To remove a scrollbar, use the BUTTON CLOSE statement:


To find out information about a scrollbar, use the BUTTON& function to get the scrollbar's control record.

See Also[edit | edit source]

BUTTON& BUTTON function; BUTTON statement; EDIT FIELD; DIALOG function