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Keystroke Selection in Numeric Drop-Down list Fails on Windows

Question asked by JohnDuncan on Nov 8, 2012

Summary

Keystroke Selection in Numeric Drop-Down list Fails on Windows

Product

FileMaker Pro

Version

12.0v3

Operating system version

Windows 7 Pro

Description of the issue

When a ValueList displaying a list of numbers derived from another table us displayed in a Drop-Down list it is not possible to select an item by typing a number on the keyboard.  This behavior does not occur on Macintosh.

Steps to reproduce the problem

A table is used as the source of a ValueList.  It contains a field "Code".  3 records are in the table:

Code
2
30
88

This Field is then used as the source of a ValueList (all values).  A field from another table is displayed linked to this ValueList as a Drop-Down list.  When tabbing into the empty field the Drop-Down list is displayed with nothing highlighted in the list.  Typing a "2" selects the "2".  Typing a "3" selects the "30".  Typing an "8" also selects the "30".  Typing a "3" selects the "88".  Typing an "88" quickly still selects the "30".  The following is the behavior of all of the numeric keys:

0 - selects the 2
1 - Selects the 2
2 - Selects the 2
3 - Selects the 30
4 - Selects the 30
5 - Selects the 30
6 - Selects the 30
7 - Selects the 30
8 - Selects the 30
9 - Selects the 30
30 (quickly) - Selects the 30
88 (quickly) - Selects the 30

Interestingly if you type a 38 (quickly) it will select 88

Expected result

Expected it to behave like a normal Windows 7 drop-down list where you can keystroke to select the item you want.  If I put the same values in a static ValueList it behaves as expected.

Actual result

(see above)

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

N/A

Workaround

If the field on which the ValueList is changed to a text field then it works correctly although the sorting is now incorrect (for a number - i.e. 100 sorts before 2)

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