3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 2, 2013 4:25 PM by philmodjunk

    Object name hidden when field is assigned as a button.

    joel.s

      Summary

      Object name hidden when field is assigned as a button.

      Product

      FileMaker Pro

      Version

      12.0v4

      Operating system version

      10.8.4

      Description of the issue

      The object name given to a field is hidden in the inspector when the field is made into a button.
      The object name reappears when the button action is removed.

      Steps to reproduce the problem

      Select a field
      Assign a name in the Inspector position tab.
      Make the field a button, choosing a script.
      The object name in the inspector disappears but remains active.
      Remove the button assignment.
      The object name reappears.

      Movie linked.

      Expected result

      The object name should persist in the inspector regardless of the button (or any other) assignment.

      Actual result

      The object name is hidden.

      Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

      None.

      Configuration information

      None.

      Workaround

      None.

        • 1. Re: Object name hidden when field is assigned as a button.
          philmodjunk

               This has been reported before.

               Here's what is actually happening.

               Enter layout mode

               Give several different objects object names via the inspector

               Then group them.

               Check for object names and you'll find that the name box is empty. You can in fact give the group an object name.

               If you ungroup the objects, the group name is lost, but now you can see the original object names if you select them one at a time.

               When you select an item and use button setup to turn it into a button, FileMaker groups that object with an invisible button object that then responds to mouse clicks and performs the action specified in button setup.

               Like any other group, you can then give this button an object name.

               If you ungroup the button, the invisible button object and it's object name is lost, but now you can once again see the object name assigned to the original object.

               What's needed is a way to "drill down" to see the object names of objects that are members of a group.

          • 2. Re: Object name hidden when field is assigned as a button.
            joel.s

                 OK, I understand what is going on here, thanks.

                 It's the UI that is not handling the nested state of the objects that constitute the mutiple objects, all of which might have a name or any combination of named and unnamed.

                 Until a more evolved interface is developed, the object name field could at least show a list of the names that are encompassed by the collection or group instead of nothing.

                 Apologies for the repeat report.

            • 3. Re: Object name hidden when field is assigned as a button.
              philmodjunk

                   GetLayoutObjectAttribute can access the object names of grouped objects, but this isn't really much help when you are in layout mode working with the objects in your layout.