3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 21, 2012 1:46 PM by nilsw

    Tab key resetting to new line



      Tab key resetting to new line


      FileMaker Pro



      Operating system version


      Description of the issue

      The issue happens while entering a calculation for Calc. Fields, Custom Functions, etc.

      After more than 68 pixels on the screen, the tab character resets—acting the same as a carriage return.

      As a result, most of my Custom Functions, etc. imported from FMP10 are crammed together and column alignment is gone. Reading the text has lost all reasonable understanding in FMP12.

      I beg you to fix this! I have over 100,000 lines of code written since FMP7 that are unreadable!

      Steps to reproduce the problem

      Type the following comment line (on a Mac only):

      Then type a "tab" and a "x"

      Then type this line with two periods at the end:

      Then type a "tab" and a "x"

      In the second case, the "x" displays on the next line rather than staying on the same line.

      Expected result

      Both typings above should stay on the same line. A tab should never do a hard reset like a carriage return.

      Actual result

      Displays on 3 lines instead of two

        • 1. Re: Tab key resetting to new line

          This is a known issue introduced when FileMaker 11 was released.

          For More Information see:     Annoyance: Expression editor 'knows' only 12 tab positions

          This is one of many acknowledged bugs that can be found in the Known Bug List thread here in the Report an Issue section of the forum.

          It can also be downloaded as a database file from:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/jt09b82i0xijbu3/FMP%20Bugs.zip

          • 2. Re: Tab key resetting to new line

            Actually this wasn't a bug that was introduced with FileMaker 11, it was an attempt to match the Windows version that has allowed us to lay out calculations and custom functions using unlimited indents (ctrl tabs) since at least FileMaker 9.

            We were celebrating the introduction of (alt) tabs introduced with FileMaker 11 in the Mac calculation window until we discovered the problem reported by Steven. Then all our clearly laid out calculations in Windows or those copied from a text editor turned out to be unreadable when viewing them on a Mac.

            And we reported this problem immediately with FMP 11.0v1 to FMI, with similar detail to that provided above.

            Here we are with FMP 12.0v2 and this problem continues to exist, along with a heap of other bugs that have been brought over from version to version. The report referred to by Phil was made on 16th May 2010!

            But, hey ho, who's to care, at least we now have rounded corners on our fields! Far more important than tools to help us with the 70 hours we've spent this week creating one script consisting of thousands of lines of calculations and umpteen custom functions.

            The simple answer to most of these issues is that you can't prise money out of people by advertising "hey, we've finally fixed this bug with this release".

            At least FileMaker have given us a good tool to do this - the Windows version! (Please, no Mac/PC comments, we've been devoted Mac users since 1985, but horses for courses and this course demands Windows).

            • 3. Re: Tab key resetting to new line

              I really would love to read a statement from FileMaker officials on this issue.. sad enough, something so undoubtedly useful like a bug tracking database has to be provided by users like PhilModJunk.