For what purpose?
For what purpose?
Lol 2 people with same response. Ok when FM 11 first came out there were merge variables. The merge variables when empty would display, their text as <<$$mergeVariable>>. So I came up with a technique that would be like this <<$$currentdate>>. Then I have a CF that use the Self function to get the text and then it would change the variable to get(currentdate). Filemaker Patched this so that when a Merge Variable was empty it would be blank. So it broke my method. (The merge variables were broke, so fixing them broke me;) )
So I found a way of fixing this so I can set the variables to their own text and then use then use the CF. I found this technique was useful because thru strict naming conventions I am able to display data effectively. Recently I added the ability to execute SQL thru the merge variable.
So I made a calendar that shows the data with Merge Variable. I have <<$$d0t0>> then <<$$d0t1>> etc. I made a grid with all the dates and times. With my technique I set a time stamp and then each merge variable 'knows' it self and make a calculation to get the right data. So <<$$d3t5>> gets it self and says "I am 3 days after the date from time stamp and I am 4 time slots (each time slot is 15 minutes) after the time in the time stamp. So if timestamp is Jan 1, 2012, 12pm, <<$$d3t5>> will Be what event event is at jan 4 1pm. the So in essence I have a grid.
In this way I only need to change the text of the merge variable and it know what to do on its own. The issue is that I need to set the merge variable to them selfs first.
---- So if I cant get all the text from the layout I can run a script to go thru and set all the variables dynamically.
This sound a bit complicated. As soon as I finish my demo I can up load it.
This sound a bit complicated.
Yes, it does - and the real purpose behind the exercise is still not clear. FWIW, you can get the contents of named text objects through the GetLayoutObjectAttribute() function.
Here is a video where I explain how to use SQL in merge variables. I am now using this to make a calender that is really fast. So I dont need to use "records" and "fields" to display the infomation in the calander. I just use the variables to get the SQL directly. Here is a screen shot of the matrix I am using.
I am going to try to GetLayoutObjectAttribute and see if it works. I think you need to have all these objects names. I will see if it works.