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Sat, Nov 14 2015 6:46 AMPermanent Link

Rick

On 14/11/15 09:41, Tim Young [Elevate Software] wrote:
> The issue is right there: "form/panel" is not correct, it's just "form" in EWB 2.  In EWB 1.x, TForm descended from TPanel, but in EWB 2.x, a panel is just a container, and does not contain "form functionality" such as auto-focusing the last active control, etc.  It's this way because it's assumed that a panel is not an "end-all-be-all" container like a form, rather just one control of many others on a form.
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> If you look at the source code to the TFormControl (WebForms unit), you'll see this functionality (FocusLastActiveControl, etc.).
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Tim, OK, I understand why TPanel works the way it does. But TForm also
seems to work the same way. If you click in the TForm's client area or
caption bar it does come to the front but it never sets focus to any
client control on the clicked form.

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Rick
Sat, Nov 14 2015 7:00 AMPermanent Link

Rick

On 14/11/15 22:46, Rick wrote:

Just to clarify, when I say "TForm" I mean "TDialog".

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Rick
Mon, Nov 16 2015 1:59 PMPermanent Link

Tim Young [Elevate Software]

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Rick,

<< Tim, OK, I understand why TPanel works the way it does. But TForm also seems to work the same way. If you click in the TForm's client area or caption bar it does come to the front but it never sets focus to any client control on the clicked form. >>

Correct.  EWB 2.x targets touch environments, and with touch environments come virtual keyboards, so EWB 2.x goes out of its way to not perform any auto-focusing that isn't absolutely necessary.

Having said that, though, a quick review of the code shows that I can probably get away with a call to FocusLastActiveControl (which respects the TApplication.AutoFocus property for mobile environments) for forms when the caption bar is clicked.  I'll have to do some more playing around, but it should be do-able.

Tim Young
Elevate Software
www.elevatesoft.com
Mon, Nov 16 2015 6:30 PMPermanent Link

Rick

On 17/11/15 05:59, Tim Young [Elevate Software] wrote:
> Correct.  EWB 2.x targets touch environments, and with touch environments come virtual keyboards, so EWB 2.x goes out of its way to not perform any auto-focusing that isn't absolutely necessary.
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Yeah, I see that EWB2 is oriented towards a "touch first" environment. I
understand this because of where the trend is but my initial attraction
to EWB1 was that it seemed focused on a more productive desktop style
environment. Hopefully EWB2 can cater fully for both paradigms.

> Having said that, though, a quick review of the code shows that I can probably get away with a call to FocusLastActiveControl (which respects the TApplication.AutoFocus property for mobile environments) for forms when the caption bar is clicked.  I'll have to do some more playing around, but it should be do-able.
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That sounds great and would be much appreciated. Will this apply to
forms only or will it include panels as well?

I'd really like to see the OnActivate event implemented also. It would
be useful.

Thanks Tim for listening and responding to customer feedback regardless
of how irritating it can be. SmileIt's one of the things that sets your
company apart from others.

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Rick
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