Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

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Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by legallou » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:36 pm

I am moving 1991 Hypercard stack using XCDM balloons. By what you replace this function in Livecode ?

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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by dunbarx » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:57 pm

Hi.

Balloons? I am an old-time HC guy, and still code today. What is the name of the XCMD?

Is it possible that the "toolTip" property in LC is what you had in mind?

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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by legallou » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:52 pm

Thank a lot, the "toolTip" property is the equivalent of XCDM call « balloons » that was calling system 7 balloons.

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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by legallou » Thu May 01, 2014 1:08 pm

My stack is multi-language, do you know utility script and/or organisation recommendation to use toolTip multi-language ?

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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by Klaus » Thu May 01, 2014 2:10 pm

Hi legallou,
legallou wrote:My stack is multi-language, do you know utility script and/or organisation recommendation to use toolTip multi-language ?
not sure what you want exactly, but you can set tooltips via script.
So use "opencard" or whatever to "populate" your tooltips with the correct language:
...
set the tooltip of btn "the_important_button" to AnyStringHere
set the tooltip of btn "the_other_button2" to "Ce n'est pas un ballon!"
...

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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by legallou » Thu May 01, 2014 3:13 pm

Yes I test the command « set the toolTip ...»
set the toolTip of the target to empty -- Need to empty first
set the toolTip of the target to theText

I have done in 1995 a script that read a file with this structure and put in a personal Help field define in first line :

<Author>,card,menu1,, --------------------------------------
Click on one 'author name' of the scrolling field
to go to the 'author' window
<home>,card,menu1,, --------------------------------------------
click into the field 'home'
to
go to 'home' stack

I of course may use it again, but I was asking if in LiveCode, a standard method, script (more elegant) exist.

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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by Klaus » Thu May 01, 2014 4:26 pm

Hi legallou,
legallou wrote:...
I of course may use it again, but I was asking if in LiveCode, a standard method, script (more elegant) exist.
not sure I understand you correctly, but Livecode only provides the means, we have to supply the data in whatever form.
Of course you can use a data structure like this to populate tooltips, too!


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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by legallou » Thu May 01, 2014 5:18 pm

When I say « more elegant script » I was thinking not only a standard method that I missed in LiveCode documentation, but also any add-on that somebody may have developed.

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Re: Equivalent of XCDM balloons in Livecode

Post by FourthWorld » Thu May 01, 2014 6:33 pm

To add to Klaus' note, the specific strings can be stored in custom property sets, perhaps a different prop set for each language, so you can do things like:

set the tooltip of btn 1 to the uUSEng["OKbtn"] of this stack
set the tooltip of btn 1 to the uChinese["OKbtn"] of this stack

Also, FWIW, you can control the delay of the tooltips by setting the toolTipDelay global property; setting it to 0 (zero) turns them off.
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