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The class of the multi-line-editable-text control.


Instance of the :multi-line-editable-text. This control behaves similarly to editable-text, but covers more than one line and has vertical scrollbars whenever the size of the text block exceeds the size of the window. Text on long lines wraps to fit in the window when the horizontal scrollbar is not enabled, and continues to wrap even after resizing.

The edited text is stored as a simple string in the value field of the dialog item. The text initially displayed can be specified by storing a simple string in the value field.

Note that the TAB character cannot be entered when the tabstop property is on, since entering TAB causes the focus to move to the next control in the tab sequence.

multi-line-editable-text controls do not have titles. If you want to add a title to your multi-line-editable-text control, pair it with a static-text control.

Adding a multi-line-editable-text control to your form

Click the multi-line-editable-text tool on the Component toolbar. Move the mouse cursor to the part of the form where you want to place the control, and click again. The control will appear with colored resizing handles.

Resizing and moving the control

Controls can only be resized and moved on forms during the design stage; the size and location of everything is fixed on a running form.

Resize the control by clicking the mouse cursor and dragging one of the handles to the new size-point. Release the mouse key when you are satisfied with the new size. Note: resizing the control changes the size of the bounding-box, but not the size of the actual characters inside. Change the font property if you want to change the size of the characters.

Move the control by clicking anywhere on it except a resizing handle and dragging it to a new location on the form. Release the mouse key when you are ready to place the control.

Customizing multi-line-editable-text control behavior

Adding scrollbars to multi-line-editable-text controls: set the scrollbars property to t (use both scrollbars), :vertical (use vertical scrollbar only), or :horizontal (use the horizontal scrollbar only). If the value of this property is nil, scrollbars will not appear.

Note: If the horizontal scrollbar is not enabled, then the text will wrap automatically at space boundaries to prevent the text from extending off the right edge of the control. This is done at display time by Windows without adding newline characters, so the text will re-wrap if the dialog-item is resized.

Making multi-line-editable-text controls read-only or not: set the read-only property. T means read-only, nil means editable. True, which prevents the user from typing into the widget, can be handy for displaying scrolling text that the user should not change.

When user-generated changes appear: the delayed property controls whether the dialog-item value is updated after every keystroke or only after the user moves to another item on the dialog.

Data in a multi-line-editable-text

The generic function text-range can be used to extract data from a multi-line-editable-text control.

See About how to get sample code for creating controls in cgide.htm, which explains how to use the IDE to create such code.

A diagram of window and widget classes is shown in Widget and window classes in cgide.htm.

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Created 2019.8.20.

Allegro CL version 10.1
Unrevised from 10.0 to 10.1.
10.0 version