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A subclass of dialog intended for use with rich-edit controls. Currently the only functional differences between a dialog and a rich-edit-dialog are:

To create a rich-edit-dialog interactively, invoke the File | New Form menu-bar command and select rich-edit-dialog from the list of choices. This will make a rich-edit-dialog form and will automatically add a rich-edit control and an associated rich-edit-ruler just above it to the form, and also add auxiliary widgets in a toolbar for use with the rich-edit control.

This dialog will act as a complete WordPad(tm)-like application. If you would like to add additional controls to the form or toolbar, you can do so. The rich-edit controls appear at the right end of the component toolbar. Note that if multiple rich-edit controls are added to a single form, the single set of rich-edit helper controls works for all of the rich-edit controls on the same parent window, reflecting the rich-edit that most recently had the keyboard focus.

Try running the initial rich-edit form (with that form selected, click on Run | Run Form), then clicking the Open button in the toolbar and selecting the file examples\cg\rich-edit-sample.rtf (in the examples\cg subdirectory of the main Allegro directory). This should show some sample rich text.

Building Rich-Edit Forms from Scratch

To test making your own rich-edit dialog from scratch, invoke the File | New Form command, and select dialog from the list of window classes that you can create. Double click the interior of the new form to inspect it.

If you would like to start the menu-bar off with the special rich-edit commands, then go to the menu property of the form in the inspector and enter #.(rich-edit-menubar) in the inspector line for the menu property. (The #. reader macro is a trick to evaluate the expression typed directly into a line of the inspector.) This should add the standard rich-edit menu-bar to the form, and you can further edit this menu as you like.

Back in the inspector, toggle the toolbar property on to give the form a toolbar. Also toggle the status-bar property to give the form a status-bar for messages. Next, click on the Rich-Edit button of the Component Toolbar (the one with a big green "R"), and then click in the main interior of your form to create a rich-edit control. You may want to size the rich-edit control larger, since the default size is rather small. Now click on each of the next three rich-edit "helper" controls on the Component Toolbar and instantiate those widgets from left to right on the toolbar of your new form. (The helper controls consist of the rich-edit-multipic, the font-face-combo-box, and the font-size-combo-box. Finally, click on the Ruler button on the Component Toolbar, position it just above the rich-edit control, and then drag it or stretch it partly over the rich-edit as needed to make it snap into place along the top.

Having done this, you now have a dialog that is functionally similar to the one created by using the rich-edit-dialog class. You can customize either however you like by adding additional controls and editing the initial rich-edit menubar. Note that only a rich-edit-dialog has the built-in feature of prompting the user to save any unsaved rich-edit controls when a closing gesture is made.

Special Features

While the rich-edit functionality basically allows for custom WordPad--like applications, there are a couple of features that are somewhat unique:

If you place a menu bar on a rich-edit-dialog, you may want to use funcall-menu-item-with-rich-edit instead of funcall-menu-item-with-window as the on-click function for the menu-bar.

See cg-rich-text.htm for information about rich text editing in Common Graphics.

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