How To Add Fly-Over Help To A Control?


To provide instant help to the novice user, you can use fly-over help, which consists of a text string that is displayed when the user positions the mouse pointer over a control, such as an entry field or a push button. The text should be short and should indicate the purpose of the control.

The application can provide two kinds of fly-over help:

1- A short text string that your application displays in a bubble (it is also called bubble help) next to the subpart on which you have mouse pointer.

2- A long text string (more explanatory) that your application displays in a text control (such as an entry field or an info area).

To provide fly-over help for a subpart:

1- Drop an IVB Fly Text part on the free-form surface (IVB Fly Text part is located in the Other category).

2- Open the settings of the subpart and, on the control page, enter the fly-over short text, fly-over long text, or both.

Text enter in fly-over short text is displayed as a bubble help for this subpart, and you do not need any connections to make it work!

Text enter in fly-over long text can be displayed in a window info area: Connect the this of the info area to the long Text Control of the IVB Fly Text part.

To add fly-over help to the Create push button, follow these steps:

1- Open the settings notebook of the Create push button.

2- Switch to the Control page.

3- In the Fly over short text entry field, type in the following text: Create a new property. This text will display in a bubble when the user positions the mouse on the Create push button.

4- In the Fly over long text entry field, type in following text: Fill in each entry field before creating a property in the database. This text will be display in the frame window info area added for this purpose.

These few steps are all you have to do to give your application slick contextual help! Save the part again and regenerate its source code to register the changes.

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