[ic] Tips and tricks -- UI
Thu, 2 Nov 2000 21:38:28 -0500
(This is a new thing I will try and do a couple of times a week. I will
hope to accumulate these together in some sort of logical order, with the
object of eventually gtting them into the docs and online help.)
While navigating the Interchange UI, you may have noticed
the _Tables_ link at the bottom -- it is also available via
Administration->Tables. When you go to that page, you will find 6 icons
associated with each table.
The first one is the edit icon. When accessed, it displays a list of
database items. You can click on a key and edit the record, as you may
But did you know that you can control the display of the select page
and what fields are editable by default?
Try clicking on the highlighted link for the table name -- i.e. products
Select for table edit: _products_
When you click "products", it allows you to change the parameters for
the display of the records on the tables select and edit screens.
You can set:
fname Label Description
------ ------ -------------
name Description Text description (in table listing and header)
height Select page rows Number of rows to display at selector page. Default
field List on select page The fields to show on the select page listing.
IMPORTANT: Must have the key field (usually it
is the first one)
options Fields to edit Recommended fields to display on editor screen,
in order of display.
help Help Displays at top of page. Use this to give short
pointers about what to edit.
help_url Help URL Links below help text on select page. Use
this to give detailed information on how the
user should edit the table entries.
(4.6.1 and above, not yet released)
display_filter Backup Selects whether the table will be exported
by default in multiple-table exporter
All of these features are enabled with the mv_metadata database table -- the
UI references the key corresponding to the table name when it displays
the table selector. It may use these bits of information in other places as
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