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Actions can be defined for control events and page events. Actions for both kinds of events are defined in the Actions dialog (see screenshot below). The left-hand pane contains the available actions grouped according to functionality. The right-hand pane contains the page or control events. In the right-hand pane, each event is shown in a separate tab, and each event's actions are defined in the event's tab.

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To define a certain action for the selected event, drag the action from the left-hand pane into the event tab. If an action requires further definitions—such as selecting an entry from a combo box, or entering an XPath expression (see screenshot above)—then complete these steps.

 

You can also define multiple actions for an event and add child actions to an action. In the screenshot above, for example, there are three actions defined for the OnPageLoad event. Click OK when you have finished defining the control or page action/s. If there are multiple actions on the same level, then they are performed in the order in which they are defined.

 

The following keyboard shortcuts are available:

 

Shortcut

What's clicked in the event pane

Result

Ctrl+double-click event/action

Main event (e.g OnLabelClicked)

Action added as last action of the event


Sub-event  (e.g OnClick, On LongClick)

None


Action

Double-clicked action added as next action

Alt+double-click event/action

Main event (e.g OnLabelClicked)

Action added as last action of first sub-event


Sub-event  (e.g OnClick, On LongClick)

Action added as last action of sub-event


Action

None

 

Inserting actions from a popup

The conventional way of inserting an action for processing when an event is triggered is as described above: to drag the action from the Available Actions pane (on the left) to the event pane (on the right). However, you can also insert an action by selecting it from a popup in the event pane.

 

Insert an action from a popup as follows:

 

1.Press Alt on your keyboard.

2.Move the mouse cursor to the location where you want to insert the action. The cursor becomes a horizontal line that indicates where the action can be inserted.

3.When the cursor is placed over the insertion location you want, click the mouse. A popup appears that contains an edit field.

4.Enter (i) the first few characters of the name of the action (or action group) you want to insert, or (ii) a text string that is contained in the action's name. The best five matches are shown in the popup.

5.In the popup, select the action (or action group) you want, either (i) by clicking it, or (ii) by using the Up and Down keys to select the action and then pressing Enter. The selected action will be inserted at the insertion location.

 

Filtering actions and action groups by name

To filter actions and action groups by name, enter a part of an action or action group's name in the Quick Filter text box at the top right of the Available Actions pane (see screenshot above). The matched actions and/or action groups will be highlighted in green. Matched action groups will be shown at the top of the Action Groups list, and they will be sorted alphabetically.

 

The filter feature is useful if you wish to see actions of a particular type. For example, if you wish to display actions related to the saving of data, you could enter Save in the Quick Filter text box.

 

List usages of an action or action group

Right-click an action or action group in the Available Actions pane, and, in the context menu that appears, click List Usages of this Action. All usages of that action in the design will be displayed in the Listings pane. The usages are listed by page, and then by control.

 

Order of action execution affects performance

Some actions are executed on the server (generating charts, loading non-embedded files, etc) and some are executed on the client (message boxes, sending an SMS, etc). Therefore, in order to improve performance, the order of actions should be defined in such a way that the switching between server and client for processing is minimized.

 

Disabling an action

You can temporarily disable any individual action that is defined for an event. A disabled action is ignored, and processing continues as if the disabled action is not defined. To disable an action, right-click it in the definition of the event's actions and select Disable Action. This command is a toggle command, so selecting it once more will enable the action again.

 

Aborting actions on errors

You can set the project to abort actions when errors occur during action handling. The setting to do this is in the More Project Settings dialog. By default, the Abort option is set to true. The error that triggers the action abortion could be in an XPath expression or elsewhere in the action handling. However, minor errors such as XPath errors for selecting a style property are ignored and action handling continues.

 

Suppressing logs recursively

Logs are the messages that are displayed in the Messages Pane. The messages relating to an individual action and its sub-actions (child actions) can be suppressed. Do this by right-clicking the action and selecting Suppress Logs Recursively.

 

If you want to activate the logs of a child action of an action that has had its logs suppressed recursively, then right-click the child action and select Force Enabled Logs Recursively.

 

Actions for which logs can be suppressed and force-enabled have icon overlays that indicate the current status. The screenshots below show these icon overlays of the Go to Page action.

 

ic_GoToPage

No overlay

ic_GoToPageLogsSuppressed

Logs suppressed

ic_GoToPageLogsForceEnabled

Logs force-enabled

 

Event pane toolbar

The Event Pane toolbar (screenshot below) offers the following commands, starting from the left:

MTEventPaneToolbar

Undo, Redo: Undoes and redoes your Event Pane edits

Cut, Delete: Deletes the selected item in the Event Pane. Cut additionally puts the selected item on the clipboard

Copy: Copies the selected item to the clipboard

Paste, Append Clipboard Contents: Pastes the clipboard contents relative to the selected location

Show/Hide Statements Multiline: Toggles on/off multiline display of statements, such as XPath expressions

Show/Hide Rarely Used Options: Some actions have options (or settings) that are inessential to the working of the action. This setting toggles on/off the display of such options

Show/Hide Warnings for Actions: If some mandatory condition required for an action to work correctly is missing, then a warning is displayed in red. This setting toggles on/off the display of warnings

Comment Color: Displays a color picker that lets you set the color of text in the Comment action. The selected color will be applied to all comments in all designs in MobileTogether Designer, including to comments that were defined prior to the setting of the new color.

 

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