[Xerte-dev] Re: use of info tag in xwd forms

Dave Burnett d_b_burnett at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 5 10:43:27 GMT 2013

What version of desktop is required?The only language related object I have showing is "Show Language Options" in the bottom bar.
(I do see  "Here is the help" in blue  near the bottom).

Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:23:23 +0000
From: johnathan.kemp at ntlworld.com
To: xerte-dev at lists.nottingham.ac.uk
Subject: [Xerte-dev] Re: use of info tag in xwd forms

If you include the info tag in an xwd form it can result in the none display of the last entries in the form.

The info tag displays at the bottom of the form with a blank area of form above it where the missing fields and field labels should be displayed.

If you move the mouse pointer over the blank area of the form then the mouse pointer will change indicating that the fields are there - you just can't see them.
The easiest way to explain what is happening is for you to see it for yourself.

I have attached a simple demo. The demo is a standard Xerte project (not a "Pages" type project - I have manually set up the xwd links for the pages) in which I have set up two copies of the Quiz page. 

Open this project in XerteDouble click on the Quiz page to open the xwd formClick on the language tab to display the language fieldsScroll down the form - you will see the blank area where the hidden language fields should appear and the blue info comment at the bottom.
The language tag is not significant to this issue. Double click on the Quiz2 page, you will see the same effect without the use of the language tag (I deleted them from this pages xwd file)I don't know if the cause is to do with layers or visibility settings. I don't know what happens when the info tag is actioned in the code. 

I hope this makes the effect clear (if not the cause :-( )
Kind regards

On 5 March 2013 09:40, Julian Tenney <Julian.Tenney at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

What’s the problem in a nutshell?
From: xerte-dev-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:xerte-dev-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Kemp Johnathan

Sent: 04 March 2013 22:18
To: Xerte Developers Discussion List
Subject: [Xerte-dev] use of info tag in xwd forms
 On the 4th December I posted to the developer list an issue with the xwd forms relating to the use of the "info" tag.
 The inclusion of an info tag in the xwd form can result in space being allocated above the info tag for the display of the last few properties in the xwd form definition, but the properties are not visible in the form. You can however confirm their "presence" as the mouse pointer responds to them if moved over the input fields. 
 You can test this out in Xerte (or XOT) by creating a page using one of the Connector page types. The info tag has been used in these pages to link to a pdf help file that is hosted on the Xerte community web site, but the "language" flagged form properties are no longer all editable, due to the presence of the info tag.
 This is a pity as the info tag could be used to provide a link to an external document that gives the Author useful additional information to assist them in making the best use of that page type. e.g.
·         Information about what the page is designed to do
·         Instructions on what the properties in the form are to help in completing the form created by the xwd file;
·         examples of actual uses of that page type in real projects.
·         examples of combining this page type with other page types to achieve a particular pedagogical approach
·         guidance as to how accessible the page is with respect to particular types of user, or what features the page has as optional properties to provide additional accessibility
However at present if the "info" tag is used then the ability to edit the language flagged elements of the page is compromised.
 Is this something that is intended to be addressed before the next release of Xerte / XOT? 
Sorry to be a nuisance, but it seems such a potentially useful feature it seems a shame not to be able to use it.
 Kind regards Johnathan


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