Yes, this is a common nuisance. Although it depends on what you want to use it for. The intended use for popovers is what is commonly seen on iOS (and more and more websites are picking it up as time goes by) â€“ for example the iCloud tabs and bookmarks popovers in iOS Safari. Eg. for bookmarks: You tap the bookmarks icon, it pops down a popover with the list of bookmarks in it, you choose one, and it goes away. Or if you change your mind and donâ€™t want to choose one then you tap anywhere outside of it, and that makes it go away without selecting anything. And thatâ€™s the key there. They are designed to dismiss if you click outside of them.
But we (the FileMaker Pro Dev community), as we usually do with new FileMaker Pro features, have come up with all sorts of other uses for them. I was considering a blog post on some of these unconventional uses, but itâ€™s kinda been done to death already by others. For starters, see here: http://filemakerhacks.com/2013/12/14/filemaker-13-popovers/. In a couple of these examples, stopping it from dismissing via any means other than clicking a specific button, is desired.
What inspired me (other than my need for it in a current client project) was the end of that article where the author (Howard Schlossberg) noted a solution to that problem, but also noted he couldnâ€™t figure out how to do it in one script, instead needing two. Obviously that was a challenge to be met, and so I met it
If [ Get ( ScriptParameter ) = "Button" ]Set Variable [$$closePopoverOK ; Value: True]Close PopoverSet Variable [$$closePopoverOK ; Value: ""]Else If [ Get ( ScriptParameter ) = "Trigger" ]Exit Script [ Result: $$closePopoverOK]End If
- attach this script to the button within the popover that you want to have close it (with script parameter: â€śButtonâ€ť), andâ€¦
- attach it to the popoverâ€™s OnObjectExit script trigger (with script parameter: â€śTriggerâ€ť)
In short my tip isnâ€™t â€śthis is how to stop popovers dismissing when you donâ€™t want them toâ€ť. My tip is â€śthis is how to do it in one script instead of twoâ€ť.
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About David Thorp: David is a FileMaker Pro Developer with Excelisys: David has been a FileMaker Pro developer creating FileMaker Pro solutions for over 15 years. Considered a technical wiz, an exceptional and determined problem solver, and described by his peers as one of the best FileMaker Pro developers in the industry, David excels with â€śencouragingâ€ť FileMaker Pro to do things that most consider impossible! The best part of his talents, is that he loves to share and implement those cutting-edge new tools and tricks for the benefit of his clients and their projects, as well as with other members in the FileMaker Pro community.
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