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The standard way for this would be defining GUI elements in markup property response.
However we only support 3 types of elements: combo, editable text and static text.
The description field should be straight forward to define with one of the text fields depending if you want it editable or not.
As for the date field, you could implement it let's say with 3 combos, but your interface would look dated and not user friendly.
One of the questions here: do you really need deadline field in your markup save dialog?
Maybe it should be done through different mechanism, let's say one of the markup entities would define it.
Did you have a look at intellistamp entity, maybe it suits your needs better...
And you can define a date filed in intellistamp definition - it is implemented with date chooser.
If you choose to implement your own markup save dialog it's going to be a much more involved task...
Unfortunately, I can't workaround the calendar. The final application is going to an ensemble which will use markup files as a way of communicating engineering ideas, and the deadlines on them will be very important. Also, all our system has a very strong UI design, and typing the date is not an option for us. I didn't consider the intellistamp definition. I will give it a look, although I already began developing the solution in another fashion, with some advances and some issues.
The approach I have finally begun to implement is the creation of a custom action, and then replace the default one in a custom.gui file. Essentially, I took the WindowBuilder plugin in eclipse to build my own dialog, and from a custom action I have it popping up in Autovue. Since it's a generic java dialog, I can pretty much do anything inside it, and its look & feel is the same as the applet's one. The basic things, I already have: when I implemented the CMS integration I developed methods to store in the database a markup file after its ID, and also its properties. I can pass the dialog the active markup in the frame, so this means I am already able to save and overwrite a markup.
I am worried about the listeners of the custom action, since this method bypasses the session and other things in the SaveAction from the ISDK. But that concern will come later, once I am done with the basic things.
PD. As a suggestion for future versions, I'd create some class with GUIFactory controls to extend to generate custom dialog items to prevent these workarounds.
Edited by: Jordi Bosch on Mar 29, 2012 12:28 AM
Just for the note. By using this last method, I managed to generate the custom dialog with a calendar successfully. Tedious and long, yes, but now the dialog does what we want the way we want, while preserving the rest of autovue in the same way.