COMMENT action attribute

The COMMENT attribute defines hint for the user about the action.

Syntax 1 (Dialog action handlers and form action defaults):

COMMENT = [%]"string"
  1. string is the comment to display, with the % prefix for a localized string.

Syntax 2 (Global .4ad action defaults file):

comment = "string"
  1. string is the comment to display. Use <LStr/> child element for a localized string.


Use the COMMENT attribute to define a description for the action. This text will typically be displayed as a hint for the corresponding action view.

Consider using localized strings with the %"string-id" syntax, if you plan to internationalize your application.

This action attribute can be specified as action default attribute in a global .4ad file, in the ACTION DEFAULTS section of form files, as dialog action attribute (using ON ACTION name ATTRIBUTES(...)), or directly as action view attribute (in the form definition file).

Action view decoration attributes TEXT, IMAGE and COMMENT defined at dialog level with ON ACTION name ATTRIBUTES(...) apply only to implicit action views such as default action views, context menu action views and rowbound action views: The explicit action views (such as buttons in the form layout) will not get dialog-level attribute values. Note that the COMMENT attribute will not be rendered on context menu and rowbound action views. See also Dialog action handler attributes for more details.


-- As action handler attribute
ON ACTION print ATTRIBUTES(COMMENT="Prints current record")

-- As action default
  ACTION print (COMMENT="Print current order information")

-- In a form buttom, using a localized string id
BUTTON b1: print, COMMENT=%"actions.print.comment";

-- In a global action defaults file with a localized string id
<ActionDefault name="zoom" comment="Opens a zoom window" ... >
   <LStr comment="actions.zoom.comment" />