Dialog configuration with FGLPROFILE

FGLPROFILE parameters can be used to configure dialog behavior.

By setting global parameters in FGLPROFILE, you can control the behavior of all dialogs of the program. These options are provided as global parameters to define a common pattern for all dialogs of your application. A complete description is available in the runtime configuration section.

List of FGLPROFILE entries affecting the behavior of dialogs:

  1. Dialog.fieldOrder (only used by singular dialogs like INPUT)
  2. Dialog.currentRowVisibleAfterSort

The Dialog.fieldOrder entry

Dialog.fieldOrder = {true|false}

The Dialog.fieldOrder FGLPROFILE entry defines the execution of BEFORE FIELD and AFTER FIELD triggers of intermediate fields.

When this parameter is set to true, as the end user moves to a new field with a mouse click, the runtime system executes the BEFORE FIELD and AFTER FIELD dialog control blocks of the input fields between the source field and the destination field. When the parameter is set to false, intermediate field triggers are not executed.

The Dialog.fieldOrder configuration parameter is ignored by the DIALOG multiple-dialog instruction or when using the FIELD ORDER FORM option in singular dialogs such as INPUT.

Do not use this feature for new developments: GUI applications allow users to jump from one field to any other field of the form by using the mouse. Therefore, it makes no sense to execute the BEFORE FIELD and AFTER FIELD triggers of intermediate fields in a graphical application.


The default setting for the runtime system is false; while the default setting in FGLPROFILE for Dialog.fieldOrder is true. As a result, the overall setting after installation is true. To modify the behavior of intermediate field trigger execution, change the setting of Dialog.fieldOrder in FGLPROFILE to false, or use the FIELD ORDER FORM program option.

The Dialog.currentRowVisibleAfterSort entry

Dialog.currentRowVisibleAfterSort = {true|false}

The Dialog.currentRowVisibleAfterSort FGLPROFILE entry controls the visibility of the current row after a sort in tables

When this parameter is set to true, the offset of table page is automatically adapted to show the current row after a sort. By default, the offset is not changed and current row may not be visible after sorting the rows of a table. Changing this parameter has no impact on existing code, it is just an indicator to force the dialog to shift to the page of rows having the current row, as if the end-user had used the scrollbar. You can use this parameter to get the same behavior as well known e-mail readers.