Syntax of the declarative DIALOG block

The declarative DIALOG block defines an interactive instruction that can be used by a parent DIALOG, or as parallel dialog.

Syntax

[ PRIVATE | PUBLIC ] DIALOG dialog-name ()
   [ define-block ]
   { menu-block
   | record-input-block
   | construct-block
   | display-array-block
   | input-array-block
   }
END DIALOG
  1. dialog-name defines the identifier for the declarative DIALOG block.
Note:

Unlike procedural DIALOG blocks, a declaractive DIALOG block defines only one MENU, INPUT, CONSTRUCT, DISPLAY ARRAY or INPUT ARRAY sub-block.

where define-block is a local variable declaration block.

where menu-block is:
Important:
For now, a menu sub-dialog cannot be used with SUBDIALOG in a procedural DIALOG block, this may be supported in a future version. When using a menu as SUBDIALOG, runtime raises error: -8350: Not supported yet: sub-dialog kind of MENU.
MENU
   [ BEFORE MENU
       menu-statement
     [...]
   ]
   menu-option
   [...]
END MENU
where menu-option is:
{ COMMAND option-name
      [option-comment] [ HELP help-number ]
    menu-statement
    [...]
| COMMAND KEY ( key-name ) option-name
      [option-comment] [ HELP help-number ]
    menu-statement
    [...]
| COMMAND KEY ( key-name )
    menu-statement
    [...]
| ON ACTION action-name 
             [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-menu ) ]
    menu-statement
    [...]
}
where action-attributes-menu is:
{ TEXT = string
| COMMENT = string
| IMAGE = string
| ACCELERATOR = string
| DEFAULTVIEW = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| CONTEXTMENU = { YES | NO | AUTO }
    [,...] }

where menu-statement is:

{ statement
|  NEXT OPTION option 
|  SHOW OPTION { ALL | option [,...] } 
|  HIDE OPTION { ALL | option [,...] } 
}
  1. key-name is a hot-key identifier (like F11 or Control-z).
  2. option-name is a string expression defining the label of the menu option and identifying the action that can be executed by the user.
  3. option-comment is a string expression containing a description for the menu option, displayed when option-name is the current.
  4. help-number is an integer that allows you to associate a help message number with the menu option.
  5. action-name identifies an action that can be executed by the user.
  6. idle-seconds is an integer literal or variable that defines a number of seconds.
  7. action-name identifies an action that can be executed by the user.
  8. action-attributes are dialog-specific action attributes.
where record-input-block is:
INPUT { BY NAME { variable | record.* } [,...]
      | variable | record.* } [,...] FROM field-list
      }
   [ ATTRIBUTES ( input-control-attribute [,...] ) ] 
   [ input-control-block 
       [...]
   ]
END INPUT
where input-control-attribute is:
{ HELP = help-number
| NAME = "sub-dialog-name"
| WITHOUT DEFAULTS [ = boolean ]
}
where input-control-block is one of:
{ BEFORE INPUT
| BEFORE FIELD field-spec [,...]
| ON CHANGE field-spec [,...]
| AFTER FIELD field-spec [,...]
| AFTER INPUT
| ON ACTION action-name
             [ INFIELD field-spec ]
             [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-input ) ]
| ON KEY ( key-name [,...] )}
    dialog-statement
    [...]
where action-attributes-input is:
{ TEXT = string
| COMMENT = string
| IMAGE = string
| ACCELERATOR = string
| DEFAULTVIEW = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| VALIDATE = NO
| CONTEXTMENU = { YES | NO | AUTO }
    [,...] }
where construct-block is:
CONSTRUCT { BY NAME variable ON column-list
          | variable ON column-list FROM field-list
          }
   [ ATTRIBUTES ( construct-control-attribute [,...] ) ] 
   [ construct-control-block
       [...]
   ]
END CONSTRUCT
where construct-control-attribute is:
{ HELP = help-number
| NAME = "sub-dialog-name"
}
where construct-control-block is one of:
{ BEFORE CONSTRUCT
| BEFORE FIELD field-spec [,...]
| ON CHANGE field-spec [,...] 
| AFTER FIELD field-spec [,...]
| AFTER CONSTRUCT
| ON ACTION action-name
             [INFIELD field-spec]
             [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-construct ) ]
| ON KEY ( key-name [,...] )}
    dialog-statement
    [...]
where action-attributes-construct is:
{ TEXT = string
| COMMENT = string
| IMAGE = string
| ACCELERATOR = string
| DEFAULTVIEW = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| CONTEXTMENU = { YES | NO | AUTO }
    [,...] }
where display-array-block is:
DISPLAY ARRAY array TO screen-array.*
   [ ATTRIBUTES ( display-array-control-attribute [,...] ) ]
   [ display-array-control-block 
       [...]
   ]
END DISPLAY
where display-array-control-attribute is:
{ HELP = help-number
| COUNT = row-count
| KEEP CURRENT ROW = [ = boolean ]
| DOUBLECLICK = action-name
| FOCUSONFIELD
}
where display-array-control-block is one of:
{ BEFORE DISPLAY
| BEFORE ROW
| AFTER ROW
| AFTER DISPLAY
| ON ACTION action-name
             [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-display-array ) ]
| ON KEY ( key-name [,...] )
| ON FILL BUFFER
| ON SELECTION CHANGE
| ON SORT
| ON APPEND [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-listmod-triggers ) ]
| ON INSERT [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-listmod-triggers ) ]
| ON UPDATE [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-listmod-triggers ) ]
| ON DELETE [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-listmod-triggers ) ]
| ON EXPAND ( row-index )
| ON COLLAPSE ( row-index )
| ON DRAG_START ( dnd-object )
| ON DRAG_FINISH ( dnd-object )
| ON DRAG_ENTER( dnd-object )
| ON DRAG_OVER ( dnd-object )
| ON DROP ( dnd-object ) }
    dialog-statement
    [...]
where action-attributes-display-array is:
{ TEXT = string
| COMMENT = string
| IMAGE = string
| ACCELERATOR = string
| DEFAULTVIEW = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| CONTEXTMENU = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| ROWBOUND
    [,...] }
where action-attributes-listmod-triggers is:
{ TEXT = string
| COMMENT = string
| IMAGE = string
| ACCELERATOR = string
| DEFAULTVIEW = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| CONTEXTMENU = { YES | NO | AUTO }
    [,...] }
where input-array-block is:
INPUT ARRAY array FROM screen-array.*
   [ ATTRIBUTES ( input-array-control-attribute [,...] ) ]
   [ input-array-control-block 
       [...]
   ]
END INPUT
where input-array-control-attribute is:
{ APPEND ROW [ = boolean ]
| AUTO APPEND [ = boolean ]
| COUNT = row-count
| DELETE ROW [ = boolean ]
| HELP = help-number
| INSERT ROW [ = boolean ]
| KEEP CURRENT ROW [ = boolean ]
| MAXCOUNT = max-row-count
| WITHOUT DEFAULTS [ = boolean ]
}
where input-array-control-block is one of:
{ BEFORE INPUT
| BEFORE ROW
| BEFORE FIELD [,...] 
| ON CHANGE field-spec [,...] 
| AFTER FIELD field-spec [,...] 
| ON ROW CHANGE
| ON SORT
| AFTER ROW
| BEFORE DELETE
| AFTER DELETE
| BEFORE INSERT
| AFTER INSERT
| AFTER INPUT
| ON ACTION action-name
             [INFIELD field-spec]
             [ ATTRIBUTES ( action-attributes-input-array ) ]
| ON KEY ( key-name [,...] ) }
    dialog-statement
    [...]
where action-attributes-input-array is:
{ TEXT = string
| COMMENT = string
| IMAGE = string
| ACCELERATOR = string
| DEFAULTVIEW = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| VALIDATE = NO
| CONTEXTMENU = { YES | NO | AUTO }
| ROWBOUND
    [,...] }
where dialog-statement is one of:
{ statement
| ACCEPT DIALOG
| CANCEL DIALOG
| CONTINUE DIALOG
| EXIT DIALOG
| NEXT FIELD
   { CURRENT
   | NEXT
   | PREVIOUS
   | field-spec
   }
}
where field-list defines a list of fields with one or more of:
{ field-name
| table-name.* 
| table-name.field-name 
| screen-array[line].* 
| screen-array[line].field-name
| screen-record.*
| screen-record.field-name
} [,...]
where field-spec identifies a unique field with one of:
{ field-name 
| table-name.field-name 
| screen-array.field-name
| screen-record.field-name
}
where column-list defines a list of database columns as:
{ column-name
| table-name.*
| table-name.column-name
} [,...]
  1. variable-definition is a variable declaration with data type as in a regular DEFINE statement.
  2. array is the array of records used by the DIALOG statement.
  3. help-number is an integer that allows you to associate a help message number with the command.
  4. field-name is the identifier of a field of the current form.
  5. option-name is a string expression defining the label of the action and identifying the action that can be executed by the user.
  6. option-comment is a string expression containing a description for the menu option, displayed when option-name is the current.
  7. column-name is the identifier of a database column of the current form.
  8. table-name is the identifier of a database table of the current form.
  9. variable is a simple program variable (not a record).
  10. record is a program record (structured variable).
  11. screen-array is the screen array that will be used in the current form.
  12. line is a screen array line in the form.
  13. screen-record is the identifier of a screen record of the current form.
  14. action-name identifies an action that can be executed by the user.
  15. seconds is an integer literal or variable that defines a number of seconds.
  16. key-name is a hot-key identifier (like F11 or Control-z).
  17. row-index identifies the program variable which holds the row index corresponding to the tree node that has been expanded or collapsed.
  18. dnd-object references a ui.DragDrop variable defined in the scope of the dialog.
  19. statement is any instruction supported by the language.
  20. action-attributes are dialog-specific action attributes for the action.