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Re: How to make an InputField inside of a graphic active...

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  • Subject: [mg89623] Re: How to make an InputField inside of a graphic active...
  • From: David Reiss <dbreiss at>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 06:13:52 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <g2th4e$7j4$> <g3034g$mbc$>

On Jun 14, 5:30 am, Albert Retey <a... at> wrote:
> David Reiss wrote:
> > One can place, say, a Checkbox in a graphic using Inset:
> > Deploy[Graphics[{LightGray, Disk[], Inset[Checkbox[]]}]]
> > and the resulting Checkbox is active: i.e., you can click on it and
> > the expected behavior happens.
> > Now if I try to do this with an InputField as in
> > Deploy[Graphics[{LightGray, Disk[], Inset[InputField[]]}]]
> > The resulting Inputfield cannot be accessed in the familiar way: i.e.,
> > clicking inside of it and then typing.
> > Do the Group members have a suggestion for how to do this sort of
> > thing with an InputField.
> > This, of course, is a distilled version of something else.  I am
> > building a CAD application for a customer, and I would like to place
> > input fields within the visual design that is being created so that
> > values can be assigned to various things.  This behavior would be
> > toggeled on and off as needed...
> > thanks for any help that you folks can give....
> I think the problem is with Deploy, which AFAIK sets ContentSelectable
> to False for Graphics. The following sets it to true for only the Inset
> around the Inputfield which kind of works. I don't know whether that is
> good enough for your customer, since you need to at least double klick
> to select the text to edit, but not always, so it doesn't give a very
> reliable impression, although I think the behavior is deterministic,
> just not easy to follow...
> text="hello";
> Deploy@Graphics[{
> LightGray,Disk[],
> Black,Inset[InputField[Dynamic[text],String,Enabled->True],\
> ContentSelectable->True]}
> ]
> Dynamic[text]
> hth,
> albert

Thank you.  This was very helpful.



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