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Value Edit Sequence

When you are entering an order and use a model which doesn't have a mask input, you go to the drawing window to edit the values. The sequence in which you edit those values is the same as the sequence in which they have been drawn when creating the model: first you edit the values of item 1, then item 2,.... and in each item you enter first the first member, then the second and so on.

So if you want values of item A to be edited before values of item B, then you should create first item A and then item B. If you do this when creating the model, when you use it in an order you will first edit item A and then item B.

Another way to achieve this is to change the default sequence. You will learn how to do this in this chapter.

Choose General->Models->Add / Change / Delete.

Type model code 2012 and press OK.

In the last chapter you created this model and tested it in an order. You remember you edited the value in the auxiliary measurement in the last place, this is because the auxiliary measurement was the last item to be created.

Press F2 until "VALUE" is included in the window caption.

Now we are in the value setting.

First we must indicate the first value to edit. This means that, when entering an order, this is the value which will become active when we go to the drawing window.

Click with the LEFT button on 3-E, so that [1:1L] is selected.

Choose Value->Indicate First Editing Value

In the window caption you can read: YOU HAVE INDICATED THE FIRST EDITING FIELD.

Now we are going to indicate the last value to edit. This means that, when entering an order, we will leave the drawing window after editing this value and pressing Enter.

Click with the LEFT button on 18-G, so that [2:2L] is selected.

Choose Value->Indicate Last Editing Value

In the window caption you can read: YOU HAVE INDICATED THE LAST EDITING FIELD.

Now we are going to indicate the sequence between the first value and the last value.

Click with the LEFT button on 3-E, so that [1:1L] is selected.

Choose Value->Indicate editing sequence in both senses.

The mouse pointer has changed and in the window caption you can read: INDICATE NEXT EDITING FIELD.

Click with the LEFT button on 10-H, so that [1:2L] is selected.

Click with the LEFT button on 7-F, so that [3C] is selected.

Click with the LEFT button on 11-D, so that [2:1L] is selected.

Click with the LEFT button on 18-G, so that [2:2L] is selected.

Press Esc.

Choose File->Exit.

Answer Yes to the question: Do you want to save the information ?

Test this model by using it in an order.

You can test several edit sequences.

What happens if a value is not included in the edit sequence you indicate with the mouse ?. This can be useful for a value which you seldom change. When you are editing the values you don't reach it with either Enter or the navigation keys. You can only edit it by selecting it with the mouse.

In this chapter We have chosen the option Value->Indicate editing sequence in both senses. This is the option you should use in most cases, but there are other possibilities:

If you choose the option Value->Indicate forward editing sequence you only indicate the forward movement, that is the sequence when you use Enter, the Down arrow key or Tab.

If you choose the option Value->Indicate backward editing sequence you only indicate the backward movement, that is the sequence when you use the Up arrow key or Shift-Tab.

This means that by indicating the forward and backward sequence separately, we could do this:

We indicate the forward sequence: A->C->D

We indicate the backward sequence D->C->B->A

When we are in A and press Enter or down arrow key we go to C. If we press Enter again we go to D. The only way to go to B is by pressing Up arrow key (or Shift-Tab) when we are in C. Of course we can also reach B by selecting it with the mouse. This could be useful if we don't usually change B.

There are some other situations in which defining a different forward and backward sequence could be useful, but please only use this feature if you have enough experience with the program. A mistake could be very confusing.

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