FORMAT

FORMAT Syntax Diagram


Additions:

1. ... COLOR n [ON] or ... COLOR OFF
2. ... INTENSIFIED [ON] or ... INTENSIFIED OFF
3. ... INVERSE [ON] or ... INVERSE OFF
4. ... HOTSPOT [ON] or ... HOTSPOT OFF
5. ... INPUT [ON] or ... INPUT OFF
6. ... RESET

The formats set by FORMAT are effective from the next output operation to the list, i.e. from the next WRITE command or from the next new line.

Effect

Color of line background. n can have the following values:

OFF

or COL_BACKGROUND Background (GUI-specific)

1

or COL_HEADING Headers (grayish blue)
2 or COL_NORMAL List body (bright gray)
3 or COL_TOTAL Totals (yellow)
4 or COL_KEY Key columns (bluish green)
5 or COL_POSITIVE Positive threshold value (green)
6 or COL_NEGATIVE Negative threshold value (red)
7 or COL_GROUP Control levels (violet)

List of colors.

Note

Every time a new event (START-OF-SELECTION, TOP-OF-PAGE, ... ) is started, the system setting reverts to COLOR 0 .
The additions .. INTENSIFIED and ... INVERSE both affect the color display (see below).
The attribute ...COLOR does not work for lines.

Addition 2

... INTENSIFIED [ON] or ... INTENSIFIED OFF


Each color exists in a normal (desaturated) and in an intensified (saturated) form. ... INTENSIFIED takes the current background color from the "intensified" palette, while the ... INTENSIFIED OFF uses the "normal" palette.

Note

Every time a new event (START-OF-SELECTION, TOP-OF-PAGE, ...) is started, the system setting reverts to ... INTENSIFIED /color palette: "output field intensified", IntNorm).
On a standard background (COLOR COL_BACKGROUND), the foreground color may be affected in certain cases.
If, for example, you use the addition ... INVERSE, the addition is ... INTENSIFIED.
The attribute ...INTENSIFIED does not work for lines.

Addition 3

... INVERSE [ON] or ... INVERSE OFF

Effect

Inverse - affects the background and foreground colors.

Each color exists in an inverse form. ... INVERSE takes the current color from the "inverse" palette and uses it as the foreground (script) color. The background (COL_BACKGROUND) then has no color. ... INVERSE OFF switches off the inverse display.

Note

Every time a new event (START-OF-SELECTION, TOP-OF-PAGE, ...) is started, the system setting reverts to ... INVERSE .
If the use of ... INVERSE results in the same background and foreground colors (COLOR OFF INVERSE ), the background color and the foreground color are merely reversed.
When you are using the inverse display, the addition ... INTENSIFIED has no effect.
The attribute ...COLOR does not work for lines.

Addition 4

... HOTSPOT [ON] or ... HOTSPOT OFF

Effect

Affects the display format of the mouse pointer and the effect of the mouse single click:
If you drag the mouse pointer over list areas which are output with the format ...HOTSPOT (lines or fields), the mouse pointer switches from its standard display format (usually an arrow) to the format of a hand with an outstretched index finger. If you then click once, the effect is like double-clicking or pressing the function key F2 ( AT LINE-SELECTION).

Note

The addition ...HOTSPOT has no effect on input fields.

Effect

Determines whether the user can enter data. You can change the contents of list lines output with the format ... INPUT on the screen. You can also print out the change or process it further by using READ LINE in interactive events.
... INPUT OFF reverses the ready for input status.

Note

Every time a new event (START-OF-SELECTION, TOP-OF-PAGE, ...) is started, the system setting reverts to ... INPUT .
The additions ... COLOR, ... INVERSE and ... HOTSPOT have no effect on input fields.
The addition ... INTENSIFIED affects the background color (color palette "input field" or "output field intensified").
The attribute ... INPUT causes lines to be displayed character-by-character and ready for input (| or -).
Blank lines are displayed only if you have specified BLANK LINES ON beforehand. To make blank INPUT fields visible on blank lines, you can use the SET BLANK LINES statement.

Effect

Resets all formats (color, intensified, inverse, hotspot and input).
This corresponds to the command:

FORMAT COLOR OFF INTENSIFIED OFF INVERSE OFF HOTSPOT OFF INPUT OFF.

Example

FORMAT INTENSIFIED INPUT. 
WRITE 5 'JOHN'. 
FORMAT INPUT OFF. 
WRITE 40 'CARL'COLOR COL_GROUP.

produces the following output:

....+....10...+....20...+....30...+....40...+
JOHN CARL
ready for input: <------>
intensified: <------------------------------------------>
color: <--->

From the beginning of the line to the last character of 'JOHN', the list is ready to accept input and is thus displayed in intensified form ("input field intensified" = InputInt).
From column 9 (i.e. after the 'N' of 'JOHN' ), the list line is also intensified but no longer ready for input.
'CARL' is output from line 40, together with a colored bar (color COL_GROUP = 7 from the palette "color intensified"). The script color is the color "output field intensified" (ProtInt). The intensified line display ends with the last character of 'CARL'.

If the formats apply only to the output of a single field, you can set the same (and other) parameters as additions to the WRITE statement.

Example

DATA C TYPE I VALUE 5. 
FORMAT INTENSIFIED ON COLOR = C.