Creating Calculations and Scripts
Designer provides a wide range of calculation
and scripting features that you can use to perform a variety of
tasks. For example, the following script changes the color of a
text field border and the font size of the text field value:
TextField1.border.edge.color.value = "255,0,0";
TextField1.font.typeface = "Courier New";
More complex forms can take advantage of scripting to perform
data source connectivity and data manipulation at run time. For
examples of common scripting tasks, see Examples of Common Scripting Tasks.
Creating calculations and scripts in Designer involves following
a general process each time you attach a calculation or script to
an object. Although not all aspects of the process are required
each time you create a calculation or script, following the process
helps to eliminate potential errors and unexpected results.
In general, each time you create a calculation or script, you
perform the following tasks:
Select the object to which you want to attach a calculation
or script. Although you can create calculations and scripts that
manipulate almost any object on your form design, not all form design
objects support form events. For a list of standard objects included
in the Object Library palette in Designer that support scripting,
see Objects that support calculations and scripts.
Write your calculation or script in the script editing field
of the Script Editor.
Test the calculation or script either by using the Preview
PDF tab or in your test environment.