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i build a tabbed- dialog which interact with different modules in some instrument.
each module is controlled in a different tab.
the application suppose to tests the modules by sending different parameters such as temperature, position, and so on.
for each module (tab in our UI case) there are several tests and actions which the user can perform, the problem is that each test/action has different parameters.
my problem is that right now my tabs are full of controls which represents the parameters that can be set by the user for whole the tests/actions and the feedback that is being retreived during the test/action!!! MESSY.
i'm trying to think of easy and more clean way to disdplay the parameters for each test/action seperately.
for example, upon click on test/action in the list the relevant parameters will be displayed on the tab.

currently my tab are similar and look like this
________
|      |
|      ---------------------------------------------
|                      |   parameters & feedback
| actions List ctrl    |  
| ----------------------
|                      |
| tests List ctrl      |
| ----------------------
| action/tests comments|
|-----------------------------------------------------
|
|  List view which respnsible for warning/error log
|_____________________________________________________

what do u reckon?
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the tab came out all wrong but iu hope u got the main idea.
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i already  looked at those links.
consider average of up to 7 tests and actions in each tab.
i have 9 modules which give me 9*7=63 dialogs/property sheets all together HUGE overhead.
i'm looking for simplest and quickest solution.
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2 sedgwick
It is hard to suggest design without deep knowledge of the problem.
First, you can try to find a "shared" elements. By sample: "List view which responsible for warning/error log". If you add for each line in the list module/test number you can use only one log window.
Second, if the each module has similar parameters, you can use one "parameters block". Possible hide/disable some items.
Third, you can use for test/action/module selection grid or three structure.
Other idea: UI interface you can use only for result showing. Parameters/test/actions can be set via script.
Script can be produced with other UI module.
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by:gurly
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Another idea - you can use a smart list control / grid for all the parameters. Something like the tabs in MSAccess design views. (for example - when you create a new table in MSAccess, go to design view and see the list at the lowest pane). This list control will, offcourse, hold some controls in it, like combo boxes, etc.
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