Restricting input into fields


Hi I'm using Dev Express custom control DBInspector in Delphi5, to display info from a query.

The user is able to enter and update info via the control, but in certain rows I want to restrict input to numeric or spaces, the events for the rows are only OnChange, OnValidate, OnDrawCaption & OnDrawValue.

On a normal edit field it would simply be a case of using the event keypress, but with these limited events I'm not sure, any ideas?

Thanks
dealclickcoukAsked:
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shaneholmesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
dealclickcouk, I did this inside the TEDit's OnChange event for practical application purposes only.

procedure TForm1.Edit1Change(Sender: TObject);
var
 S: String;
begin
 S:= edit1.Text;
 if S[Length(S)] in ['0', '1','2', '3','4','5','6','7','8','9'] then
 begin
  //send a back space command
  Keybd_Event(vk_back,0,KEYEVENTF_EXTENDEDKEY,0);
  beep();
 end;
end;


SHane
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dealclickcoukAuthor Commented:

Hi, I've tried this code and got all sort of errors, plus I want allow numeric's this seems to stop them.

ie if I enter a char in the middle of the string is removes all to the left, if blank then causes an access violation error etc...
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shaneholmesCommented:
it was an example off the top of my head how to restrict characters using the OnChange event. You didn't say which chars you wanted to restrict, so i used the numerical characters as an example. Create a new application, drop a TEdit on the form and place the code in its onChange event and see what it does.

Of course, I have never used the DBInspector component, so I dont know how it acts to this code. I was only trying to give you an example of using a OnChange event to prevent keys versus the OnKeyPress event.

Shane
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shaneholmesCommented:
can you post you onchange event (code i displayed above that causes the area) so we can look?

Shane
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dealclickcoukAuthor Commented:

When u say I didn't specify what chars, "restrict input to numeric or spaces" this from my original post gives a hint...

OK take this scenario...

field already has the following entry:

0115 939291

user insert into existing text:

0115 (mail first) 939291

the code you have supplied would (assuming it allowed only numerics & spaces)  not delete anything as your code only looks at the last char.

Also the line

 S:= InspectorPhoneWork.EditText;

only gives the var S what was last posted, so if blank to start with it would produce an error, even though text had been entered  because the change event happens before post.  I think this is strange, but this is what seems to be happening.
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shaneholmesCommented:


Well, you could just replace the ['1'........'9'] with ['A'...........'Z'....'a'........'z']

or

C:= S[length(S)];

  if (ord(C) >= 65) OR (ord(C) <= 90) OR
    (ord(C) >= 97) OR (ord(C) <= 122) then


Shane
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shaneholmesCommented:
Yeah, i see what you mean now with the last char............hmmmm, sorry, i dont have that DBInspector control to try things out with, maybe someone else has it here, im gonna listen in...........

Shane
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Ferruccio AccalaiSenior developer, analyst and customer assistance Commented:
What about somethin like this?

procedure TForm1.Edit1Change(Sender: TObject);
VAR
I,J: Integer;
s : STring;
begin
J := Edit1.SelStart;
for i := 1 to length(Edit1.Text) do
  if Edit1.Text[i] in ['0'..'9',' '] then
    s := s+Edit1.Text[i];
Edit1.Text := s;
If J < Length( Edit1.Text) then
dec(j);
  Edit1.SelStart := J;
end;

F68 ;-)
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dealclickcoukAuthor Commented:

What is the SelStart as this isn't valid within the inspector object? gives error undeclared identifier...
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Ferruccio AccalaiSenior developer, analyst and customer assistance Commented:
mmm....that's for the caret position....
Just try skipping the selstart parts and tell us about the effect
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