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From Patrick Martin <antu...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Displaying the value in a Java class?
Date Sat, 11 Feb 2006 19:06:19 GMT
Hello again,
For info, the latest CVS version of antform includes Matt's fix about
nested text. Labels in AntMenu should then work as expected.
Patrick Martin.

On 2/11/06, Patrick Martin <antuser@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I reproduced the bug about property expansion in antmenu. However, I
> believe you could use antform instead:
>
> <antform nextTarget="" okMessage="" previousTarget="" resetMessage="">
>   <label>
> Verify Employment History Format
> The current value of the DESIRED_EMPLOYMENT_HISTORY_FORMAT constant in
> the ResumeConstants class is:
>  ${DESIRED_EMPLOYMENT_HISTORY_FORMAT}.
> If that value is satisfactory, press the Proceed button.
> If the value is wrong, press the Abort button to stop the build.
> Then, edit the value of the property in the ResumeConstants.java class
> and run the build again.
>   </label>
> </antform>
>
> If you don't like having the button on the lower right corner, you
> could use the linkbar.
>
> I'll try to have a look at Matt's suggestion about extending ProjectComponent.
>
> Regards,
>
> Patrick Martin.
>
> On 2/11/06, Rhino <rhino1@sympatico.ca> wrote:
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Matt Benson" <gudnabrsam@yahoo.com>
> > To: "Ant Users List" <user@ant.apache.org>
> > Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 6:27 PM
> > Subject: Re: Displaying the value in a Java class?
> >
> >
> > >
> > > --- Rhino <rhino1@sympatico.ca> wrote:
> > > [SNIP]
> > >> Here is my task again:
> > >>
> > >>  <antmenu title="Verify Employment History Format"
> > >>   stylesheet="${resume.xml.dir}\resume.style"
> > >>
> > >> image="${resume.xml.dir}\maximal.orange.129x30.jpg">
> > >>   <label>The current value of the
> > >> DESIRED_EMPLOYMENT_HISTORY_FORMAT constant
> > >> in the ResumeConstants class is:
> > >> ${DESIRED_EMPLOYMENT_HISTORY_FORMAT}.</label>
> > >>   <label>If that value is satisfactory, press the
> > >> Proceed button.</label>
> > >>   <label>If the value is wrong, press the Abort
> > >> button to stop the build.
> > >> Then, edit the value of the property in the
> > >> ResumeConstants.java class and
> > >> run the build again.</label>
> > >>   <link label="Proceed" target="jar"/>
> > >>   <link label="Abort" target="abort"/>
> > >>  </antmenu>
> > >>
> > >> I think the answer to your question is that I am
> > >> trying to display the
> > >> property via nested XML text, i.e. the label tag.
> > >> I'm not sure how to pass
> > >> that same value to the AntMenu task as an attribute.
> > >> And, if I did, how
> > >> would AntMenu know where to put the attribute, i.e
> > >> where to display the
> > >> sentence that I want?
> > >>
> > >> You can see the documentation for AntMenu at this
> > >> page:
> > >> http://antforms.sourceforge.net/usageam.html
> > >>
> > >
> > > Okay, having looked at this, including the source, 1)
> > > AntForms needs to have its BaseType class extend
> > > ProjectComponent and call
> > > getProject().replaceProperties(text) whenever text is
> > > added.  But that doesn't help you.  If you hate the
> > > text box the <label> tag creates anyway, why don't you
> > > bundle all the text you want into the title attribute
> > > of the <antmenu>?
> >
> > Actually, I hate the textbox that 'input' gives you; 'antmenu' is just fine
> > except that it doesn't expand properties like
> > DESIRED_EMPLOYMENT_HISTORY_FORMAT (or ant.home for that matter).
> >
> > > You can get line breaks with the
> > > property ${line.separator}.  A handy trick is to,
> > > early on, define a shorter property (I use "br"):
> > >
> > > <property name="br" value="${line.separator}" />
> > >
> > > Then you can do:
> > >
> > > <antmenu title="Verify Employment History
> > > Format${br}The current value of the
> > > DESIRED_EMPLOYMENT_HISTORY_FORMAT constant
> > > in the ResumeConstants class is:
> > > ${DESIRED_EMPLOYMENT_HISTORY_FORMAT}.${br}If that
> > > value is satisfactory, press the
> > > Proceed button.${br}If the value is wrong, press the
> > > Abort button to stop the build.${br}
> > > Then, edit the value of the property in the
> > > ResumeConstants.java class and
> > > run the build again."
> > > stylesheet="${resume.xml.dir}\resume.style"
> > > image="${resume.xml.dir}\maximal.orange.129x30.jpg">
> > >
> > >   <link label="Proceed" target="jar"/>
> > >   <link label="Abort" target="abort"/>
> > > </antmenu>
> > >
> > > something along those lines...
> >
> > I tried doing the title along the lines you suggested and got a partial
> > success: 'title' successfully expands the property! Unfortunately, it also
> > displays title text in an inappropriately large font. But I think I can get
> > into the "style sheet" (a properties file that has similar affect to CSS)
> > for the antform and shrink it to a more reasonable size.
> >
> > Your 'br' trick failed to work. I checked my typing very carefully but
> > 'title' didn't put the line breaks where I asked for them. (The value in the
> > title attribute also appears as the dialog title and I got two small square
> > boxes where I'd put the 'br' property; the two square boxes didn't appear in
> > the 'title' portion of the menu proper.) I'm not sure why that failed but I
> > can live with this approach, especially if I can make the title font a bit
> > smaller.
> >
> > That looks like the closest I am going to get for the time being; maybe next
> > year the AntForm folks will properly expand properties in the <label> tags
> > and/or observe 'line.separator' in the 'title' attribute. Or maybe 'input'
> > will be made so attractive that I'll start using it again. :-) But, in the
> > meantime, I suppose this will do. Not ideal but reasonably good for my
> > purpsoses.
> >
> > > you might put the title
> > > in a file with a token defined where the variable part
> > > goes, then load that file into a property filtering in
> > > the property you've already set from your Java class,
> > > just to make your poor task invocation look a little
> > > more compact.
> > >
> > Oh, that's not a big concern for me but thanks for the suggestion anyway.
> >
> > And THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for all your help with this! I knew there had
> > to be a more straightforward way to display that variable value when I
> > started this thread and you helped me find it and get it working to a
> > satisfactory level. I really appreciate all the time you gave me to help me
> > get this far. I owe you one :-)
> >
> > --
> > Rhino
> >
> >
> > > -Matt
> > >
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