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mschummer

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About mschummer

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  • Birthday 05/05/1973

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    Seattle

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    Intermediate
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    14 Advanced

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    Mac
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  1. Thanks. I have been using the web palette forever. This is actually one of the first things I set when installing a new copy of FMP. As far as I know this only ensures that the colors you choose are compatible with the web. And indeed, my database looks just as good on the web as it does when viewed from a client. However, choosing the web pallette does not change the way the web browser handles the text fields.
  2. I am planning to buy Server 7 Advanced but before I do so I tested my database using the client's built-in web publishing. I assume that both make use of the same or similar engine and that they will both make the same mistakes. So here I go: If I use the client to format text in a text field (let's say, make it red) and then activate the same text field in the web browser (by clicking into it), the text changes to black, but upon exiting from the record and returning to it, I noticed that the formatting remained intact. If, however, I add a character to the end of the existing red text, the formatting for the entire text box gets lost. I assume that this has to do with the fact that browsers by default do not know about text formatting. Can anybody confirm that this is indeed the case with Advanced Server 7? We rely heavily on formatting of DNA and protein sequences and the loss of this would be like losing the entire record. The only solution would then be to selectively change a field's IWP access settings but not the settings when accessed through the client. But, as far as I know, this is not possible. Can anyone confirm this? The other alternative would be to create separate user IDs for client and web access. And I am not sure my users will understand this.
  3. I am having the same problem. I want to back up my databases every hour to folders that are named 01, 02, 03, etc. Even when I create these folders as subfolders of the default backup location, backup does not work. BTW, the path is displayed as being valid. And the permissions are set right. What is the worst though is that when a backup is not possible, FMP Server clandestinely disables that backup script (by unchecking the box) without notifying me. I am unable to check the server every day and I have encountered loss of data because of this. I am fed up with having to spend time after time on workarounds for features that FileMaker has not programmed well or has simply forgotten. But here is mine: use a shell script to copy the original files to a backup location and activate it with a cron job (works only on Mac and Linux though). The such backed-up databases are a little corrupt but they self-recover upon opening.
  4. Thank you so much, Fenton. You saved me hours of banging my head against the wall.
  5. Thank you. Just putting the field on the layout did the trick. However, the "cell" always refers to the first record and not the currently selected one. Would you know if there is a way to specify that the selected record be chosen instead? Otherwise I would have to resort to creating a new layout displaying only the record of choice which is extremely cumbersome given the large number of URL calls I make.
  6. Thank you, Fenton, for the tip. How do you make this line work? set theURL to cell "theURL" I have replaced "theURL" with the address of the calculation field that holds the URL. This address was in the form of Table::FieldName. It didn't work. Do I have to specify the database as well? Or is there another way to specify a cell?
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