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Automating source synchronization in controls

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Improve the maintainability of your application by defining sources for the values that populate user interface controls. When you tie a control to a list source, the values in the control change automatically to reflect the state of the source, which saves development time.

  1. In the layout that contains the control that you want to edit, click the View properties icon.

  2. In the Properties panel of the control, in the List Source section, select the list source:

    Choices Actions
    As defined on property Click Submit.
    Data page
    1. In the Data page field, specify the data page that you want to use as the source of the list values.

    2. In the Data source property field, specify the property from which you want to source the list.

    3. If your data page has parameters, and you want to limit the results to display, in the Value field, specify the value that you want to use as a filter.

    Clipboard page
    1. In the Clipboard page field, specify the clipboard page that you want to use as the source of the list values.

    2. In the Data source property field, specify the property from which you want to source the list.

    Report definition
    1. In the Report definition field, specify the report definition page that you want to use as the source of the list values.

    2. In the Applies to field, specify the class of the report definition.

    3. If your report definition has parameters, and you want to limit the results to display, in the Value field, specify the value that you want to use as a filter.

    4. In the Data source property field, specify the property from which you want to source the list.

  3. Click Submit.

  • Selecting the property reference for a control

    Select a property for the control to determine the data type to include in the list that an application user sees. At run time, the user selects one or more values from the list.

  • Specifying presentation options for a control

    After you create a control, you configure how the control is displayed. You can specify whether the control is editable at run time, the width of the control, the label format for the control, and one or more CSS helper classes to adjust the control's appearance and placement.

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