The Dialog Box is to attribute data what the Window is to the network spatial data; it is a graphical view of the attribute database. Dialog boxes in XPRafts contain different types of items representing different types of data, including:

  • Static Text. Caption for Editable Text.
  • Editable Text. Text strings or numbers. The insertion point for the text is contained in a rectangular field.
  • Check box. A square check box is a flag for a particular option. You may select none, any or all options. A check box with underlying data is located on an action button. Check boxes are always optional.
  • Choice Button. The circular choice buttons (Radio Buttons) indicate a choice of one item from a group of options. Only one option may be selected. A choice button located on an action button indicates underlying data. The selection of one of the choice buttons is mandatory.
  • Action Button. A rectangular action button controls dialog traversal (and therefore data structure). The OK and Cancel Action buttons are usually mapped to the "Enter" and “Esc” keys. A button item in a Job Control Dialog contains mandatory data.
  • Picture. A picture data item is an icon or a symbol used to promote rapid comprehension. It is not a dynamic item and is only representative of typical modeling scenarios.
  • Picture items are used extensively to symbolise physical attributes associated with the data.
  • Items are selected by using the mouse to position the pointer at an item then clicking or double clicking with the mouse button. You may also optionally move through the editable text box items by using the <Tab> and <Shift-Tab> keys.

  • Pressing the Enter key is the same as clicking the OK button.

  • Pressing the <Esc> key is the same as clicking the Cancel button.

  • Holding down the <Shift> key while clicking an action button that would normally cascade to an other dialog will only activate the Check Box or Choice Button and not cascade to underlying dialogs.