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Highlighting

With highlighting, M!Table provides an easy way to highlight certain table items ( e.g. a cell or a column header ) with another color ( background and/or text color ), font enhancement or image.

Highlightings are neither printed nor exported.
A defined highlighting color ( e.g. background color ) supersedes the appropriate selection color.

In the first step, the highlighting settings for the different item types/parts must be defined with MTblDefineHighlighting.
Then, to set or remove the highlighted state for an item, call MTblSetHighlighted.

Along with the notification messages MTM_MouseEnterItem and MTM_MouseLeaveItem, it's also possible to easily generate hot tracking effects ( see hints and tips below ).

Functions
MTblDefineHighlighting
MTblQueryHighlighting
MTblGetEffHighlighting

MTblSetHighlighted
MTblIsHighlighted

Classes
fcMTblHiLiDef

Supported item types/parts and highlighting settings

Item type

Item part

Affected items

Supported highlighting settings of fcMTblHiLiDef

BackColor

TextColor

FontEnh

Image

ImageExp

MTBL_ITEM_CELL

MTBL_PART_UNDEF

Cells

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MTBL_ITEM_CELL

MTBL_PART_NODE

Tree nodes of cells

Yes

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Yes

Yes

MTBL_ITEM_COLUMN

MTBL_PART_UNDEF

Whole columns

Yes

Yes

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---

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MTBL_ITEM_COLHDR

MTBL_PART_UNDEF

Column headers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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MTBL_ITEM_COLHDRGRP

MTBL_PART_UNDEF

Column header groups

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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MTBL_ITEM_ROW

MTBL_PART_UNDEF

Whole rows

Yes

Yes

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MTBL_ITEM_ROWHDR

MTBL_PART_UNDEF

Row headers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MTBL_ITEM_ROWHDR

MTBL_PART_NODE

Tree nodes of row headers

Yes

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Yes

Yes

MTBL_ITEM_CORNER

MTBL_PART_UNDEF

Corner

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Hints and tips

Generate hot tracking effects
Let's say you want to highlight the row beneath the mouse pointer with another background color.
This can be achieved as follows:

  1. Enable extended messages with MTblEnableExtMsgs ( so that the messages MTM_MouseEnterItem and MTM_MouseLeaveItem are sent )
    and define ( with MTblDefineHighlighting ) the background color that shall be used to highlight rows :
    ...
    Window Variables:
     fcMTblHiLiDef: HiLiDef
     fcMTblItem: oItem
    ...
    On SAM_Create
     ...
     ! Enable extended messages
     Call MTblEnableExtMsgs( hWndForm, TRUE )
     ! Set the highlight background color for rows to a light orange
     Call HiLiDef.Init( )
     HiLiDef.BackColor = SalColorFromRGB( 255, 192, 128 )
     Call MTblDefineHighlighting( hWndForm, MTBL_ITEM_ROW, MTBL_PART_UNDEF, HiLiDef, 0 )
     ...
  2. On MTM_MouseEnterItem, check if the mouse pointer has entered a row. If yes, highlight the entered row:
    On MTM_MouseEnterItem
     ! Determine if a row has been entered
     Call MTblGetItem( hWndForm, lParam, oItem )
     If oItem.Type = MTBL_ITEM_ROW
       ! Highlight the row
       Call MTblSetHighlighted( oItem, TRUE )
  3. On MTM_MouseLeaveItem, check if the mouse pointer has left a row. If yes, remove highlighting from that row:
    On MTM_MouseLeaveItem
     ! Determine if a row has been left
     Call MTblGetItem( hWndForm, lParam, oItem )
     If oItem.Type = MTBL_ITEM_ROW
       ! Remove the highlighting
       Call MTblSetHighlighted( oItem, FALSE )

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