Dialog - Input

Declaration

<AMSHOWDIALOG ACTIVITY="input" MESSAGE="text" DEFAULTVALUE="text" RESULTVARIABLE="text" WINDOWTITLE="text" MAXLENGTH="number" XPOS="number" YPOS="number" ICON="text (options)" DEFAULTBUTTON="number (options)" ONCANCEL="text (options)" ONCANCELTASK="text" COUNTDOWNDELAY="number" MEASURE="text (options)" MASKINPUT="YES/NO" />

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Description

Displays an input dialog allowing the user to enter a specific text value during runtime. The value is saved to the variable specified. Execution is paused while the task waits for a value to be entered. A default value can be specified in case no value is entered.

Practical Usage

Useful for asking a question that requires a text response at runtime. Can be used to make decisions during task execution. For example, if value 1 is entered, continue to the next step; if value 2 is entered, end the task.

Parameters

General

Property

Type

Required

Default

Markup

Description

Message to display

Text

Yes

(Empty)

MESSAGETEXT="What's your answer to the question?"

The text message to be displayed in the input box during runtime. This is usually a question that the user should input an answer to.

Default value

Text

No

(Empty)

DEFAULTVALUE="theValue"

The default text value that should appear in the input box. Setting a default value (when possible) allows task execution to continue in case no user interaction occurs. This parameter is optional.  

Maximum length of string

Number

No

Disabled

MAXLENGTH="30"

If enabled, specifies the maximum characters the user can enter in the input box. This prevents users from entering invalid data (such as entering more than 5 digits in a zip code field).

Populate variable with value entered

Text

No

(Empty)

RESULTVARIABLE="varname"

The name of an existing variable to be populated with the text that the user entered as a response to the message.

Mask input

Yes/No

No

No

MASKINPUT="YES"

If set to YES, allows the text being entered in the input box to be masked in real-time (i.e. ######). This is useful if the user is entering a password or other sensitive data. This parameter is set to NO by default.

Title of message box

Text

No

(Empty)

WINDOWTITLE="QUESTION"

The title that should appear in the title bar of the input box.

Bring dialog to front

Yes/No

No

Yes

WINDOWINFRONT="NO"

If set to YES, specifies that the input box will appear in front of all other open windows. This parameter is set to YES by default.

Buttons

Property

Type

Required

Default

Markup

Description

Button selected by default

Number

No

0

  1. DEFAULTBUTTON="0"

  2. DEFAULTBUTTON="1"

The number associated with the button that should be automatically selected if no user interaction is applied within the time limit specified in the Automatically select the default button after parameter (below). The OK button correlates with "0" and the Cancel button correlates with "1". Setting a default button allows task execution to continue in case no user interaction occurs. The default value is "0".

On cancel

Text (Options)

No

Stop

  1. ONCANCEL="continue"

  2. ONCANCEL="stop"

  3. ONCANCEL="fail"

  4. ONCANCEL="start_task"

  5. ONCANCEL="set_variable"

Specifies how this activity should react if the Cancel button is selected . The available options are:

  • Continue - The task will continue to the next step.

  • Stop (default) - The task will stop. No error is generated.

  • Fail - The task will fail with an error.  

  • Start a task - Another task will start.

  • Set a variable - The specified variable will be set to a particular value.

Task to start

Text

Yes if On cancel parameter is set to Start a task

(Empty)

ONCANCELTASK="task_name"

The path and filename of the AutoMate task (.aml) file to start if the Cancel button is selected. Click the folder icon to navigate to the desired task file or enter the path and file name manually in the provided text box. This parameter is available only if the On cancel parameter is set to Start a task.

Variable name

Text

Yes if On cancel parameter is set to Set variable

(Empty)

ONCANCELVARNAME="var1"

The name of the variable whose value to set. This parameter is available only of the On cancel parameter is set to Set a variable.

Variable value

Text

Yes if On cancel parameter is set to Set variable

(Empty)

ONCANCELVARVALUE="value"

The value to set the variable to. This parameter is available only of the On cancel parameter is set to Set a variable.

Automatically select the default button after

Number

No

Disabled

COUNTDOWNDELAY="10"

If enabled, specifies the amount (numeric value) of time that should elapse before the default button is selected as specified in the Button selected by default parameter. If this parameter is disabled, the input box is displayed indefinitely. This parameter is disabled by default.

Measure

Text (Options)

No

Seconds

  1. MEASURE="milliseconds"

  2. MEASURE="seconds"

  3. MEASURE="minutes"

  4. MEASURE="hours"

Denotes the time measurement to associate with the value entered in the Automatically select the default button after parameter. The available options are:

  • Milliseconds - Time measurement is set to milliseconds.

  • Seconds (Default) - Time measurement is set to seconds.

  • Minutes  - Time measurement is set to minutes.

  • Hours  - Time measurement is set to hours.

Populate variable with value entered

Text

No

(Empty)

RESULTVARIABLE="varname"

The name of an existing variable to be populated with the text that the user entered as a response to the message.

Mask input

Yes/No

No

No

MASKINPUT="YES"

If set to YES, allows the text being entered in the input box to be masked in real-time. This is useful when the user is entering a password or other sensitive data.

Title of message box

Text

No

(Empty)

WINDOWTITLE="QUESTION"

The title that should appear in the title bar of the input box.

Bring dialog to front

Yes/No

No

Yes

WINDOWINFRONT="NO"

If set to YES, specifies that the input box will appear in front of all other open windows. This parameter is set to YES by default.

advanced

Property

Type

Required

Default

Markup

Description

Position

Text

 (Options)

No

Center of screen

  1. POSITION="center"

  2. POSITION="upper_left"

  3. POSITION="lower_left"

  4. POSITION="upper_right"

  5. POSITION="lower_left"

  6. POSITION="custom"

The screen position in which to display the input dialog. The available options are:

  • Center of screen (default) - The input dialog will be displayed at the center of the screen.

  • Upper left corner of screen - The input dialog will be displayed at the upper left of the screen.

  • Lower left corner of screen - The input dialog will be displayed at the lower left of the screen.

  • Upper right corner of screen - The input dialog will be displayed at the upper right of the screen.

  • Lower right corner of screen - The input dialog will be displayed at the lower right of the screen.

  • Custom location - The input dialog will be displayed at the specified X,Y coordinates.

Window coordinates (X)

Number

Yes if position is set to custom location

(Empty)

XPOS="55"

The X (horizontal) coordinates of the position that the upper left corner of the input dialog should be displayed on the screen. To capture X coordinates using your mouse, enable the Capture mouse position (press Space to capture) option, move the mouse cursor to the desired location on the screen and press Space on your keyboard to capture the position. This parameter is available only if the Position parameter is set to Custom location.

Window coordinates (Y)

Number

Yes if position is set to custom location

(Empty)

YPOS="55"

The Y (vertical) coordinates of the position that the upper left corner of the input box should be displayed on the screen. To capture Y coordinates using your mouse, enable the Capture mouse position (press Space to capture) option, move the mouse cursor to the desired location on the screen and press Space on your keyboard to capture the position. This parameter is available only if the Position parameter is set to Custom location.

Dialog title icon

Text

(Options)

No

(Empty)

  1. ICON="none"

  2. ICON="information"

  3. ICON="exclamation"

  4. ICON="question"

  5. ICON="stop"

Specifies the icon that should be displayed next to the title. This helps to determine what type of message is being displayed. The available options are:

  • None (default) - No icon is displayed.

  • Information - An information icon is displayed.

  • Exclamation point: An exclamation point icon is displayed.

  • Question : A question mark icon is displayed.

  • Stop - A stop sign icon is displayed.

 

Description

Error Causes

On Error

Examples

NOTE: The sample AML code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps panel of the Task Builder.

Sample 1

A simple task that saves the text entered in an input box to a variable and later displays it in a message box.

 

<AMVARIABLE NAME="textEntered"></AMVARIABLE>

<AMSHOWDIALOG ACTIVITY="input" RESULTVARIABLE="textEntered" WINDOWTITLE="ENTER TEXT">Please enter some text here.</AMSHOWDIALOG>

<AMSHOWDIALOG WINDOWTITLE="TEXT ENTERED">The text that was entered: %textEntered%</AMSHOWDIALOG>

 

Sample 2

A more complex task that demonstrates use of the Input Dialog and Message Dialog. Also demonstrates use of variables, BASIC Script, IF/End if activities and expressions.

 

<AMVARIABLE NAME="theanswer" DESCRIPTION=""></AMVARIABLE>

<AMSCRIPT>Function SquareNumber(thenum)

SquareNumber = thenum * thenum

End Function</AMSCRIPT>

<AMSHOWDIALOG ACTIVITY="input" RESULTVARIABLE="theanswer">What number would you like to square?</AMSHOWDIALOG>

<AMIF EXPRESSION="IsNumeric(theanswer) = true">

     <AMSHOWDIALOG>The number %theanswer% squared  is %SquareNumber(theanswer)%</AMSHOWDIALOG>

<AMELSE />

     <AMSHOWDIALOG>The text "%theanswer%" is not a valid number. Please re-run and enter a valid number.</AMSHOWDIALOG>

</AMIF>

 

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