Summary of the new features of Q&A 5.0 for DOS
Version 5.0 boasts a number of new features requested by users world-wide
including an XPOST facility to write data to and set up relations between
external Q&A databases. It also supports a number of new programming
functions that improve the user interface of Q&A applications.
NEW PROGRAMMING COMMANDS
Q&A 5.0 for DOS give users greater control and flexibility in programming
databases with an additional 20 programming commands. These new commands can be
the user interfaceUsers can add Message boxes, Picklists, Yes/No dialog
boxes and sounds. Colour can be added to backgrounds text and fields, and
field text can be controlled programmatically|
|Exchange information between databasesQ&A 5.0 lets users modify
fields in other databases with many new Lookup commands.|
The new programming capabilities cover context, text, user, and lookup
@MODIFIED Indicates if changes have been made to the current record.
@INSERT Loads a Q&A or ASCII text file into a database field.
@PLAY Used to generate acoustic signals on the PC's internal speaker.
@COLOR Temporarily changes the text and background colours of a field.
@MSGBOX Displays a three-string message.
@ASKUSER Displays a three-string message and asks user for a response.
@SAVE Saves the current record and moves on to the next record.
@EXIT Saves changes in the current record and exits the data entry
@FEDIT Starts the field editor for the current field.
@SHELL Starts a file that runs under DOS or an internal DOS command.
@MACRO Runs a macro.
REM Comments on the Q&A program for documentation purposes.
USERSELECT Displays a selection list of character strings; assigns the
selected entry to a target field.
@USERSELECT Displays a selection list of character strings and returns the
XUSERSELECT Displays a selection list of the contents of a field in an
external database; assigns the selected entry to a target field.
XUSERSELECTR Displays a selection list of the contents of a field in an
external database, allowing a specified value range. If an entry is selected,
the contents of the external data field is assigned to a target field.
@XUSERSELECT Displays a selection list of the contents of a field in an
external database, returning the selected entry or a blank string.
@XUSERSELECTR Displays a selection list of the contents of a field in an
external database, allowing a specified value range. Returns the selected
entry or a blank string.
XPOST Allows a value to be entered in a field in a record in an external
database. The value can be linked with the current value of the target field
using the operations ADD, SUB, MUL, or DIV.
XPOSTR Allows a value to be entered in a field in a record in an external
database. If no records contain the key word, the statement edits the record
containing the nearest key word. The value can be linked with the current
value of the target field using the operations ADD, SUB, MUL, or DIV.
OTHER NEW FEATURES
The Clipboard and Calculator
Q&A's new Clipboard makes it easy to transfer text between the
database, word processor and calculator. Users can also copy and paste
information between the fields in the database. With the Calculator, users can
perform manual calculations and paste numbers to and from the database.
The Start Menu
The new Start Menu makes it easy to launch Q&A and start from where the
user left off in the last session. This is useful if the user regularly works
in the same database or wants to continue working on the last-opened document.
The new colour support in Q&A 5.0 for DOS gives users greater
flexibility in designing the look of their databases. Colour can be applied to
each field in the form as well as to background text and field labels. There
are many opportunities for using colour effectively. For example, the
consistent use of colour can define functional blocks on standard company
Launching External Programs
Users can now launch other programs from within Q&A including other
applications or DOS commands such as TYPE or DIR. In previous versions of
Q&A, users could not call external programs from outside the Main menu,
nor could they call normal DOS commands or features. Now, in addition to the
Main Menu, external programs are available from within the database and the
word processor. It also supports DOS commands and special parameters for
transferring information between Q&A and the command line.
Using images with Q&A 5.0
Q&A 5.0 supports a new field type: Bitmap. This allows you to store
graphic images in a database.
& Consultancy would like to point out that the new facility to
store images in a QA5 database is not sophisticated. A Windows database such as Q&A for Windows is more
suitable for storing graphics
Help for visually impaired users
Q&A 5.0 for DOS has a start-up mode especially for vision-impaired
users. If required, all screens including on-line help can carry a flashing
cursor for driving single-line Braille output.
Rows in cross-tab reports increased
In Q&A 4.0, cross-tabs with a maximum size of 100 rows and 100 columns
could be created. In Q&A 5.0, this maximum setting has been increased to
500 rows with 100 columns each, depending on the amount of memory available.
Header and footer programming
In Q&A 5.0, you can now incorporate programming commands into the
three-line headers and footers that are printed, for example, with columnar
reports and cross-tab reports.
You can also access derived columns in columnar reports. When you define a
report, you can define up to 16 derived columns. You can incorporate the data
from these columns in headers and footers.
Interoperability with Q&A for windows
Q&A 5.0 for DOS includes an update for Q&A for Windows. The update
will modify Q&A for Windows so that it can access the databases updated or
created by Q&A 5.0 for DOS.
New keystroke combinations
Q&A now supports the keystrokes Ctrl-PgUp and Ctrl-PgDn in columnar and
cross-tab report displays to enable you to move to the beginning or end of the
This information is supplied by Symantec Corporation. Keyword Software
cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information or
for the performance of any of the features described.
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