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Caption (Property)
In french: Libellé
In a database, the Caption property is used to:
• Find out the caption associated with a file item.
Remark: The item was created in the data model editor or through programming.
• Find out the caption associated with a data file.
Remark: The data file may have been created in the data model editor or through programming.
• Find out and modify the connection caption. The connection can correspond to:
In a report, the Caption property is used to get and change the text:
• of a Static control.
• of a Chart control.
In a window or page, the Caption property is also used to:
• Find out and modify the caption of a control in a window or in a page.
• Find out and modify the caption of a menu option.
• Find out and modify the title of a window or page.
• Get content of a Breadcrumb control.
Reminder: The initial caption of a control, window, page or menu option is defined in the editor during the object description.
Example
// Find out the caption associated with the Customer.Title item
ResCaption = Customer.Title.Caption
// Modify the text in the "STC_IntroControl" Static control
STC_IntroControl.Caption = "Hello" + Customer.FullName
// Equivalent to: STC_IntroControl.Caption = "Hello [%Customer.FullName%]"
// Change the button caption
IF WIN_Window1.Modified = True THEN
ELSE
END
Syntax

Finding out the caption associated with an item

<Result> = <Data file>.<Item>.Caption
<Result>: Integer
Item caption.
<Data file>: Character string
Logical name of the data file used.
<Item>: Character string
Name of the item used.

Finding out the text of caption associated with an element

<Result> = <Element used>.Caption
<Result>: Character string
Text displayed in the specified element.
<Element used>: Type of element
Name of the element to be used.

Modifying the text of caption associated with an element

<Element used>.Caption = <New text>
<Element used>: Type of element
Name of element to use.
<New text>: Character string
New text displayed in the specified element.
Remarks

Content of Static control

To retrieve the value of a control or the value of an item in a Static control:
• In the report editor: insert [%<Control name>%] or [%<Item name>%] directly into the caption of the control.
• In programming: there are two possible syntaxes with the Caption property:
• use directly the [%<Control name>%] or [%<Item name>%] string in the string that corresponds to the caption. For example:
STC_IntroControl.Caption = "Hello [%Customer.FullName%]"
• use the name of the control or the name of the item in the caption. For example:
STC_IntroControl.Caption = "Hello" + Customer.FullName

Equivalence

The Caption and Value properties are equivalent.
To retrieve the text of a Static control, the following syntaxes are equivalent:
ResCaption = <Static control>.Caption

ResCaption = <Static control>.Value

ResCaption = <Static control>
To modify the text displayed in a Static control, the following syntaxes are equivalent:
<Name of Static control>.Caption = <New text>

<Name of Static control>.Value = <New text>

<Name of Static control> = <New text>

Caption associated with a window or with a page

The caption associated with a window or with a page corresponds to the title of the window or to the title of the page. This title is returned by the Title property.

Text of a Static, Edit, Combo Box, List Box or ListView control

The control caption corresponds to the text of caption.
In a Static control, this text is returned by the Value property.
This property is available for a Static control only.

Text of with a table column

The text of a table column corresponds to the column title and is returned by the Title property.

Text of a Check Box or Radio Button control

The Caption property is used to get and change:
• the text of a Check Box or Radio Button control,
• the text of an option in the Check Box or Radio Button control.
To modify the caption of an option found in a Check box or Radio Button control:
<Control name>[<Index>].Caption = <New caption>
For example:
To modify the caption associated with a Check box or Radio Button control:
<Control name>.Caption = <New caption>
For example:
To retrieve the caption of an option:
<Control>[Index].Caption

Caption of a Check Box column in a Treeview Table control

When used on a Check Box column in a TreeView Table control, the Caption property can be used to get and change the text displayed next to the check box.

Caption associated with an Image control

The Caption property returns or replaces the current image with the image passed as parameter.
The Caption property has the same effect as assigning the name of the image to the control (Control = Image_Name).
The Image control includes a caption: the Caption property is used to change this text. If the new caption does not correspond to a valid image, the caption of the Image control is modified.

Caption associated with a button

The Caption property can have two actions:
• replace the image of the button (the name passed as parameter corresponds to an image file),
• return or replace the button caption (the text passed as parameter is not an image file name).
For example:
// Modify the image of a graphic button
BTN_Button1.Caption = "Help.BMP"

// Modify the caption of a text button
BTN_Button1.Caption = "New caption"
Remark: If the specified text contains the & character, the letter that follows & is interpreted as the shortcut of the control.
Remark: The caption of a Button control can be in RTF or not ("RTF" checked in the "General" tab of the control description).
• The caption may contain RTF tags when it is retrieved. To get the caption without the RTF tags, use RTFToText. For example:
MyCaption is string
MyCaption = RTFToText(BTN_Button.Caption)
• In edit mode, the text associated with the caption of the control can be in RTF text or not. The Button control will adapt automatically.
The Caption property can only be used on Text buttons. To modify the image of a fixed-image button, you have the ability to use Image in browser code.

Caption of a Tab control

The caption of a Tab control corresponds to the text of the button that is used to select the tab pane.

The Caption property is used to:
• get and change the text used to identify an element in the breadcrumbs. This caption was defined:
• in the page editor, when describing the control.
For example, if the Breadcrumb control contains "Photos >> Digital", the Caption property can be used to get and change each element in the breadcrumbs:
• get the full content of the breadcrumbs. For example:

The equivalence table is as follows:

Limitations

In a report, the Caption property can only be used on "Static" and "Link" controls.
In a window, the Caption property cannot be used on the following types of controls:
• Spin
• Scrollbar
The Caption property can be used on automatic calculation rows to modify the text of the calculation. For more details, see Programming automatic calculations in the columns of a Table control.
The Caption property applies only to the following elements:
• Button.
• Static.
• Edit control.
• Image.
• Check Box.
• List Box.
• Combo Box.
• TreeView.
• Tab.
• Window.
• Table.
• Table column.
The Caption property applies only to the following elements:
• Button control.
• Static control.
The Caption property is not available on Table controls. However, it is available for table columns.
Minimum version required
• Version 9