You can do this portion without a web server

Updated: 6/7/01

The web server portion (another page) takes a fair amount of setup. However, you can still play and experiment with SCGUI without connecting to a web server. This page describes how and gives sample experiments.

Launching the SCGUI Browser

Running the "scgui.vbp" VB project file from VB will start the SCGUI browser. (You don't need the Python script for these experiments.) It should be in the same file that you un-zipped the demo file into. This demo assumes you un-zipped to a directory called "c:\scgui".

The SCGUI browser console

Here is a brief description of important parts of the browser.

Try This At Home

Included with the demo are two test XML files. One is called "test1.xml" and the other is "test2.xml". They produce nearly identical results. The primary difference is that one uses the original XML format and one uses the "Chilly" format. (They are based on the examples given on the specification page, but not identical.)

To run one, make sure the "Message File Path" has the proper path in it (see above). Then type "test1.xml" or "test2.xml" into the "Test File" box. Then press the "Use Test File" button.

A sample login screen

The result should resemble this screen image. Note that you may have to select the content window to bring it to front. Changing a property will not bring a form to the front unless you change/set it's "visible" property to "yes" or "true".

Changing Widget Content

Type the circled settings into the settings boxes and press Set Value.

The check-box is toggled

This should un-check the "Save Password" check-box. Try it again, this time putting "yes" in the Value box. This should bring the check-mark back.

Changing Widget Properties

This example shows how you can change the alignment of widgets.

Shifting a label to the right

Try "left" and "center" also. Note that our example XML did not specify a label width. An explicit label width that is longer than the default may make the effect more pronounced.

Changing Form Properties

Here, we change the width of the form. Note the use of "form" in the "Widget ID" box.

Changing the width of a form

All forms and widgets are scaled in terms of screen pixels.

Changing Widget Content II

Changing Content of the "Username" field

Try your own name now. (If your name is already Bob, then try your friend's name. If you have no friends, then the computer field is perfect for you.)

Creating a new widget

Enter the following settings into the "Manual Settings" panel. Don't forget to press the "Set Value" button after each set.

Form ID form1 form1 form1 form1 form1
Widget ID newthing newthing newthing newthing newthing
Attribute widgettype x y visible content
Value textbox 2 2 yes I made one!

Creating your own widget

Note that you must specify the "widgettype" before entering any other attribute for a given widget.

An interesting thing about SCGUI is that all form communication can be reduced to just these four fields (Form-ID, Widget-ID, Attribute, and Value). This can simply communications logging, debugging, and automated scripting.

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