I am developing an application that automates government-defined forms, and have defined the forms using DataWindows. For items such as MALE/FEMALE, YES/NO, etc., I have used radio buttons. But I have been notified that in order to gain approval on these forms, my radio buttons should be squares instead of circles. Is this possible in PB 5.0, and if not, are there any other options? The platform is Windows NT 3.51 as well as Windows 3.1
The default look for radio buttons in Windows is round. A
square shape is used to represent a checkbox. It may be possible that
when your forms were reviewed, the reviewer meant that they should be
checkboxes instead of radio buttons. I strongly advise against
changing this, because one of the major benefits of a GUI is that things
should work the same from application to application.
However, if this is not the case and you must change the look and you
have used DataWindow for your forms, you can fake the radio button
to look like anything you want, including squares.
You will need to draw small bitmaps that look like the empty
and filled radio buttons. Then place a computed column over the top of
the displayed radio button. Make the computed column an expression that
returns a bitmap, and based on the value of the column return the correct
bitmap( col1 = 'Y', 'open.bmp', 'close.bmp' )
Then when the user clicks on the bitmap, the radio button will change its
value and the bitmap display will change.