Some screens need to be identified using Metrics settings. Metrics settings use the position of elements on the screen for identification. This is useful when screens and their controls cannot easily be identified. The following instructions are an example of how to enable a Windows-based screen using non-standard methods.
- In Application Enabler Configuration, click New Win-Screen.
Click the screen you want to enable. Some screens will not allow you to click on the whole screen. In these instances, you must click on, or enable, a control within the screen. In the example below, the entire Members tab cannot be selected, so you would select the First Name field:
- Click View Window Info Tree.
- Move up the tree until you find the control with the name of the screen you want to enable. To verify that it is the correct control, right-click on the control and select Highlight. Right-click on the proper control in the window tree and select Use Selected Window.
- Click Configure Mapping Rules.
- On the Window ID tab, clear the Use window id when comparing against this window check box.
- On the Metrics tab, select the Horizontal Location and Vertical Location check boxes.
The controls on the screen are set to be identified by the location on the screen using horizontal and vertical coordinates. In some instances, you may want only to identify controls by the horizontal location or the vertical location.
As with standard configurations, you must configure the keyword associations. For further information, see Enabling Windows Applications.
After completing the configuration process and returning to the AEConfig dialog box:
- Click Configure.
- On the General tab, select Use tabbing for scraping keywords.
- Click OK.
The Use tabbing for scraping keywords check box is used with applications like Microsoft Access. This type of application has a single floating active control; therefore, this is the only control that can be uniquely identified by Application Enabler. Application Enabler uses the tab order and the floating control to navigate to each keyword location. It grabs the value and moves to the next control in the tab order until all keyword locations have been tabbed to. At that point, Application Enabler knows what value you clicked on and will return the documents for that screen based on the value specified.