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Changing button and parameter hintsPlantStudio reads button and parameter hints from two files, Hints.tab and Parameters.tab. You can change these hints to remind yourself of important things about buttons or parameters. The spreadsheet you use to edit the hints and parameters files must be able to input and output tab-delimited files, and it must handle text strings longer than 256 characters. We used Microsoft Excel 97 to work on the parameter and hints files, so we recommend using that program (though other programs might also work fine). We don't recommend using a word processor. CAUTION: Always make a backup file. PlantStudio doesn't do much error-checking when it reads the hints and parameters files. If PlantStudio chokes when starting up (it might give you a cryptic error), go back to your backup file and try again. To change a button hint,
Open or import the hints file in a spreadsheet.
Using the name column, find the item you want to change the hint for. These names are from the program's source code, so they might be a little difficult to match up with the actual items. But look at the form column (the window they are on) and the type column (the type of interface item), and you should be able to find the item you want.
Change the text in the shortHint and/or longHint column for that row. DO NOT leave the hint cell blank. To remove a hint, place the text "(none)" in the cell.
Save or export the hints file as tab-delimited text. To change a parameter hint,
Open or import the parameters file in a spreadsheet.
Using the name column, find the parameter you want to change the hint for.
Find the hint column (way at the end). Change the text in that column and row.
DO NOT leave the hint cell blank. To remove a hint, place the text "(none)" in the cell.
Save or export the parameters file as tab-delimited text.
Updated: March 10, 1999. Questions/comments on site to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright © 1998, 1999 Paul D. Fernhout & Cynthia F. Kurtz.