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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:36 am    Post subject: New Summary feature in RMIR Reply with quote

Many updates to RMIR add features or fix bugs that are of interest only to a small selection of users. Development build 7 of RMIR v2.08, available in the RMIR Development folder as an update to build 6, adds a new feature that I hope will be of interest to all users. This is the ability to create an HTML file that contains all the tabular data in the setup that is currently open in RMIR. The obsolete IR.exe that RMIR superseded had a summary facility but until now, RMIR had no equivalent feature. This is initially released in a development build as there are so many variations in possible setups that it is likely that there are still some bugs that need to be fixed. As this is a completely new feature, I would welcome all comments, whether they be positive or negative or suggestions for improvement, as well as bug reports.

What is present is a new item, Create Summary, on the File menu. Selecting this creates a file, summary.html, in your RMIR installation folder and then opens this with your default web browser. Here is what you should expect to see in the summary. The tables under all RMIR tabs should appear, in tab order, looking almost identical to their appearance in RMIR. If you have changed the order of the columns or sorted the rows in a table then those changes should be present also in the summary file. In case it is not generally known, many but not all tables in RMIR allow you to change the column order by dragging the column headers and to sort the rows on column data by clicking on the appropriate header. The summary file is self-contained, so it can be copied and/or renamed if you wish to retain it. If you do not do so then it will be overwritten without prompting when you next run the summary feature.

Please report any bugs, comments and suggestions in this thread.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: New Summary feature in RMIR Reply with quote

mathdon wrote:
The summary file is self-contained, so it can be copied and/or renamed if you wish to retain it. If you do not do so then it will be overwritten without prompting when you next run the summary feature.

One suggestion... why not use the name of the of the displayed RMIR file (if available) instead of the generic "summary.html"?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Pierson wrote:
One suggestion... why not use the name of the of the displayed RMIR file (if available) instead of the generic "summary.html"?

I anguished over what to do about the file name. I see three uses of the Summary feature, (1) to view the summary, (2) to print the summary, and (3) to save the summary. For (1) and (2) the file is a temporary file internal to RMIR whose name is not relevant. In build 7, (3) is possible but means knowing about the summary.html file and manually copying it. I wasn't happy with this, but it meant that (3) was possible.

Your suggestion automatically solves (3) as it always saves the file, presumably in the same folder as the RMIR file. The problem with it is that for uses (1) and (2) these files are not actually wanted by the user. I would have preferred to do what IR.exe does and give the user the option to save the summary if desired, but as the HTML file opens in the browser, I could not see a way to do this. But I think I have come up with a solution. For the next build I have turned the Summary item on the File menu into a submenu with two entries, Create summary and Save last summary. Create summary behaves as at present, creating the summary.html file in the installation folder and then opening it in the default browser. Save last summary opens a Save dialog to save the last created summary.html with whatever name and location is desired. This can be while the browser is open or at any time before another summary is created. The user never needs to be aware of the summary.html file, which will continue to be overwritten by subsequent summaries so that there is never more than one temporary file.

I hope you think this meets your concern, though not in the way you suggested.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mathdon wrote:
I hope you think this meets your concern, though not in the way you suggested.

I guess saving the summary might seem redundant so maybe the filename is irrelevant. Just thought that if users wanted to save it, a unique filename is better than a generic one. Your upcoming solution seems to be the best compromise.
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