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Hal ,
It can be done!

I don't know if it's dangerous or not, but the link on (when it's up) either had a link to 
another post or I found this by searching for "modal dialog" on that site.  This example 
( uses AWT, going through LO, to make windows.  You 
can't use the Dialog Designer in the LO IDE, but you get full control over your window.

I took this example, ran it, and it opened a window.  So I copied the code in the Main routine, 
pasted it in at the end of that routine, and it created another window with some differences I 
edited in.

So, as best I can tell, you can't create multiple dialog windows with "normal" dialogs in LO,

Yes you can, but it depends how you construct the dialog

1: Modal

here the dialog is opened and only after closing your code comes back to just behind the "excute", so al new dialogs (and other actions) have to been opened from a button on the first dialog, the user can only works in the last opened dialog....

2: Non Modal
    public bEnd1 as boolean
    Wait 100
    Loop while not bEnd1

here the dialog is opened and your code is avancing after the setting of bEnd1, the dialog is closed when setting bEnd1 to true.. The user can now working outside the dialog and open different dialogs ect..
every bEnd and every dialog object have to have different namens.
Minus is that Throbers an taskbars and time keeping not works because the machine is confused with the bEnd loops...
public bEnd2 as boolean
    Wait 100
    Loop while not bEnd2
3: AWT
   is non-modal and  Throbbers and task bars and time keeping are working

hope it helps

but you can do it if you use the AWT toolkit.

But for my own stuff - this got me thinking about what I wanted to do and in that time I've had to 
think, I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't just use my other idea, which would store notes in a 
LO document and on the computer hard drive, too - it'd basically be a stick notes program that 
integrates with LO so notes can be associated with a document.  But that's just a side not that, in 
the time it took to research this, I may have found a different way to do things that doesn't need 
two dialogs open at once.


On Feb 25, 2013, at 7:01 PM, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <> wrote:

On 02/25/2013 01:52 PM, Hal Vaughan wrote:
I've been experimenting because I want to write a sticky-note program that will allow a user to 
write sticky notes that accompany a document.  When you switch from one document window to another, 
the notes from the 1st would close and the notes from the 2nd would open (if you've already opened 

The problem I'm running into is that if I display a dialog (with oDialog.setVisible(True)), I can 
display one, but then the next one I try to display doesn't appear.  I even tried to display a 
dialog then put up a message box, and that won't work.

Is this a limit with LO BASIC?  Can only one dialog be open at a time?  Or is there a way to get 
around this?

(I'm thinking if I can't, then I might write a program in another language to do this, but that 
would be tougher and would be like almost any sticky note program.)


THis link used to have something useful, so, if this forum is up, it should be useful!

Andrew Pitonyak
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