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Info Parts [AX 2012]

Updated: June 13, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

An info part is a type of part that you use to add a collection of fields and values to the FactBox pane of a form, or the preview pane of a list page. An info part that appears in the FactBox pane of a form is called a FactBox. You can use an info part in both the client and Enterprise Portal (EP).

To appear in both the client and EP, the info part uses metadata that the client and EP can interpret and show as a FactBox or preview pane. You use the properties of the info part to supply values for the metadata model. Typically, you use an info part to show a collection of data fields from a query. The use of metadata does limit the flexibility you have to customize the appearance of an info part. You use an info part to create the following types of FactBoxes:

  • A collection of data field names and values.

  • A small data grid that shows a list of records.

Info parts are located in the Parts node of the AOT. To create an info part, you add a part to the Info Parts node and then populate the properties of the info part. For example, you use the Name property to uniquely identify the info part. You use the Caption property to specify the label that appears in the title bar of the FactBox. However, an info part that appears in the preview pane should leave the Caption property blank. For more information about how to create an info part, see How to: Create an Info Part.

You use the Query property of the info part to specify the query that will be used to retrieve the data that appears in the FactBox or preview pane. The query should include data sources that you use to add the data fields that appear in the FactBox pane or preview pane. The query can have more than one data source, and each group in an info part can use a different data source.

To update the data in the info part every time a different record is displayed in the form, you must have a dynamic link between the form data source and the info part query. A dynamic link creates a relationship between the data source of the form and the query that is the data source of the info part. To use a dynamic link for the form and info part, you create a relationship between the main form data source table and the query data source table. Typically, the form data source table includes a table relation that specifies the relationship to the table that is the data source for the info part. If the table relation exists, the info part uses the dynamic link and does not require any additional configuration. For more information about dynamic links, see How to: Link Two Forms by Using Dynamic Links.

When you add an info part to the FactBox pane of a form, the dynamic link between the form data source and the part data source is created. If a dynamic link between the form data source and the part data source does not exist, the data in the info part does not update when you display a different record in the form.

You use the objects and properties of the Layout node to specify the appearance of the info part. You use the Layout node to add groups and fields to the info part. You use the ShowMore and ShowMoreDataSource properties to have a hyperlink labeled More appear at the bottom of a FactBox.

Caution noteCaution

You should set ShowMore to Yes only if ShowMoreDataSource specifies a data source. If ShowMoreDataSource is empty and you set ShowMore to Yes, the More link appears at the bottom of the FactBox but is inactive.

A group is an object that contains one or more fields. All the fields that appear in an info part must be a member of a group. When you add a group, you should consider the values for the following properties.

Property

Description

Caption

Select the label that appears at the top of the group in the info part. If you do not want a group label, you can leave the property blank.

ShowCaption

Specify whether the caption appears in the info part. The default value is No.

Repeating

Specify whether the data fields appear as a list in a data grid. The default value is No.

DataSource

Select the data source from the query that includes the data fields that appear in the group. If you do not want to specify a data source for the group, you can leave the property empty.

Caution noteCaution

The ShowWhenPartSize property of a Group is not used and should not be set. Any value specified for this property is ignored.

A field is an object that shows a data value in an info part. When you add a field, you should consider the values for the following properties.

Property

Description

DataSource

Select the data source from the query that includes the data field you want to add to the group.

DataField

Specify the data field that has the value that you want to appear in the info part. If you specify a data field, you cannot use a data method.

DataMethod

Specify the method that returns the value that you want to appear in the info part. If you specify a method, you cannot use a data field.

Label

Select the label that appears with the data value. If you leave this property blank, the info part uses the label from the data source.

Style

Specify the text style to use with the field. The default is Auto. You should use TitleField when the data value is used as the title for a preview pane.

You use the Actions node of an info part to add a link that opens a related form. You initiate an action when you click a link that appears in the info part. Actions are optional, and many info parts do not include an action. An info part can have more than one action link.

To add an action to an info part, you use the properties of the Action object to specify a menu item that opens a form. You must supply values for the following Action object properties.

Property

Description

MenuItemType

Select the type of menu item. For example, click Display to see the list of Display menu items in the MenuItemName property.

MenuItemName

Select the menu item you use to open the related form. The info part uses the label from the menu item to create the link text that appears in the FactBox or preview pane.

An info part includes a set of security permissions that you use to configure security. For more information about how to help secure an info part, see Security Permissions Properties for an Info Part.


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