Contributor: SWAG SUPPORT TEAM        


This document contains information that is most often provided
to users of this section.  There is a listing of common
Technical Information Documents that can be downloaded from the
libraries, and a listing of the five most frequently asked
questions and their answers.
TI1203   Using Validators in OWL Applications
TI1262   Installation notes regarding Turbo Debugger for Windows
TI1171   Borland problem report form
TI607    Description and illustration of printing in Windows
TI992    Demonstration of collections and listboxes in Windows

Q.   "Why do I get 'Application Error -1' when my dialog tries
     to execute?"

A.   This error is basically a "Failure to create dialog" error.
     Most often it is caused by one of two things:

     1.  Failure to include "BWCC" in your USES clause.  If you
         designed a dialog in Resource Workshop using the 
         Borland "look and feel", you need to include "BWCC" in
         your USES clause.

     2.  Incorrect dialog identifier passed to dialog's Init
         method.  Make sure the identifier you are passing to
         the dialog's Init method is the same one you are using
         in Resource Workshop.

Q.   "How can I obtain the latest copy of BWCC.DLL?"

A.   Download BWCC.ZIP from library 2.

Q.   "What causes the 'Data Segment too large' compiler error?
     How do I get rid of it?"

A.   This error occurs when your application has more than 64K
     of information that it is trying to put into your
     application's data segment.  Note that you only have one 64K
     data segment to work with, so you should manage this memory
     judiciously. The following data is kept in an Object Windows
     application's data segment:

          * All global variables
          * All typed constants
          * Stack
          * Local Heap (used internally by Windows)
          * Virtual Method Table

     To avoid this error, you should take the following steps:

          * Avoid large global variables.  Try instead declaring
            larger variables on the heap using New() or
            GetMem(), and keeping a pointer to that variable

          * Keep your stack down to a reasonable size.  16K is
            usually a good amount for most applications.

          * Avoid making functions in your objects Virtual
            unless they have to be; this will reduce the size of
            the Virtual Method Table.

Q.   "How can I enable or disable a particular control in a
     dialog box?

A.   Use the EnableWindow(Wnd: Hwnd, Enable: Bool) API function. 
     It takes two parameters, the handle to the window (remember
     a control is a window) to be enabled/disabled and a boolean
     value - True for enable and False for disable.

Q.   "How do I obtain the handle or ID of a control?" 

A.   If you have a pointer to a control object, OWL will give
     you the window handle automatically through the HWindow
     field; PointerToMyControl^.HWindow is the window handle.

     If you know the handle of a control, you can obtain the ID
     by calling the GetDlgCtrlID() API function:

        ControlID := GetDlgCtrlID(ControlHandle);

     If you don't have a pointer to your control, but know the
     ID of a control, you can obtain the handle by calling the
     GetDlgItem() API function:

        ControlHandle := GetDlgItem(DialogHandle, ControlID);
Q.   "How can I put Object Windows objects in a DLL?"

A.   OWL was not designed to be used in a DLL.  Some users have
     managed to get this to work in some cases, but it is not a
     practice that Borland recommends.  For info on launching 
     windows and dialogs from a DLL without OWL, download
     APIDLL.PAS from library 2.

Q.   "Can a TFileWindow object edit files larger than 64K?"

A.   No.  A TFileWindow is really just a multi-line edit control
     that takes up the whole client area.  An edit control's
     buffer is allocated from the local heap, and therefore is 
     usually much smaller than 32K.  If you would like to have 
     more buffer space, download GLBEDT.ZIP from library 8 - this
     file provides you with a greater buffer for the TEdit and
     TFileWindow objects.

Q.   "How do I apply to become a beta tester for a future
     Borland Pascal product?"

A.   Download SURVEY.ZIP from library 2.