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Documentation Update Release Note

To make it even easier to keep up with what’s new in 4D documentation, these release notes point out the latest corrections and changes in the online documentation that you may have missed. They highlight updated information that is not covered by our regular upgrade manuals.
The edits included are sometimes due to documentation errors (rare as they may be), or are just to provide additional details that were missing. 


4D Language Reference manual

Print margin commands

The SET PRINTABLE MARGIN and GET PRINTABLE MARGIN commands used to manage printing margins now indicate that they also apply to PRINT SELECTION and

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    Release notes keep you up to date on recent corrections and changes in the online documentation that you may have missed. The edits covered are sometimes due to documentation errors, or are just to provide additional details. These notes include updated information that may not be covered in our regular upgrade manuals.




    4D Language Reference manual

    Compiler directives

    In the Using Compiler Directives section, we added a table of default values for variables typed by means of compiler directives.

    Nytt program för kontinuerliga leveranser: Vad händer med dokumentationen?

    Vi håller på att anpassa 4D:s dokumentation till programmet för kontinuerliga leveranser för 4D-applikationer. Så här gör vi.


    4D Doc Center


    Vi har lagt till en ny "4D v14 R2"-flik i Dokumentationscenter. Den innehåller manualen "4D v14 R2 - Upgrade" och all 4D- dokumentation som benämns "R2". Utvecklarna som använder 4D v14 R2 kommer med andra ord under den här fliken att ha tillgång till all 4D-dokumentation de behöver.

    Oops! We spoke a little too soon!

    The documentation got a little ahead of itself: in the 4D addendum v12.1, we announced a reorganization of 4D HTML tags, with the arrival of the 4D TEXT and 4DHTML tags (see section Renaming 4D HTML tags).


    Unfortunately, although this new feature is expected in the very near future, it was not integrated in the first public version of 4D 12.1. So don’t go around filling your Web pages with 4DTEXT and 4DHTML tags just yet, 4D won’t recognize them! We’ve added a note to the addendum to explain that these tags will actually be implemented in the next version of 4D v12, in other words 12.2 (and 12.1 Hotfix 1 for Partners).


    New 4D v12 "Design Reference" manual

    A major work of the 4D documentation, the “Design Reference” manual is now available in dynamic HTML format in the 4D Doc Center. Completely revised and updated for version 12.1, this manual describes the entire 4D design environment, from the Structure editor to the Application builder, including every major element such as the Form editor and the Maintenance and Security Center.


    This manual now enjoys all the benefits of 4D Doc Center interactivity including advanced features like associating custom key words with topics. Also, searches throughout the 4D documentation will be enhanced by including results from this manual. For example, searching for the word “menu” will now return articles describing the Menu editor in the Design environment in addition to commands from the Menu theme of the Language Reference manual.


    To access the "v12 Design Refence" now, click here.


    We hope that this manual will meet your documentation needs for the 4D development workshop. Please feel free to share with us any remarks or suggestions for improvements.


    The Documentation Team

    For the diehard PDF fans among you

    Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce that 4D documentation is now available in PDF format. You can download PDF versions from the Doc Center homepage or directly on our FTP site.


    For the time being, only the international English, French and German versions of the 4D v12 documentation are available in PDF. The procedure used to extract and convert the data into PDF manuals is still in the development stage and may need some additional improvement.


    Please keep in mind that PDF versions are static by nature, and that any information they contain may have already been updated in the live HTML version, which remains the reference documentation.



    The 4D Documentation team

    Your own personal doc

    4D Doc Center is constantly changing so as to better meet the needs of 4D developers.  Already, several new functions are available so that you can customize page display and access to information: you can choose the number of columns displayed, the display of the syntax, the text contrast and you can add your own tags. However, in order to take advantage of all these functions, you will first need to identify yourself.



    F1 Help

    I 4D Metod Editorn kan du öppna HTML-dokumentationen för ett kommando genom att placera markören över kommandot och trycka på F1-tangenten. Du kan också dubbelklicka på kommandots namn i Explorern. För att detta system ska funka med den nya

     4D Doc Center, måste du ändra en inställning  i inställningar i din 4D applikation.


    Static version of the Doc Center

    All of the HTML documentation for 4D v11 SQL is now freely downloadable in a static offline version. You'll gain the benefit of instantly displaying the documentation, eliminating the need to be online to look up commands in 4D and other v11 products. On the other hand, you will not be able to take advantage of the live Doc Center's dynamic and personalized features.

    To download the static version of the documentation, please visit the Doc Center home page and choose your download from the "Static Versions" area:


    Doc Center


    Please note that you must be logged in (using the login link at the top of the page) to be able to access the download area.


    Mind Your Language

    Länken till den nya dokumentationen, som kan aktiveras från 4Ds Metod Editor eller Explorer, och definieras av språkinställningar (se F1 Help ) godtar nu en språkkod som en parameter.