Maintain Databases

Away/Home Talks

Away/Home Talks Maintenance Page Only list assignments from today onwards Summary New/Modify Entry Export Import Find Next Find Delete Entry Calender Home/Away

The Away/Home Talks property page allows you to:

 To learn more about the features of this property page, glance down the table below or highlight the control you are interested in by clicking on the screenshot above. Please also remember that context help is available to you by either pressing F1 when the control has focus, or by using the question mark icon at the top right corner of the dialogue.

This property page is one part of the Maintenance Dialogue. Please click on the link to get an overview of the entire dialogue.

Managing Your Talk Schedules

You must click on a date using the calendar before you can edit or add entries in the database.  Use the month and year drop down lists if required. You can also click on the greyed out days and the month or year that displays in the calendar title bar.

Once you have chosen a date, the buttons change accordingly.  Depending upon whether there is talk information associated with this date, the Delete Entry button will be enabled appropriately and the button on the far right will toggle between New Entry and Modify Entry.  All existing talk assignment dates are shown in bold. Also, any dates associated with a journal entry (popup tooltip) are also shown in bold.

Once you have selected the date, you can take the appropriate action by pressing the appropriate button.

When you press the New Entry or Modify Entry buttons, the Home Talks Entry dialogue is displayed for you to enter new or modify existing details.  Click on the link for more details.

Use this dropdown combo to choose your editing mode.

Use Home/Away when you want to add or modify both home and away talk entries. You have to be in this mode if you want to do importing or exporting.

Use Away editing mode when you only want to add or modify away talk entries. You can't do any importing or exporting whilst in this mode and performing a find will only search away entry information.

Select this option if you only want to load in just the talk assignments from today onwards.  Since this will ignore all assignments prior to today, the dialogue will load up more quickly.

Most users are not concerned about assignments from the past.

Import / export will not be available whilst you are in this mode.

As you click on a date on the calendar, this area shows a summary of all the available information for that date.

Just hover the mouse over the theme or any other entry which you can't completely read and it will show the full text in a tooltip.

It says "No Summary Available" if no summary information can be found for the selected date.

If you are in Away Entry mode (see above), then only away summary information will be displayed.

Use the Preferences dialogue to change how the summary information is displayed.

Note that the description of the last assignment Misc can changed on the labels option page.

Update Google Calendar This button is only available when the editing mode is set to Home/Away and the option Only list assignments from today onwards is set.

It will delete all of the future public talk assignments from your nominated Google calendar and then re-synchronize the latest details.

Note, you need to fill in all of the Google calendar settings correctly for this feature to function properly.
Press this button if you want to delete the talk information from the database for the selected date.

You will additionally be asked for confirmation if there are any away talks assigned with the same date.  This is because they will also get deleted automatically.

This button is disabled if there is no talk information for the chosen date.

Press the find button if you want to jump to specific records. It invokes the find dialogue.
Pressing this button continues the previous search to find the next matching record. This button is disabled if the Find button has not already been pressed, or the searching has reached the end of the records.
This allows you to import home talk and away talk data into the database. There is a separate topic discussing this option. Please click on the link to learn more.
This allows you to export home talk and away talk data into a tab-delimited text file. This button is disabled if there are presently no records in the database table.

This button will say New Entry if there is no talk information present for the current date.  Otherwise it will say Modify Entry.

Press this button to enter new or modify existing talk information.

When you press it, a Home Talks Entry dialogue is displayed ready for you to enter new information or with the current details for you to adjust.  Click on the link for more details.

Managing Journal Entries

There will be occasions when you will wish to add notes to your talk calendar to remind you of forthcoming events or changes you need to make to your talk schedules. The Journal facility within Public Talks allows you make such notes and keep track of them.

If you have previously created journal entries and associated them with a date in your calendar, they will show as a tooltip when your cursor hovers over such dates. Tooltip on calendar

Journal popup menuWhilst you are displaying your talk calendar you may easily access and manage journal entries, which you have associated or wish to associate with a date in your calendar. You do this by selecting a date in your calendar and then right-clicking on it. This in turn displays this context menu.
Add journal Entry Select this option if you wish to create a new journal entry, which Public Talks will automatically display as a tooltip for the selected date.
Edit journal entry Select this option if you wish to edit an existing journal entry, which you have already associated with the selected date.

When you select this option, Public Talks automatically displays any journal entries already associated with the date. Select the entry you wish to edit and then click on it.
Delete journal entry Select this option if you wish to delete an existing journal entry, which you have already associated with the selected date.

When you select this option, Public Talks automatically displays any journal entries already associated with the date. Select the entry you wish to delete and then click on it.
Please note that when Public Talks displays journal entries as tooltips or menu options, it trims the display to 50 characters for display purposes only. The original journal entry remains intact.