Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Selection screens allow users to enter selection criteria required by the program.

For example, if you create a list containing data from a very large database table, you can use a selection screen to restrict the amount of data that is selected. At runtime, the user can enter intervals for one of the key fields, and only data in this interval is read from the database and displayed in the list. This considerably reduces the load on the network.

Selection screens are designed to present users with an input template allowing them to enter selections, which reduce the amount of data that has to be read from the database. The following possibilities are available to the user:

Entries to single fields

Complex entries: Intervals, operations, patterns

Saving selections fields filled with values as variants

Input help and search helps are available by choosing the F4 function key or the possible entries pushbutton

You can translate selection texts into other languages so that they are then displayed in the language in which the user is logged on.

The system checks types automatically. If you enter a value with an incorrect type, the system displays an error message and makes the field ready to accept your corrected entry.

Selection screens allow you to enter complex selections as well as single -value selections. Functions of selection options programming include:

Setting selection options

Entering multiple values or intervals

Defining a set of exclusionary criteria for data selection

Every selection screen contains an information icon. Choose this icon to display additional. information.

If you refer an input field to an ABAP Dictionary object to which a search help is assigned, the system automatically provides the corresponding possible values help.

You can adapt the possible values help to meet your own requirements by defining a search help in the ABAP Dictionary.

On the selection screen, the names of the variables appear next to the input fields. However, you can replace these with selection texts, which you can then translate into any further languages you require. Selection texts are displayed in the user's logon language.

You can define and store variants for any selection screen. You do this by starting the program and choosing Variants -> Save as variant.

Variants allow you to make selection screens easier to use by end users by:

Pre-assigning values to input fields

Hiding input fields

Saving these settings for reuse

A single variant can refer to more than one selection screen.

Variants are client specific.

If you choose the information icon (on any selection screen), the system will display more

information about variants. You can also find out more in course BC405 Techniques of List


In an executable program, a single PARAMETERS statement is sufficient to generate a standard selection screen.

The PARAMETERS TYPE statement and the PARAMETERS LIKE statement both generate a simple input field on the selection screen, and a data object with the type you have specified.

If the user enters a value and chooses 'Execute', that value is placed in the internal data object in the program. The system will only permit entries with the appropriate type.

Once the INITIALIZATION event block has been processed, the selection screen is sent to the presentation server. The runtime system transports the data object values that are defined using PARAMETERS to the selection screen input fields of the same name.

The user can then change the values in the input fields. If the user then clicks on the 'Execute' function, the input field values are transported to the program data objects with the same name and can be evaluated in the ABAP processing blocks.

If you have used the PARAMETERS statement to program an input field as a key field for a database table, you can use a WHERE clause at the SELECT statement to limit data selection to this value.

The statement SELECT-OPTIONS FOR defines a selection option:

This places two input fields on the selection screen, with the same type that you have defined in the reference. This enables users to enter a value range or complex selections. The statement also declares an internal table within the program, with the following four columns:

sign: This field designates whether the value or interval should be included in or excluded from the selection.

option: This contains the operator: For a list of possible operators, see the keyword

documentation for the SELECT-OPTIONS statement.

low: This field contains the lower limit of a range, or a single value.

high: This field contains the upper limit of a range.

Selection table always refers to a data object that has already been declared. This data object serves as a target field during database selection, the selection table as a pool of possible values. A special version of the WHERE clause exists for database selection. It determines whether or not the database contains the corresponding field within its pool of possible values.

If the user enters several values or intervals for a selection option and chooses 'Execute', the system places them in the internal table.

Conditions in an internal table declared using SELECT-OPTIONS are interpreted as follows:

If the internal table is empty, the condition IN is always true.

If the internal table only contains simple inclusive conditions i1, ..., in, the result is the composite condition ( i1 OR ... OR in ).

If the internal table only contains simple exclusive conditions e1, ..., em, the result is the

composite condition ( NOT e1 ) AND ... AND ( NOT em ).

If the internal table contains both the simple inclusive conditions i1, ..., in and the simple exclusive conditions e1, ..., em, the result is the composite condition ( i1 OR ... OR in ) AND ( NOT e1 ) AND ... AND ( NOT em ).

In an executable program, the ABAP runtime system generates a standard selection screen as long as you have written at least one PARAMETERS or SELECT-OPTIONS statement. The selection screen belongs to the event block AT SELECTION-SCREEN.

The selection screen is displayed after the event block INITIALIZATION.

Each time the user presses Enter, a pushbutton, a function key, or chooses a menu function, the system carries out a type check. If the entries do not have the correct type, the system displays an error message, and makes the fields ready for input again. When the data types have been corrected, the system triggers the AT SELECTION-SCREEN event.

Subsequent program flow depends on the user action:

If the user chose F8 or 'Execute', the next event block is called: In this case, START-OFSELECTION.

If the user chose any other function, the selection screen is redisplayed.

Use the event block AT SELECTION-SCREEN whenever you want to program additional input checks for a standard selection screen.

The event block AT SELECTION-SCREEN is triggered by each user action. If an error dialog is triggered, the system jumps back to the selection screen and automatically resets all input fields to ready for input and displays a message in the status line.

For more detailed information on the MESSAGE statement, refer to the keyword documentation as well.

Additional information can be found in the keyword documentation for AT SELECTION-SCREEN.

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