This doesn't involve AutoHotkey, but maybe it would be easier to use SQL to pull that data from the Sierra database rather than screen scraping from the Sierra application. You wouldn't need to worry about where stuff displays in the interface, just where its stored on the backend. This solution would probably be cleaner to maintain as well.
Excel has ways to pull in data from external sources like SQL databases, it looks like Microsoft Publisher does too. I can't speak to how easy it would be to set that up, but hopefully it would give you a start:
Anyway, that's my 2 cents on an alternative tack you might want to try.
Hope that helps,
Systems Integration Specialist
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Hi there! I'm hoping someone here is a guru at AutoHotKey! :)
We have a clerk that pays our invoices in Sierra. She will write the bib number on a sticky note, as well as the list price and the locations (that each copy will go to). I want to have Sierra copy the bib number, list price, locations, and order record notes onto a receipt and then this clerk would put this receipt with the first copy of the material, rather than hand write on sticky notes all day! Since I had looked, and couldn't find a way to do this easily from Sierra, I had another brilliant idea that we could have Autohotkey copy the fields I want into a template (say, in Publisher) and have the bib number turned into a barcode, and list the other fields that we want that travel around the tech services department. This barcoded bib number would be used by catalogers to enter the bib number in the 949 for overlay in Connexion, and then again by our barcoding clerk to search by bib number in Sierra. At this point, I'm thinking that Autohotkey is my best bet.
Here is my prototype of what the "routing slip" would look like when it's done. The "Thickety 2" is a note in the order record put in by our selectors for our catalogers to add that series to the bib record. The 978... is just a placeholder for where the list price will go once we get that field added to our order records:
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Here is the corresponding order record. Part of my problem for Autohotkey is that not all order records will contain a note (in field z) and the locations may be different (fewer or more) on the LOCATIONS line. I have to include the "multi" line, because if it's just our Main Library that's receiving the item, then the LOCATIONS at the bottom don't show up at all...just the LOCATION fixed field (under ACQ TYPE).
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Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Eddie Clem, MLS
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