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  • Format phone number

    I am running v12.3 2689-4440. I have a grid with a detail view. In the detail view I have a label displaying the phone number but it is un-formatted. I am storing the phone number in a varchar(10) field.

    I am not sure if I should edit the display of the number in the Display Settings| Display format or in the Client Side Properties| Calculated field expression. I am thinking that client side Properties is the way to go because in the editor I have built in phone number formatting options. I found the following format option:
    "if(n==0)=;=(###) ###-####"
    Figured I needed to replace the 'n' with my field name. When I do I get an error "Your expression has a Circular Reference. Please Fix." Any ideas as to what I am missing?

    This is what I have so far:
    if(val(home_phone)==0)=;=(###) ###-####

  • #2
    Re: Format phone number

    Use Client Side Formatting instead. Specify a Mask. Phone number is one of the mask formats available.
    Alpha Anywhere latest pre-release


    • #3
      Re: Format phone number

      There's a great video on specifying Masks for Client Side Formatting:

      Regarding Calculated Field Expression -

      A Calculated Field would be something like a Total_Amount for a line item in an Invoice where you input Quantity and Price. Total_Amount would be calculated as QUANTITY * PRICE. The Calculated Field Expression would reference two controls: QUANTITY and PRICE. When QUANTITY or PRICE change, the Calculated Field Expression is re-evaluated. If the Calculated Field Expression referenced itself, every time the value changes (or is *set*), the Calculated Field Expression would be executed, which will cause infinite looping, browser hangs, general unreasonableness.
      Alpha Anywhere latest pre-release


      • #4
        Re: Format phone number

        I do not have the check box option for client side formatting. Based on all the googling about this that I did I was under the impression that was the way to go but since I don't have the check box to enable it thought it was depreciated option and there was a new way to do it.


        • #5
          Re: Format phone number

          Disregard my question earlier...

          You have a *label*. My Bad. I didn't read that right.

          You want Display Format.
          Last edited by TheSmitchell; 04-02-2015, 02:59 PM. Reason: pebkac
          Alpha Anywhere latest pre-release


          • #6
            Re: Format phone number

            Ok, think I got it sorted now. Thank you for the help.