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Partial Mask for Social Security number

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  • Partial Mask for Social Security number

    I couldn't find a thread for displaying the SSN as '***-***-1234', so this is what I came up with for a form:

    1. Define a form level logical var to control the conditional object: SSN_FLAG
    ssn_flag = .F.

    2. Define a form level calc field: SSNSTR
    ssnstr = if(ssn<>"","***-*-"+right(ssn,4),"???-??-????")

    3. Conditional object: SSN_COND
    ssn_flag = .F. display ssnstr calc
    ssn_flag = .T. display ssn field

    4. Create a button for the ssn field label that toggles the ssn_flag: B_SSNFLAG
    dim shared ssn_flag as L
    if ssn_flag = .f. then
    ssn_flag = .t.
    ssn_flag = .f.
    end if

    5. Color Equation for both fields - Set on the ssn field then use control drag to create the new field and map it to calc->ssnstr and give it a new object name.
    case(ssn="","black on pink",.T.,"black on white")

    6. Form OnFetch event
    dim shared ssn_flag as L = .F.

    If someone has a better way (less steps?) I'd love to hear it!

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

  • #2
    Re: Partial Mask for Social Security number

    Hi Robin,
    Trying to get exactly what you are faced with. A good description of what you are trying to accomplish would help. You wrote "... for displaying the SSN .." Is this masked display intended to be a form data entry field process so that during data entry the mask manifests, or for just form field value display? If for data entry, why the need for masking during data entry when the entry person sees the SSN? I understand for passwords, but for SSN? Why flags - purpose?
    Mike W
    "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


    • #3
      Re: Partial Mask for Social Security number

      What about how Amazon does it with payments?
      "Card number ending in 1234"
      So SSN which is stored somewhere in its entirety just shows last 4 char?.
      Else put 3 fields in the table and set the first two as password fields, showing the third an normal.
      Ted Giles
      Example Consulting - UK

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      • #4
        Re: Partial Mask for Social Security number

        Hi Mike,
        This form will always be displayed in a reception area where walk ins off the the street might be able to view it. So during data entry the unmasked field is used whereas after that only the calc field appears and is masked.

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


        • #5
          Re: Partial Mask for Social Security number

          Suggest 2 fields
          first numbers in ss1 field, last four in ss2 field, show the first fiels with ***-** and second field as 5689 Only last four are readable.
          on entry to field if it is blank, pop up to get real social security int a var, place the correct digits to proper fields. Only done on first data entry for accuracy.
          Dave Mason

          Skype is dave.mason46