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  • Custom numeric format

    I have used these for years in free form reports, but they do not show up for layout table reports.

    I define a function like this, following a specific naming criteria.
    FUNCTION entry_format.num.sigdb AS C (value AS N, width AS N, decimals AS N )
    'Description:Significant decimals only [blank if zero]
    if value = 0
    	entry_format.num.sigdb = ""
    	entry_format.num.sigdb = "" +round(value,decimals)
    end if
    This then is available from the format pick list.

    But it is not available to LT reports.

    In a LT report I can paste this into the Display Format field
    if(<value>=0,"","" +round(<value>,2))

    and it works like the code above. But 1) I would like it in the pick list, and 2) I have not been able to do more complex formats that require multiple lines of code.

    Anyone else played with this?


  • #2
    Re: Custom numeric format

    I don't think you can do what you are after.
    The documentation says;
    "Once you have gone as far as possible with a Quick Report, you'll want to convert it to a Free Form or Layout Table Report. The Open in Report Editor button on the main toolbar does this when the Quick Report Genie is open.
    If you want to preserve the Quick Report for future use in the Genie, first press the Save As button on the main toolbar and either accept the generated name or choose a new name."

    So what you might try is to create the reports you want with different value attributes, save them as LT style under a new name and then have a selection process so that the LT reports can be selected, as in;

    Report 1 - Integers Only
    Report 2 - "$" + 3 decimal places

    Ted Giles
    Example Consulting - UK

    See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.


    • #3
      Re: Custom numeric format

      Hi Ted. Are you replying to a different post? Nothing about quick reports.



      • #4
        Re: Custom numeric format

        Nope. That is how they recommend you create a Layout Table Report.

        Try this in the Interactive screen. It might help with the formatting codes.
        dim a as n ' any old value
        n = 12.1
        ? n
        = 12.1 ' to prove it's there

        z = format_data(n,"-$",20,2) ' the format code -$ shows pound signs on my machine.
        = "
        Ted Giles
        Example Consulting - UK

        See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.


        • #5
          Re: Custom numeric format

          I don't have a problem creating LT reports, or in formatting the data. My problem is adding my custom format definition to Alpha's drop down list of format choices - so I don't have to manually paste it in each time I use it. I do this successfully for free form reports using the definition I showed above. But that does not add to the drop down list for LT reports.



          • #6
            Re: Custom numeric format

            Then probably not a feature, Bill.
            The new reports are more web oriented I suspect.
            I looked at adding a dropdown, but failed spectacularly.
            Ted Giles
            Example Consulting - UK

            See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.


            • #7
              Re: Custom numeric format

              Remember I am not talking about a drop down in my report, but in design mode. So for LT report design, right click a cell, edit cell content, and edit formatting - that drop down. Not creating a new drop down, but adding to Alpha's choices. This is a pretty esoteric thing.



              • #8
                Re: Custom numeric format

                As I said, I don't think it can be done easily.

                As for standard reports.
                Have you used HotSpots behind Logos and Dates to run processes from an open Report in Preview Mode?
                The HotSpot doesn't print so it doesn't mess up the layout.
                I sometimes use them to open a Form and correct obviously incorrect data.
                A lot of the features available on a Form are available in Report Preview.
                Sorry if you already knew that.
                Just saying.
                Last edited by Ted Giles; 02-06-2020, 09:12 AM.
                Ted Giles
                Example Consulting - UK

                See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.