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    I have a report in which I need to only show records that are outside of a user entered range.
    For example: if the user enters 5, then for the field in question, any number greater than 5 or less than negative 5, that record will show on the report.
    If the field value was 4, then that record will not appear in the report and so on.

    Here is what I've been trying. I think it's close but I'm missing something.

    Thank for any help.

  • #2
    Re: Filter syntax

    You're complicating things with the ask variable. A form variable would allow you to write something like


    Almost any way you write it with an ask variable is going to request the ask variable twice.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Filter syntax

      Stan, that was my backup plan. I'll just tell my customers that it's a feature instead of my lack of programming skills

      Thanks for your help.


      • #4
        Re: Filter syntax

        You could create a little xdialog with action scripting to obtain the variable and use it as above. Just scope it properly.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Filter syntax

          That's a good idea. I went with the between(). Overall, I think it will give them more flexibility that my one-size-fits-all solution that I was going to do.
          I added a message box before the report preview to tell them how to use it, if only I could get them to read the instructions...



          • #6
            Re: Filter syntax

            'Read the instructions'? What does that mean? I Have a couple of users who apparently don't know!

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


            • #7
              Re: Filter syntax

              John, some of my apps have a Video Clip for Help in some complex situations.
              And not so complex. Done using Jing and held locally.
              See our Hybrid Option here;

              There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
              Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


              • #8
                Re: Filter syntax

                @ Robin
                I have sent an email a few times that said to all stupid questions:
                Read the screen
                Read the screen
                Read the screen
                Dave Mason
                [email protected]
                Skype is dave.mason46


                • #9
                  Re: Filter syntax

                  Nope. Instructions are only for when things don't work.
                  Like the sign on the petrol (gas) pump. "If all else fails, read the instructions, follow them while trying again"
                  See our Hybrid Option here;

                  There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
                  Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


                  • #10
                    Re: Filter syntax

                    I used to have an app that included a manual and videos on each subject of the app. I was amazed by how many people would flat out refuse to watch the videos.
                    All they had to do was click a button and sit a watch, they didn't even have to install a player.
                    They would rather spend hours of my limited time having me walk them through every process.

                    I recently had a customer complaining that nothing in my app worked at all. After much effort on my part, I discovered the problem.
                    He was pushing the pictures of the buttons of a form in the printed manual rather than on the PC itself.


                    • #11
                      Re: Filter syntax

                      My dad used to say "Never underestimate the power of stupidity"
                      See our Hybrid Option here;

                      There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
                      Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


                      • #12
                        Re: Filter syntax


                        The fastest and easiest way to solve the problem is to charge.

                        Bosses tend to sort the problem out internally if they have been charged for Help documentation and their users aren't folloiwng it.
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