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How can I force the sorting of a report?

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  • How can I force the sorting of a report?

    I have a sub-report within my main report that has a field called "Person_Code." The sub-report is filtered to only show "Person_Codes" that begin with V, R, T, or W. (Ex. V-1, V-2, R-1, T-1, etc.)

    This particular report requires that Person Codes follow the "hierarchy rule" which requires that "V" must always be the first person type listed on the report, then "R," then "T," and finally "W." (If those other person codes exist in a particular report. Not all reports will contain all of those codes, except for the "V" code.)

    Ascending or descending order won't work, because neither direction will keep them the correct order. (V,R,T,W)

    How can I force the order sort order to require the "V-" codes to come first, the "R-" codes, etc, etc?
    Sergeant Richard Hartnett
    Hyattsville City Police Department
    Maryland

  • #2
    Re: How can I force the sorting of a report?

    Could you add a field to the record called sort_ord and then assign it a value that would sort logically?

    V=1
    R=2
    T=3
    W=4

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    • #3
      Re: How can I force the sorting of a report?

      Richard,

      Instead of simply ordering on 'Person_Code' use an expression that results in a value that will sort as you want.

      Try
      Code:
      case(left(Person_Code,1)="V","a",left(Person_Code,1)="R","b",left(Person_Code,1)="T","c",left(Person_Code,1)="W","d")
      Last edited by Tim Kiebert; 03-30-2008, 08:06 AM. Reason: Fix parenthesis
      Tim Kiebert
      Eagle Creek Citrus
      A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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      • #4
        Re: How can I force the sorting of a report?

        Rich (and Tim)

        Or generically, and I believe simpler, particularly when requirements change;

        IF(left(Person_Code,1) $ "VRTW",chrtran(left(Person_Code,1),"VRTW","ABCD"),"~")+Person_Code

        The tilde "~" places all person_codes not handled at the end of the list
        Regards,

        Ira J. Perlow
        Computer Systems Design


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        • #5
          Re: How can I force the sorting of a report?

          Ira that seemed to work just fine.

          I didn't a chance to try the other two solutions yet, but thanks everyone for the contributions.
          Sergeant Richard Hartnett
          Hyattsville City Police Department
          Maryland

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          • #6
            Re: How can I force the sorting of a report?

            Thanks Ira.

            Rich,

            If Ira's worked then mine probably does as well. Ira's is more compact. Just stay with his. I will probably change my occurrences of that scenario as well as I come across them.
            Tim Kiebert
            Eagle Creek Citrus
            A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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            • #7
              Re: How can I force the sorting of a report?

              Thanks Tim. I don't know how I'd survive without this message board. I learn something new everyday!
              Sergeant Richard Hartnett
              Hyattsville City Police Department
              Maryland

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