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Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

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    Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

    I tried to put the contents of a memo field into a character variable so I could then use the string functions to count the characters. However, only the first 38 characters of the memo field including crlf are in the variable. The code I used was placed in the onpush of button for trial purposes.

    vcmemo = parentform:Browse1:Goods_desc.value
    See pictures below for result. It appears there is a very small limit on the contants of a layout variable.

    Is this the case or have I done something wrong?

    Any suggestions on how else to accomplish the task of counting the characters in a memo field including crlf.

    Reason: I want to be able to adjust the length of a report based on the contents of memo fields.

    As usual any help is greatly appreciated.

    Last edited by gmeredith17; 06-30-2009, 08:41 AM. Reason: Removed pictures as had proprietary information on them.

    Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

    What length did you use for the format of the layout variable object on the form? - I thought there were format properties for a memo field, apparently there are not.

    vcmemo = parentform:memtest.value
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 06-30-2009, 08:32 AM.
    There can be only one.


      Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

      If you put the memo into a rich text field on the report and set the properties of the rich text field to grow and shrink as needed, there should be no need to know the size of the memo.



        Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf


        The memos print without any problems but I want the report to fill a A4 size sheet of paper at all times. I will need to count the number of lines each detail item is taking up to calculate how many dummy blank records I need to include to space it out to A4 size. Not sure how successful I will be but I thought I would give it a try.



          Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf


          Yes works fine. It seems the limitation is the variable display when placed on a form. This isn't a requirement so not a problem.




            Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

            Why not put a "page break" into the report after the memo?


              Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

              Tom, I don't think I explained it very well. I have a details section that could contain 1 to many records. Each record has a memo field that contains a different amount of characters and crlf. The report could be 1 or more pages in length but I want the final page to contain the same amount of lines in its detail section as the other pages.

              Still not sure I'm explaining it that well or if it will be possible to do what I'm trying to do but if I have any success I will post it in the code archive.

              Thanks for help.



                Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

                Is this because you need to put something at the end of the report? If so, why not use either a page footer, or a report footer and justify it to the bottom of the page?

                Are there any group breaks in the report? There are lots of things you could do without having to count lines.:)

                can you post a sample? That might help a bit.



                  Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

                  Tom - In the help file under index type 'Report, Vertical Lines'. I am trying to do something similar but have the added difficulty of dealing with memo fields.


                    Re: Counting the characters in a memo field including crlf

                    I just downloaded the revised help file and I don't get anything when I click on your topic.

                    I am guessing that you want to show vertical lines in your detail section, making the report look like a formatted work order or invoice , etc.

                    I've done similar things, but the report had a fixed maximum length and the last page didn't really matter.