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  • field_blank function not found

    Hi: I am using v.9. I have a field set up with field rule data entry set at "not required" It is a simple mask (phone number). When I try to delete the information in the field it comes up "field_blank function not found". This is probably a very simple fix but I can't figure it out. Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Re: field_blank function not found

    I don't see that problem happening with the Phone field in the Customer table of AlphaSports. Is your field rule set up differently? and... What do you mean "try to delete the information in the field"?


    • #3
      Re: field_blank function not found

      Hi Tom:

      By deleting I mean I want to delete the information in the field and leave it blank. I have other fields that I have the same issue with.


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        Re: field_blank function not found

        Can you post a sample database here, with instructions for us to follow to find and trigger the behavior?


        • #5
          Re: field_blank function not found

          Hi Tom: I looked through some of the similar threads and found exactly what my problem is. Now I'm afraid to try the solution. The table was originally named sheet1$ (I asssume this was a default name). Another thread answer was to rename the table dropping the $ at the end. I created a test table and tried it both ways and that seems to be the problem.

          My new dilemma - I have about 75 reports and forms linked to the table sheet$. If I rename the table do I lose access to all those reports?


          • #6
            Re: field_blank function not found

            Debbie, you should create a good backup just in case.

            If you use Alpha to rename the table you should be just fine. The reports should not get lost. If you rename the DBF file outside of Alpha Five, using Windows Explorer for example, you could very well lose the reports.

            So, after making the backup, open the Alpha Five control panel; right click on the the table; choose Utilities; choose Rename.

            I suspect your table name came across from an Excel import. Excel column and sheet names can hold characters that are illegal in Alpha Five. The dollar sign is one of the illegal characters.


            • #7
              Re: field_blank function not found

              thanks for the confidence. I tried renaming my test table using the Alpha Utilities just to see what happened and a warning came up that items linked to the table might become inaccesible. I'll probably do exactly what you suggested - make a good backup just in case.

              thanks so much for your help. As you can tell not everyone that uses Alpha is a "techie"! Sometimes the answers from this forum are so technical that they are hard to understand.

              I hope you don't mind helping out a "non techie".