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  • lookup tables

    hello to all,
    Ive great problems with creating a simple data entry form
    for typing german addresses.
    The main problem is the following: I use a lookup table for zip-codes and towns. When I enter a zip-code in the zip-code-field, the lookup table should pop-up, starting with the zip code I just typed in. But this seems not possible. Obviously Ive only the possibility to get a pop-up on entrance (before typing the zip-code) or use the mouse to open the table (so the typist has to leave one hand from the keyboard, which is not good for fast-typing).
    The lookup-table must pop-up because in germany we sometimes have one zipcode for several towns and the typist has to choose the right town from the lookup-table.
    Can anyone help me ?

  • #2
    RE: lookup tables

    I suggest you visit the Doctor.


    There are several articles there on 'lookups'. Do a search for them. You will find articles which show you how to build intelligent (dynamic) lookups. Perhaps one will help you with the specific situation you face.

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: lookup tables


      I understand you to say that the popup should occur as soon as typing the zip code so that you can choose the town from a list that only matches the zip code. I don't think this will work with a lookup unless you use an expression. I'm thinking the expression may have to be upon entering the town field.

      I don't have time to check this out but if this is what you need, try an expression based upon entering the town field to lookup the zip code field.

      Hope this helps.

      TYVM :) kenn

      Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


      • #4
        RE: lookup tables

        One small additional point:

        To expand a lookup the typist can use the keystroke shortcut
        which-since I am a fast typist-I always prefer to the mouse.

        Bill Hanigsberg


        • #5
          RE: lookup tables

          Bill, once in a drop down field I press the up or down arrow key which scrolls me up or down. Once the selection is there, I press the tab or enter key and adios, to the next one.

          TYVM :) kenn

          Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


          • #6
            RE: lookup tables

            Yes Ken, but the alt-downarrow shortcut is what expands the dropdown in the first place. Of course, once it is opened up you use up and down to navigate within it.

            Bill Hanigsberg


            • #7
              RE: lookup tables

              BOB SULLIVAN



              • #8
                RE: lookup tables


                Why don't you use the lookup as it is designed. I.E. in field rules have the TOWN NAME the field from which the lookup pops up. When this occurs the typist presses 'F' and then starts typing the name of the town. The highlight will move directly to or near the desired town. If need be the typist can use the down/up-arrow keys to move the highlight to the proper town and press the [enter] key. No need for a mouse here.

                That's place the 'pop' on the town field, index it to Name of town, and instruct it to fill in the Zip code field. Your popup lookup needs only the town and zip code columns.

                Ken Herrold


                • #9
                  RE: lookup tables

                  Hello Ken,
                  thank you for this idea. Ive done so and it works very good!


                  • #10
                    RE: lookup tables

                    Hi Bill,

                    My modem took a hike via a lightening strike and just got a new one up and running. Thanks for explaning how the Alt part works. One can either look at all the choices via the Alt arrow keys or just one at a time with the arrow key. Only in A5.

                    TYVM :) kenn

                    Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.