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    2 Questions?

    Hi: I have two issues I am mulling over (with limited xbasic experience).

    I have a calculated field on a form which is there to flag up an error on data keying. The colour equation used is

    if((Home_Code=Teamcode).or.(Away_Code=Teamcode),"win3d on Win3D","Win3D on red")

    Now my question is, can a similar thing be done with the background of the actual form. rather than a separate field. The use of color works with this particular scenario as it provides a quick visual hint that something is amiss.

    My second question relates to sorting within a report.

    I have a report based on a single table which first groups items with the same key value. and shows only cumulative values for each group on the report. I am trying to figure out how to sort the resultant groups into a descending order based on one of the cumulative calclulated fields (not the key field). I have figured that either a: It cannot be done or b: It is so simple that I am completely overlooking the obvious!


    Glen Schild

    My Blog

    RE: 2 Questions?

    To answer your first question, you could put a line of Xbasic on an event somewhere on the form that reads:


    This will change the color of the form to blue.

    As far as question two goes, maybe you could have 2 groups, the first group being the same way you have it and the second group being a calculated field with the totals you want to show. Simple don't put anything in the group 1 area so nothing prints out, and put the calculated field in the group 2 area and sort it descending.

    Just a thought.



      RE: 2 Questions?


      The 1st question you have the answer for. The 2nd is a bit more difficult.

      Alpha 5 does not allow you to sort on a group summary value, as it does not exist for that purpose at the time you need to use it. It would require another pass in order to do this. I haven't investigated this, but there may be a some sub-report method that might accomplish the desired goal, but I would tend to doubt it.

      It would be a welcome addition to A5 to do this though.

      The best way I know to accomplish this is to perform a Summary (or crosstab) operation, summarizing the total that you's like to sort by and copying the rest of the fields needed to sort and a link field(s). If you are just doing a summary report, you can copy the other fields required without summarizing them. Otherwise, you will need to link back to the original data in a set to get the detail records. Now just run the report off the Summary table or the set.


      Ira J. Perlow
      Computer Systems Design & Associates
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      Ira J. Perlow
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        RE: 2 Questions?

        Steve & Ira:

        Thanks to you both for the prompt responses. I guess "1 out of 2" is not bad! Although, as you have pointed out Ira there is always another way to overcome the issue, in this instance the summary table.

        Thanks again
        Glen Schild

        My Blog