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    Index on Lookup Table

    I have a Lookup table on a field in a data entry screen. I would like to vary the order of the display fields in the window as sometimes the user does not like the order that I established in the field rules. Can this be done.

    As an example, in a part.dbf I display the following fields in a lookup window: Part Number, Name, Shelf.

    As I have it now the order can only be ONE which I have set at Name. There are a few clients who wud like index by Shelf.

    Thanks for the anticipated help.

    RE: Index on Lookup Table


    If I understand correctly, some clients do not like to view it in the order which you established. They want to see Shelf first. I don't know if an index can be set for only one field. At least I've not seen that discussed on this board, in the help or the manuals. I doubt it can. But then, I don't use lookups much so I'm not that familiar with it.

    I suppose you could create an index for the table based on the lookup field and use Shelf as part of the expression. This is based on my presumption that an expression can be used in an index. I've not been down this road so its a guess.

    TYVM :) kenn

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


      RE: Index on Lookup Table

      I use lookup fields extensively for codes to base tables or key fields on a data entry screen but...

      It is easy to change the sort order on a browse table by clicking on one of the columns while in the browse form then clicking on the sort icon. You can thus sort via any column that is on the embedded browse form.

      What I want is to be able to do the same in my lookup window that now shows 3 columns as defined in field rules:
      Part Number, Part Name & Shelf. Like I said, according to what I can see only ONE sort order can be defined which is restrictive. I want to do what I can do on the browse form.

      Can it be done?



        RE: Index on Lookup Table

        This can't be done in a field-rule lookup in A5V4. However A5 V5 will allow you to click on any of your 3 columns and sort the records by that column. There are a couple of other lookup enhancements that I can't think of right now.



          RE: Index on Lookup Table

          There were some threads about a year ago that discussed making your own lookups using the get_list_array function. You might be able to find those on Doug Chanley's resurrected message archive (see message further down the page). You could possibly create multiple lookups and allow the user to pick the one they want to use.


            RE: Index on Lookup Table

            Looks like that is EXACTLY what I want. Aka the abilitiy to sort by any column. But one slight problem, where do I get version 5.0?