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  • Calculated Field on Layout

    Guys: I need help on this after numerous searches and my own feble attempts and what I've settled on is not pretty.

    Trying to get the layout to look decent.

    if(Constnts-"ac1c=0,"","How Many______"+trim(Constnts-"Act1)+" @ "+str(Constnts-"Ac1c,5,2)) [one line for al of this of course]

    Above evaluates to 'How Many_______Golf @ 15.00'but doesn't line up as you would want.

    20 character fields each with these values


    These fields are formated N - 7 total 2 decimels
    with these values


    How can I pad(), stuff(), or whatever to have the layout look like this. I'm laying these
    calc-fields on a RTF so they'll shrink if empty

    How Many______Dinner........20.00
    How Many______Golf..........15.00
    How Many______Cruise........10.00
    How Many______Breakfast.... 5.00

    Is this possible without writing an expression that reaches
    from Chicago to the East Coast?

    Thanks in advance


  • #2
    RE: Calculated Field on Layout

    Geeez - I can't even get the question to line up. The goal, as you would expect is to get the dollars into a decent column.

    Ken [again]


    • #3
      RE: Calculated Field on Layout

      Something like?

      if(Constnts-"ac1c=0,"","How Many______"+trim(Constnts-"Act1)+" @ "+padl(alltrim(str(Constnts-"Ac1c,5,2)),35-len("How Many______"+trim(Constnts-"Act1)+" @ "),"."))

      vary the "35" in

      35-len("How Many______"+trim(Constnts-"Act1)+" @ ")

      to suit.
      There can be only one.


      • #4
        RE: Calculated Field on Layout


        Experimented with the #35 going down incrementally from to 20 and up to 40, one at a time and really don't understand the syntax, just yet.

        Here's jpg of a test preview.




        • #5
          RE: Calculated Field on Layout


          Experimented with the #35 going down incrementally from to 20 and up to 40, one at a time and really don't understand the syntax, just yet.

          Here's jpg of a test preview.




          • #6
            RE: Calculated Field on Layout


            I was using the interactive editor and removed the "constnts-"" and assigned values to the remainder, as if they were variables and got

            ac1c = 1
            act1 = "golf"
            ? if(ac1c=0,"","How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "+padl(alltrim(str(Ac1c,5,2)),35-len("How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "),"."))
            = "How Many______golf @ ..........1.00"

            ? if(ac1c=0,"","How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "+padl(alltrim(str(Ac1c,5,2)),35-len("How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "),"."))
            = "How Many______breakfast @ .....1.00"


            ? if(ac1c=0,"","How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "+padl(alltrim(str(Ac1c,5,2)),35-len("How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "),"."))
            = "How Many______dinner @ ........1.00"

            act1 = "cruise"
            ? if(ac1c=0,"","How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "+padl(alltrim(str(Ac1c,5,2)),35-len("How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ "),"."))
            = "How Many______cruise @ ........1.00"

            which seems to make them line up correctly.

            The expression pads to the left with "." the trimmed string held in "Act1" to the length of 35 minus the length of the preface string ""How Many______"+trim(Act1)+" @ ".

            The 35 is just to allow for the longest possible value for the preface
            "How Many______breakfast @ "

            I think.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              RE: Calculated Field on Layout


              Thank you , thank you.
              That's incredible

              I think that I need to fool around in the interactive to see what's happenin'- more - before asking for help.

              Thanks so much for the help.



              • #8
                RE: Calculated Field on Layout


                One more time....... FIXED FONTS ! I know that you knew... but I didn't think of it.... You can't do dependable space or character number manipulation with PROPORTIONALS - gotta be fixed.

                Remember back in A4DOS ALL fonts were 'fixed' and this wouldn't have been a problem.

                Your expressons work perfectly and the numbers line up like piano keys - use a proportional font and they 'snake'.

                Thanks again for the lessons.