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NEED HELP removing spaces in letters!!!

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  • NEED HELP removing spaces in letters!!!

    Anybody know how to remove spaces in letters. For an example I have a letter than will either use 1 field or 2 different fields instead based on the proper "IF" criteria. Well in one case it always leaves a space, in the other case it doesn't. Anyway, I have these conditional statements throughout the letter and it looks like hell and I'm sick and tired of other strange garbage going on in this letter section as well, so please help.

    Thanks in advance;

    Please no extensive code - I don't do much code.

  • #2
    RE: NEED HELP removing spaces in letters!!!


    The DBF format Alpha Five uses is considered a fixed width format. If you define a field like "FirstName" to have 20 characters in width, but only use 3 like "Tom", then you wind up with 17 blank spaces that get inserted automatically to 'fill up' the field. So, when you concatenate two character type fields it's often useful to trim the trailing blank spaces.

    FirstName + Lastname
    "Tom        " + "Cone        " 
    "Tom        Cone           "
    trim(firstName) + " " + trim(LastName)
    trim("Tom       ") + " " + trim("Cone        ")
    "Tom Cone"
    Note that I included a single blank space to 
    separate first and last... otherwise,
    trim("Tom            ") + trim("Cone        ")
    Hope this helps.

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: NEED HELP removing spaces in letters!!!

      Thanks Tom appreciate you looking at this. It's just that I need to move 1 character to the left if the 2nd part of the equation is true, I'm fine if the first part is true. I run into this often using the expressions in the letter section of A4

      Here's the final fragment of the sentence:

      a case against if(isnotblank("Dcorpname"),Dcorpname,"")fname lname.

      Seems that in the if section the "" creates a space where I don't need one.


      • #4
        RE: NEED HELP removing spaces in letters!!!

        I don't have much experience with letters, but if this were on a label or in a report, I'd do it this way:

        if(isnotblank("Dcorpname"),Dcorpname fname lname,fname lname)

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: NEED HELP removing spaces in letters!!!

          Well tried that but it didn't care much for the syntax. This is what finally worked. Without the "+" sign it wouldn't include the other fields, then had spaces galore, so used trim, but still had no space between the first and last name fields, so created a calculated field with a "space" in it and threw that in. Granted not the prettiest sight in the programming world but for me it works! Thanks Tom

          Taking your lead -

          if(isnotblank("Dcorpname"), Dcorpname, rtrim(firstname)+Calc->Space+Lastname)