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  • Table Lookup

    My typical table lookup (via field rules) consists of an ID# (linking primary idx)in column one and an item, unit, etc. in column two.
    I display only the item and fill the ID#. How can I display the item name in lieu of or in addition to the item number. I don't really want to include every lookup table in a set to have access to all the fields. Is there a way to assign column(2).value to a variable so I can display it along side the ID#?

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    RE: Table Lookup

    Hello Terry,

    Not really sure I understand what you are asking. In a lookup, you can display any field in the lookup table, regardless of whether it will be use to fill in a field in the current table. If you want to display something that is not shown in the lookup table, the only way I know of doing this would be to built your own lookup using an array.

    Good luck,
    Jim

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    • #3
      RE: Table Lookup

      Hi Terry:

      Like Jim, I too am not sure what you're asking but....

      The field rule lookup utility has a 'fill' and a 'show' column. Either can be left blank. Can't that get what you want?

      Ken

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      • #4
        RE: Table Lookup

        Sorry for the confusion. I understand the field rule side of display/fill table lookup. The information I want to show after the the lookup has completed its task is the user informative text description of an item, not the id actually saved to the table bound to the form.

        field fill display
        =============================
        id id no
        item yes

        After the user selects the item from the lookup table, the id is placed into the field and the item description is gone. The item description is a field only in the lookup table. Can I save the item description to a variable to display on the form so the user can still see it.

        Rather than add the description field a second time to the original table and defeat the purpose of relational....
        or create a set to allow the field to display with it's id,
        It seems that there should be some way to reference and save the second (or any) column of the lookup table to a variable.

        Do I have to change the lookup source to an array to do this?


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        • #5
          RE: Table Lookup

          Terry:

          If you're working on a form and entering that ID into a browse on the form, the in edit mode just drag the description from the field list to a spot on the form.

          If, the ID field is in the browse with no description, that new field will display the description for each ID in the browse as the pointer is moved from record to record.

          Is that what you want. No need to use a variable for that.

          Ken

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          • #6
            RE: Table Lookup

            Terry,

            Having saved the id into the current table, you now want to be able to view related fields from the lookup table, based on a matching id, as you scroll through the current table. Right?

            You have two choices, so far as I know:

            1) store all the desired fields in the current table, and fill in those fields when the lookup is done...

            or

            2) add the lookup table to your set, linked by id, using a one to one link

            -- tom

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            • #7
              RE: Table Lookup

              The third option would be to define some calculated fields on the form using the lookupc etc functions

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              • #8
                RE: Table Lookup

                Tom,

                Help -
                I donīt want to hijack, or whatever, this thread; but I have the same, I think, problem. Iīm posting a new subject on mine now:
                Brian

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                • #9
                  RE: Table Lookup

                  Tom,

                  Help -
                  I donīt want to hijack, or whatever, this thread; but I have the same, I think, problem. Iīm posting a new subject on mine now:
                  Brian

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