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    Re Another New User Question

    My table of school alumni consists of 1000+ records. The initial field in the Browse view is CLASS which contains the graduation year of each record, if known. I would like to add ' (apostrophe) in front of the class yearso that each recordwoul look like 'NN. Ho can I do this foreach record even if the Class field is blank?

    RE: Re Another New User Question

    Details, Robert? What does a blank class field mean, and what would you want to display if it is blank?

    Is the class field character or numeric? Best way seems to define a calculated field for your browse.

    If the field is numeric the calc expression might be....

    if(class>0,chr(39) + str(class,2),chr(39)+"00")

    If the field is character....

    if(val(class)>0,chr(39) + alltrim(class),chr(39)+"00")

    Then put the calc field in the browse in place of the real field.
    There can be only one.


      RE: Re Another New User Question

      Wouldn't it be easier to just put the "'" on the report or letter, and not in the data itself? I'm a stickler for m=not putting extraneous (?) characters in a database.


        RE: Re Another New User Question

        With over 1400 records, often the "class" of a particular alumnus is not known, therefore that field is empty.

        Since the table was originally from Alpha4, I took a look at that record in A4 and was able to edit it there and insert the number for "Class", and it carried over when I looked at it in A5. Perhaps someone can explain this to me.


          RE: Re Another New User Question

          Robert - are you opening the same file with both A4 and A5,
          or is A5 using a copy of the .dbf in a different folder ?



            RE: Re Another New User Question

            Lowell, It appears that I am, unwitingly, opening the same file in both A4& A5, and of course that explains everything. What's the solution? Do I copy that file and give it another name and move the copy to a different folder?


              RE: Re Another New User Question

              I would try moving the dbf file to a new folder, All of the other stuff needs to be rewritten for a5.
              Good Luck