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Field rule lookup - select "A"; enter "X"

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  • Field rule lookup - select "A"; enter "X"

    Maybe I'm mixing one concept with another but I thought there was a way to create a simple(?) lookup list in the field rules that would allow you to see/type one thing but enter something else into the field.

    I'd like to see a list that says:

    But enters the actual value as:
    Item 1
    Item 2
    Item 3

    The problem with entering the actual value is that each actual value starts with the same letter which means the user either has to type the whole thing or select it with the mouse - not something real data entry people like to do.

    I'd swear there was something somewhere that had a syntax something like:
    A:Item 1
    B:Item 2
    C:Item 3
    that allowed the user to type "A" and get "Item 1". Anybody know if something like this can be done in the regular field rule lookup?

    I don't want a cascading list or a table lookup. If it's the only choice, I can do those myself - just wondering if I'm on the right track here and just having a momentary "black out". If I have to, I could probably come up an xdialog routine or a CanWrite routine but I'd rather do something like I've described if it's available.

  • #2
    Re: Field rule lookup - select "A"; enter "X"

    Perhaps you're thinking of "coded lookups" ? They're not quite what you describe but they're pretty close. I think you'd have to implement them using a table lookup field rule, not a simple list.


    • #3
      Re: Field rule lookup - select "A"; enter "X"

      Display + "|" + Value I believe... I think the | is called a pipe character?


      • #4
        Re: Field rule lookup - select "A"; enter "X"

        The pipe symbol didn't work and I don't want to build another table just for this so I just added the following code in the CanWrite event.

        If anyone does know of an easy way to do this in the regular field rules, let me know. If not, I'll post it in the wish list.

        IF a_field_value = "D"
            A_field_value = "Agent Drops"
        ELSEIF A_field_value = "H" .or. A_field_value = "G" 'just to catch typos.
            A_field_value = "Agent Hangs"
        END IF
        (No, we are not really hanging the agent. That's just short for, "The real estate agent will hang the sign after the post is installed." On the other hand, I've met a few real estate agents that might be worth hanging.)


        • #5
          Re: Field rule lookup - select "A"; enter "X"

          Hi, Cal,

          I've done what you want with an x-dialog using the pipe "|" character, but I don't see that offered in the field rules.



          • #6
            Re: Field rule lookup - select "A"; enter "X"

            Originally posted by CALocklin View Post
            The pipe symbol didn't work and I don't want to build another table just for this
            Ah yes I remember now... This bugged me too, must have forgotten about it because I moved on swiftly and created a lookup table...

            However having thought on it a bit, there is a way to get around it. Have 1 field in the database for the value and one for the text, then define a lookup (simple list) on the text field, and add the value column to the lookup. Specify the list of values in the value column and the list of corresponding display texts in the text column. This then displays the text field choices in the dropdown or browse lookup for that field, and also stores the value in the other field. (See screenshots)

            I don't see why there shouldn't be an option for lookups, so yes I second the suggestion... However the nature of a lookup field in A5 is that you fill several fields with the choice made in one field, so I guess that is why such dropdowns are customised for this purpose? Also, it does make displaying the value in reports etc. easier, too...
            Last edited by NoeticCC; 01-24-2008, 04:53 PM.