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  • Lookup List Field Rules

    I've created a lookup list for input of data, but I cannot set the rules to show everything in the lookup list in alpha format (A to Z). Do I have to create a lookup table in order to do this or can a simple list be set in alpha order?

  • #2
    Re: Lookup List Field Rules

    If you're using a simple list lookup I think you have to arrange the desired sort sequence in the list by hand. i.e. in the list you build in field rules.


    • #3
      Re: Lookup List Field Rules

      Tom is right.

      I found this out the hard way and as such I use lookup tables.
      The problem with the lists is that they tend to change with time and ordering every time there is a change is a pain.
      The tables can be indexed and ordered.



      • #4
        Re: Lookup List Field Rules

        This should alphabetize a lookup field rule simple list.

        tbl ="tablename")
        rul = tbl.rules_get()
        entries =  rul.fieldname.Lookup.Simple_List.size()
        pres_order = ""
        for qx = 1 to entries
        	pres_order = pres_order+rul.fieldname.Lookup.Simple_List[qx].ID+crlf()
        new_order = sortsubstr(pres_order,crlf())
        for qz = 1 to entries
        	rul.fieldname.Lookup.Simple_List[qz].ID = word(new_order,qz,crlf())
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Lookup List Field Rules

          That Stan comes up with some of the best code ever...
          Al Buchholz
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          When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
          "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
          Albert Einstein


          • #6
            Re: Lookup List Field Rules

            Aww, you say the sweetest things.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              Re: Lookup List Field Rules

              I know this is old, but looking thru the methods for a field's table lookup is a bit daunting. I am having trouble getting a table lookup to reflect the column sizes I set and instead they are all scrunched together. Also I am not using the drop down option. I have tried deleting the rule, compacting the table and adding it back but it keeps doing the same thing. So then I tried setting a form based field rule lookup, but get the same result. I need the feature to fill in a field. Other fields in the table have lookups and they are working fine - its just this one field.

              Any ideas?
              Last edited by MoGrace; 09-26-2018, 10:03 PM.

              Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


              • #8
                Re: Lookup List Field Rules

                In case anyone is interested my workaround was to create a custom browse and use that for my lookup table. It still doesn't show my columns at the width I wanted but at least it is readable now.

                Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford