I'm using A4V4 DOS. For many years. Just had occasion for the first

time to use calculated fields. The results, to put it charitably,

are not reassuring. The calculation in this instance is extremely

simple - just dividing one numerical field's value by another

numerical field's value - with the foreknowledge BTW that all

results are guaranteed to be positive numbers only, formatted

to one decimal place.

So - I get *three* different answers in three different places,

none of which are accurate. F7 (test while creating the expression)

gives one (wrong) result, the screen gives nothing but a row

of questionmarks, and the report print gives garbage which is

mathematically incorrect.

So what is the arcane secret for successful calculated fields

that I have apparently overlooked? I've RTFM not once or twice

but several times - I've verified what operator symbol is used

in an expression when dividing - I've looked for "format"

whizzies which I may be omitting - and nothing.

Anyone have any ideas?

Alpha is apparently in the process of relocating, and their

support staff are completely unavailable. None of the numbers

you can call, including their main line, do anything but

eventually dump your call back into the ether.

I love the software, but am becoming somewhat unimpressed

with their support committment.

Brewster Gillett

wbg@hevanet.com

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