sort by length of line (Weird)

dunbarx at aol.com dunbarx at aol.com
Mon Dec 12 17:19:37 EST 2011


Well, well.


I never would have thought it was doing that, though I get it. 


Thanks all. 



-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Ray <kray at sonsothunder.com>
To: How to use LiveCode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com>
Sent: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 8:08 am
Subject: Re: sort by length of line (Weird)



On Dec 12, 2011, at 11:09 AM, Mark Schonewille wrote:

> Try numeric.

Right - Here's an explanation: when you sort by length, what gets sorted is the 
actual *numbers* themselves, so unless you tell LC to "sort numeric", you'll get 
things in this order:

1
10
11
2
3
4
(etc.).

With your data, it would be:

10    (the length of "DEZINCKING")
11    (the length of "RAZORBACKS")
13    (the length of "ZOOPLANKTONIC")
6      (the length of "ZINCKY")
6      (the length of "ZEBECK")
(etc.) 

So if you do:

  sort numeric tData by length(each)

you'll get what you're looking for…

Ken Ray
Sons of Thunder Software, Inc.
Email: kray at sonsothunder.com
Web Site: http://www.sonsothunder.com/	

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