filter question

Jim Ault JimAultWins at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 14 15:24:57 EST 2006


Yes, that clarifies the situation.  You probably need more that one format
and test for the differences, then apply the right version.

Thanks

Jim Ault
Las Vegas


On 3/14/06 11:31 AM, "Chris Sheffield" <cmsheffield at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm not really 100% sure to be honest.  I think it's because in my
> case I have to account for filtering with only a partial string.  So
> for example, if my user enters "a", the filter needs to return any
> records where say the third item of each line begins with "a".
> 
> Because Phil's solution uses tabs around the filter string (tab & fld
> "filter" & tab), it doesn't work quite right for me.  I tried a
> couple different modifications, including placing *'s between the
> filter string and the tabs, to make it work for me but couldn't find
> anything that worked in all cases.
> 
> Hope that provides you with a little more information.
> 
> Chris
> 
> 
> On Mar 14, 2006, at 12:25 PM, Jim Ault wrote:
> 
>> Hey, Chris,
>> 
>> I know you probably don't have the time, but I am wondering why Phil's
>> solution did not work.  I use the filter command all the time and
>> Phil had
>> the correct syntax and useage, as far as I could see.
>> 
>> Mostly just curiosity to find exceptions or tricky problems for future
>> reference.  Surprised it did not work.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Jim Ault
>> Las Vegas
>> 
>> 
>> On 3/14/06 11:01 AM, "Chris Sheffield" <cmsheffield at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> Thanks, Sarah.  I ended up going with a solution similar to this to
>>> get the job done.  I thought Phil's suggestion would have worked, and
>>> that's what I was trying to do, but unfortunately it didn't.
>>> 
>>> But thanks to all who responded.
>>> 
>>> Chris
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Mar 13, 2006, at 5:08 PM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:
>>> 
>>>> It might be faster to filter the list simply to reduce it to lines
>>>> that contain the filter string anywhere, and then do a loop to check
>>>> if the filter string is in the correct item.
>>>> 
>>>> -- gather the original data and the required settings
>>>> put fld "List" into tList
>>>> put fld "Filter into Filter
>>>> put 3 into tItemNum
>>>> 
>>>> -- do the first filter to reduce the list
>>>> filter tList with "*" & tFilter & "*"
>>>> 
>>>> -- loop through making sure it appears in the right item
>>>> put empty into tMatches
>>>> repeat for each line L in tList
>>>>   if item tItemNum of L contains tFilter then put L & cr after
>>>> tMatches
>>>> end repeat
>>>> 
>>>> -- remove the trailing cr
>>>> delete last char of tMatches
>>>> 
>>>> -- display the matching results
>>>> put tMatches into fld "Results"
>>>> 
>>>> Sarah
>>>> 
>>>> On 3/14/06, Phil Davis <davis.phil at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>>> Hi Chris,
>>>>> 
>>>>> To filter on column 3, are you using something like this?
>>>>> 
>>>>>    put fld "list" into tList
>>>>>    filter tList \
>>>>>        with "*" & tab & "*" & tab & fld "filter" & tab & "*"
>>>>>    put tList into fld "list"
>>>>> 
>>>>> Phil Davis
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Chris Sheffield wrote:
>>>>>> I'm trying to apply a filter to a list field.  The columns of
>>>>>> the  field
>>>>>> are tab delimited.  I have a separate "filter" field that  allows
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> user to apply a filter to the list based on whichever  column
>>>>>> is the
>>>>>> current sort column.  I can get the filter to work fine  so long
>>>>>> as the
>>>>>> first column is selected, but anything else does not  work.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> How can I apply a filter to a list based on say item 3 of each
>>>>>> line  of
>>>>>> that list?  Is that possible?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> Chris
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>> 
>> 
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