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StringConstruct ( text ; prefix ; suffix ; altText )

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Chad Sager, IT Solutions Consulting, Inc.
http://www.itsolutions-inc.com/Filemaker

Shows a value if present with an option prefix and suffix, otherwise shows alternate text

Sample Input:
Student::Name & " is " & StringConstruct ( Student::Age; "an "; " year old" & StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; " "; "."; " person." ); StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; ""; "."; "a person." ) )
Sample Output:
Joe is an 18 year old male.


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Description:

PURPOSE: used to concatenated text strings, extremely useful when trying to build natural language text strings.
You can point to a text value, if its empty, only the Alt text will display if provided.
If there is a value for the text the prefix and suffix will show, if provided.

PARAMETERS:
text - the text you want to display
prefix - a prefix to the text
suffix - a suffix to the text
altText - an alternate text to show if the primary text is empty

IMPORTANT NOTES: remember if you want any or all the parameters to be empty, just use "" (double quotes)


EXAMPLES:
Student::Name = "Joe"
Student::Gender = "male"
Student::Name & " is " & StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; "" ; "." ; "a person." )
Returns "Joe is male."

Student::Name = "Joe"
Student::Gender = ""
Student::Name & " is " & StringConstruct ( Student::Gender ; "" ; "." ; "a person." )
returns "Joe is a person."

Student::Name = "Joe"
Student::Gender = "male"
Student::Age = 18
Student::Name & " is " & StringConstruct ( Student::Age; "a "; " year old" & StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; " "; "."; " person." ); StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; ""; "."; "a person." ) )
Returns:
"Joe is a 18 year old male."

Student::Name = "Joe"
Student::Gender = ""
Student::Age = 18
Student::Name & " is " & StringConstruct ( Student::Age; "an "; " year old" & StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; " "; "."; " person." ); StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; ""; "."; "a person." ) )
Returns:
"Joe is a 18 year old person."

Student::Name = "Joe"
Student::Gender = ""
Student::Age = ""
Student::Name & " is " & StringConstruct ( Student::Age; "an "; " year old" & StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; " " ; "." ; " person." ) ; StringConstruct ( Student::Gender ; "" ; "." ; "a person." ) )
Returns:
"Joe is a person."

Student::Name = "Joe"
Student::Gender = "male"
Student::Age = 18
Student::Name & " is " & StringConstruct ( Student::Age ; "an " ; " year old" & StringConstruct ( Student::Gender ; " " ; "." ; " person." ) ; StringConstruct ( Student::Gender; "" ; "." ; "a person." ) )
Returns:
"Joe is male."

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