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TotalList ( valueList )

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Get the total of all number values of a given list

Sample Input:
TotalList ("1¶.22¶.11¶xyz")
Sample Output:

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All the credits to Mr Geoff Wells ( who had written the original one.
Because the use of LeftWords() and RightWords() Geoff's CF was not able to properly add any numbers less than 1 to the total.
For example: TotalList (".11¶.22¶1") returned as result 34 instead of 1.33
Now TotalList (".11¶.22¶1") returns 1.33
Why the old CF was wrong?
LeftWords() and Rightwords() use not-alphanumeric chars as word's separators so:
LeftWords(".11¶.22¶1" ; 1) returns "11".
LeftValues(".11¶.22¶1" ; 1) instead returns .11

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Is there a situation where the following non-recursive function wouldn't accomplish the same task?

Evaluate ( "Sum ( GetAsNumber ( \"" & Substitute ( valueList ; "¶" ; "\" ) ; GetAsNumber ( \"" ) & "\" ) )" )

Rob Westergaard, Davis, CA
February 08, 2010 11:07pm

Does not handle negative numbers

rivet, TO
March 18, 2011 5:35pm

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