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FormatList( TheList ; Adjust ; LenX )

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Therese Telepski, Art + Promotion

Format of every element of a given List

Sample Input:
FormatList( "1¶13¶145" ; "r" ; 3 )
Sample Output:

(The underscores are blanks in real output. In HTML here pure blanks are truncated, whereas   or & are shown as is.)

 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.


Based on 'AddConstantToListValues' by Simon Plint.

Sometimes it may be useful to apply some formatting to every element of a list; e.g. if you want to convert it into a formatted one line text string where every element is represented as an equidistant item. E.g. think of an attendance sheet for a recurring event like sports training etc., where the number of attendants may vary from 5 to 50.

The function adds white spaces to every element of the list, either right or left hand according to parameter 'Adjust', till the total length of that element reaches LenX.

Of course the blank spaces can be replaced by underscores or an arbitrary character given as a fourth parameter if needed and wanted.

The function is called recursively till the whole list is worked down.

To convert it to a single line just add a command like the following after applying the above format:
Substitute ( FormattedList ; "¶" ; Separator )

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

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The edit box doesn't want to accept Bündig =, and breaks there.

Is this a Function that we should have already.

Lee Smith, Woodland
June 21, 2010 12:50pm

Sorry, of course it has to be 'Adjust', not 'Bündig'.

I created this on a German system and had to translate every function back into English again -- and for sake of comprehensibility I did the same with the variable names, missing the one you mentioned.

Hope everything is straightened out now and working.



Therese Telepski, Suestedt, Germany
June 21, 2010 1:38pm

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