Brian Dunning's FileMaker Custom Functions

RemoveByValueList ( text ; valueList )

Removes matching words from a text string, based upon words contained in a value list.

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  Sample input:
RemoveByValueList ( "Joe Smith III" , "II¶III¶Esq.¶Sr." )
  Sample output:
Joe Smith

  Function definition: (Copy & paste into FileMaker's Edit Custom Function window)

Removes matching words from a text string, based upon words contained in a value list.

How it works (because the principal can be used for many different problems):

Basically it substitutes the ¶'s in the value list with the necessary syntax for array of values. This text is prepared as if you manually built it and then is Evaluated to execute it. After the execute a TrimAll is performed to remove extra spaces.

 

Comments

Jonathan Mickelson   Jonathan Mickelson
Dec 7, 2009
I updated the calc, the previous paste must have stripped necessary escape characters.
 
Monty Lewis   Monty Lewis, Gloucester, MA
Aug 12, 2010
This is a great function. I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to do the opposite of this and return the matched value of a value list item instead of removing it.

Thanks, Monty
 

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