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MatchValues ( Values ; Pattern ; StartsOrEndsOrPartialOrExact )

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Koji Takeuchi, Splash, Inc.

Return values by matching Pattern with option (Starts with, Ends with, Partial, Exact).

Sample Input:
MatchValues ( "<<foo>>aa¶bb¶cc<<bar>>" ; "<<foo>>" ; "Starts" )
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MatchValues ( Values ; Pattern ; StartsOrEndsOrPartialOrExact )
2013.02.18, Koji Takeuchi <>

Return values by matching Pattern with option (Starts with, Ends with, Partial, Exact).
MatchValues ( "<<foo>>aa¶bb¶cc<<bar>>" ; "<<foo>>" ; "Starts" )
= <<foo>>aa
MatchValues ( "<<foo>>aa¶bb¶cc<<bar>>" ; "bb" ; "Exact" )
= bb
MatchValues ( "<<foo>>aa¶bb¶cc<<bar>>" ; "b" ; "Partial" )
= bb¶cc<<bar>>
MatchValues ( "<<foo>>aa¶bb¶cc<<bar>>" ; "b" ; "Exact" )
= ""

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I'm trying to use this function to replace the patternCount function in a portal filter calc, but it doesn't seem to be working. Any help would be appreciated.

I'm using this technique... iltering-filtered-portals

I want to change it so the portal only displays records that have words that start with the text being searched for.

Adam, Portland, OR
November 08, 2014 8:01am

Thanks for the useful CF. It was exactly what I needed!

Chris Van Buren, Tintern, UK
April 30, 2015 9:42am

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