Brian Dunning's FileMaker Custom Functions

LeftItems ( text ; numberOfItems )

Returns same result as LeftValues without the training return

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  Sample input:
LeftItems ( "Red
White
Blue" ; 1 )
  Sample output:
Red

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

The new LeftValues function in FileMaker 7 returns a result with a trailing return character. Here is a quote for the LeftValues function from the FileMaker 7 online help.

"Each returned value ends with a carriage return, allowing lists to be easily concatenated."

It is more time consuming to remove the trailing return when extracting a value from a list than to add a return when concatenating lists. The LeftItems custom function works the same as the LeftValues function without the trailing return.

 

Comments

Travis   Travis, Denver, CO
Sep 26, 2016
As currently written, LeftItems ( "one-┬Âtwo" ; 1 ) will return "one" and not "one-".

Here's an alternative function that returns "one-":

Let ( output = LeftValues ( text ; numberOfItems ) ; Left ( output ; Length ( output ) - 1 ) )
 

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