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StackWords (Text; StartingIndex; Stack)

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John Shanks, Sunset Knoll Consulting

Accepts text consisting of a sequence of words separated by spaces and produces a return-delimited list of the words

Sample Input:
StackWords ("The boy rode the blue bicycle"; ""; "")
Sample Output:

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


This function takes advantage of the recursive nature of custom functions move along a set of word (as in a sentence) and stack those words into a return-delimited list. The function stacks one word each recursion until the set is exhausted and returns the result back up through the recusion sequence.

We used this to form a key field pointing relationally to a table of words to determine the existence of words from that table in the sentence of interest.

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

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


I couldn't get this to work. I wish custom function posters would include a little more information for newbies.

Wendy, Wisconsin
March 13, 2015 2:20pm

Just use the Substitute function!
Nest as appropriate.
For example, the following will substitute spaces and hyphens with returns.

Substitute ( Substitute ( YourField ; " "; "¶"); "-"; "¶")

Alistair, U.K.
October 10, 2017 11:52am

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