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GetValueSet_MultiLevel ( child ; parent ; startValue ; childMarker ; c

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Don Levan, Small Company

This function returns a valueset in a subsummary format within a field.

Sample Input:
GetValueSet_MultiLevel ( Children::Child ; Children::Parents ; 1 ; " • " ; "¶" ; "¶¶" )
Sample Output:
Sally and Joe
• Joe Jr.
• Jane
• Sally Jean
• Jimmy
• Bill

Mary and Dan
• Bill
• Barry
• Sam

Jane and Jack
• Tommy
• Moe
• Tate
• Jake

Sue and Seth
• Sarah
• Arthur

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This function returns a valueset in a subsummary format.

This function requires that the data be denormalized so that the break field from the parent table resides within the child table. It is also required that the child table be sorted by the parent id or the parent data field.

It adapted from the "GetValueSet" function created by Ray Cologon of NightWing Enterprises (

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'm working with your CF, but I don't know the reason when the parent only has one value selected, always MISS an a paragraph. Per exemple:

When It should be:


Any ideas would be very appreciated!!!

Serp, Barcelona
September 01, 2009 4:25am

Great CF - thanks, Don!

I ran into the same issue and found that the parentDelimiter is only called in the result of the first argument of the base case statement. It needs to be called in *both* the first result and the default result, as part of the embedded Case statement (and then the childDelimiter removed from the beginning of the first result). I also added another argument in the embedded Case statements to skip the delimiter entirely for the last value, so as not to end with a final delimiter. Here's my modifications:

Case (
GetNthRecord (parent; startValue ) = GetNthRecord (parent; startValue - 1);
childMarker & GetNthRecord ( child; StartValue ) &
Case (
Not IsValid ( GetNthRecord ( child; startValue + 1));
GetNthRecord (parent; startValue ) ≠ GetNthRecord (parent; startValue + 1);

GetNthRecord (parent; startValue ) & childDelimiter & childMarker & GetNthRecord ( child; startValue ) &
Case (
Not IsValid ( GetNthRecord ( child; startValue + 1));
GetNthRecord (parent; startValue ) ≠ GetNthRecord (parent; startValue + 1);



If(IsValid(GetNthRecord ( child; startValue + 1));
GetValueSet_MultiLevel ( child ; parent ; startValue +1; childMarker; childDelimiter; parentDelimiter))

Katherine Simpson, Valencia, CA
October 17, 2010 3:40pm

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