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Ordinal ( number )

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Vaughan Bromfield, Vaughan Bromfield Design

Converts an integer into an ordinal number (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

Sample Input:
Ordinal ( 6 )
Sample Output:

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Based on a discussion held on FM Forums.
Contributions by Bob Weaver, LaRetta, and Vaughan Bromfield.

This function returns the number appended with the ordinal text.


d = Int( GetAsNumber( number ) ) ;
n = Mod ( Abs( d ) ; 100 )
] ;

d & Choose ( Min( 4 ; Mod( n ; 10 ) ) * ( ( n < 11 ) or ( n > 13 ) ) ; "th" ; "st" ; "nd" ; "rd" ; "th" )


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This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


Guys -

Hi, brilliant script - thank you.

However, when I come to export an excel sheet, the export cuts off the ordinal, ie :

1st just appears as 1 in excel, 28th as 28 etc.

Am I missing something to allow the ordinal part to be exported to excel?

Many thanks

Simon Jenkins, Llanwrda
March 20, 2018 4:08am

That's Excel modifying the data, nothing to do with FileMaker.

To confirm, open the exported data (csv or whatever) in a text editor (NOT Excel).

Vaughan Bromfield, Australia
March 21, 2018 11:53pm

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