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Request - Assisance with Multiple Wild Card Selection Formula

Request - Assisance with Multiple Wild Card Selection Formula

I am working on a formula to select data based on a text filed is the following conditions are true :

GAMMA\abc123 or GAMMA\abc1234

Where: “GAMMA\” is a constant
“abc” represents a group of three characters that can vary
“123” and “1234” represnt a grouping of numbers that can vary

I have tried using the IN and LIKE functions as follows and in several variations

({} LIKE “*GAMMA\???###*”) OR ({} LIKE “*GAMMA\???####*”)

({} IN [“*GAMMA\???###*”]) OR ({} IN [“*GAMMA\???####*”)]

Only {} LIKE “*GAMMA*” returns any data… but of course too much.

{} LIKE “*GAMMA\*” returns no data at all.

All help on this issue very welcome.

RE: Request - Assisance with Multiple Wild Card Selection Formula

The problem is the use of the backslash, which probably is a reserved character. The # sign can be used for formatting, but does not work here, from what I can tell. Create a formula {@replace} like this:


...and then change your selection formula to:

{@replace} like "*GAMMA-???*"

The original field with backslash will be appear in the report--you don't have to replace it for purposes of display.


RE: Request - Assisance with Multiple Wild Card Selection Formula

Excellent... worked exactly as you described !

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