Subject: Re: Not keying decimal points From: "Neil Palmer" Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 20:21:08 -0500

```That's been something I've trying to figure out a better solution to for
years.  The answer is yes, IF you are willing to accept use of the Field -
key displaying a number like negative 25.55 as  25.5N when Field - is
pressed.  Of course it displays correctly when you redisplay the field.
If the user wants, they can also key 25.55- (key the '-' key after 25.55)
and press Field + or Field Exit, to avoid the 25.5N display.

REFSHIFT(Y)
EDTCDE(L)
CHECK(RB)
optionally - if you don't want negatives RANGE(0 99999.99)  or whatever
field size is

Oh - an amount of zero would display like
.00
and not
0.00

My main reason for wanting this, besides making decimal point entry
optional, was to clearly display to the user how many decimal fields they
are allowed to enter into the field.  So a blank zero pay rate field may
display like
.0000
which lets them know they have 4 decimal places they can use.

If anyone has a solution that eliminates the quirk with the display of
negative numbers when using the 'Field -' key  I'd sure like to hear it.

...Neil

Gwecnal@aol.com
Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
2001/01/25 12:30

To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
cc:
Subject:        Not keying decimal points

Is there some magic combination of keyboard shift, edit code or word, and
CHECK
keywords that will allow me to display a numeric like this:

0.00         left justified with decimal,  zero amount
12.34         left justified with decimal,  positive amount
45.67-        left justified with decimal, negative amount

AND

allow the user to key in an amount and use field plus or field minus to
justify
the entry

AND

have the use of the decimal point optional?  That is, they don't have to
key
the decimal, but they may.

The accounting people are used to not keying decimal points since they
do not have to on their calculators or older programs, but they would like
to start seeing the decimals on the entry screens.  All the above is easy
to do if you don't need editing, and I can't quite figure out how to do it

with
editing.

TIA, Lance

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