• Subject: Re: Not keying decimal points
  • From: "Neil Palmer" <neilp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 00:09:29 -0500

That doesn't make any difference to the behaviour of the Field - key 
changing negative 0 through nine to '}JKLMNOPQR'   -  besides an edit word 
is more trouble than it's worth, having to count out the exact number of 
replaceable characters, troubles when field lengths change, etc.


Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
2001/01/26 21:32
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        To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
        Subject:        Re: Not keying decimal points

What if you used the EDTWRD('    0.000-')  instead of the L edit code?
Booth Martin

"Neil Palmer" <neilp@dpslink.com>
Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
01/26/2001 08:21 PM
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        To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
        Subject:        Re: Not keying decimal points

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.

optionally - if you don't want negatives RANGE(0 99999.99)  or whatever 
field size is

Oh - an amount of zero would display like 
and not 

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
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.


Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
2001/01/25 12:30
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        To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
        Subject:        Not keying decimal points

Is there some magic combination of keyboard shift, edit code or word, and 
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


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


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


TIA, Lance

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