• Subject: RE: Not keying decimal points
  • From: "Shaw, David" <dshaw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 14:40:23 -0500

Neil,

I don't have a solution, but I do have a work-around for emulators that
allow defining macros and mapping them to keys.  Create a macro that
consists of the dash and Field +, then map it to the Field - key.  Works
great for me, even if it is ugly.

Dave Shaw
Spartan International, Inc.
Spartanburg, SC
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-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Palmer [mailto:neilp@dpslink.com]

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
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