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2 posts in PB Infomaker Report Writer Last posting was on 2001-06-12 22:28:08.0Z
Terry Dykstra Posted on 1997-06-12 21:18:02.0Z
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brent.peterson Posted on 2001-06-12 22:28:08.0Z
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Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 18:28:08 -0400
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We have created a fairly complicated crosstab report,
and have run into a major problem.

The crosstab report has one column in the "column" setup (and
several rows and one "value"), called u_name_report.
This column contains say 10-15 different values
on any given report.

The problem is that the columns must appear in a specified order.

Knowing that InfoMaker sorts crosstab columns alphabetically,
we put a sorting "code" into the first 3 characters of the field,
for example: A10Total Solids, A20%Fat, A30Solids Not Fat, etc.

(these columns should appear as Total Solids, %Fat, Solids Not Fat, etc.)

Then, in the crosstab column definition, we set it up as the following:
computed field:

right(u_name_report, len(u_name_report)-3)

This seemed like the perfect solution, until we realised that
infomaker then sorts this column in alphabetical order, after having
already truncated off the 1st 3 characters, giving us back the original
order we started with.

Do you know of any possible way to be able to sort the "previewed"
columns of a single crosstab column in a specified way???

Static crosstab reports are not a viable option, as there could be
say 200-300 possible column arrangements (and having a separate report
for each one is not practical).

Are we missing something? Is there a way to get infomaker to
do what we need?

All comments and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Kimberly Weldon (Thermo LabSystems)
Brent Peterson (Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture)