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Text Formatting Functions

In previous versions of FileMaker Pro, there was no way to affect the display of a field (that is, color, size, font, style) via calculation formulas. Developers had to come up with workarounds for seemingly simple tasks, such as having the contents of a field change color based on some conditional test. For example, a typical workaround was stacking two calculation fields on top of one another, each formatted with a different text color on the layout, and then having a conditional test in each turn it “on” or “off” to simulate the effect of the text changing color.

In FileMaker Pro 7, six new text formatting functions obviate the need for many of these old workaround options. They are each discussed in detail in Appendix B, but here we demonstrate some examples of how and why you might use these functions.



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