Using ?OpenView&StartKey on the Web for numbers

Using ?OpenView&StartKey on the web for numbers

Using ?OpenView⋆tKey on the Web for numbers...

Say you have a situation where the view leading key is a number, this by itself poses no problem. However, when you try to access this view from the Web using something like this:

http://Host/Database/ViewNoteID?OpenView&StartKey=<string>

Then the funs begin ......

It seems that you have to use a string in the first column (the sorted one) so you go ahead and use @Text(<Your_Numeric_Key>) ,if you do that things get no better because the @Text function remove the leading zeros and the result looks like this:

     6  
     60 
     600
     601
     61 
     610
     699
     7  
     70 
     700
     71 
     710
     719
     72 

However if you use a formula like this one:

@Repeat(" "; 5 - @Length(@Text(<Your_Numeric_Key>))) + @Text(<Your_Numeric_Key>)

(The 5 stands for a key up to 99999. If you expect a bigger key, use a bigger number) The formula adds leading blanks so the result in nicely adjust and the result looks like this:

  6
  7
  8
  9
 10
 11

In order to use the StartKey= we have to add leading blanks: The full code for the Java script stuff is to big to fit here but it comes down to this:

query.value =  "               ".substr(1,5 - query.value.length) + query.value ;
window.opener.location.search= "?OpenView&StartKey=" + query.value + "&Count=10&"  ;

Note: query is the field the user will fill to get to the required key.

This was last published in August 2001

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