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Test if Field contains ANY text

Question asked by SeanMann on Oct 11, 2011
Latest reply on Oct 11, 2011 by philmodjunk


Test if Field contains ANY text



I'm trying to write a calculation that involves a field that may have text in it. The data is exported from one database into excel and then imported into Filemaker for creating reports. 

I currently have the field set so that its format is number, however if the data in that field is a mixture of text and numbers, Filemaker automatically removes and non-numerical text and reports that the field contains a number.

For example:

The field actually contains

"This gift will have anotehr $500 payment on 10/10/2012"

and Filemaker reports this number


I need to use this field in numerical calculation and this causes issues.

What I thought to do would be set up validation on the field, but it doesn't seem to work since the data is already imported.

So then I thought there must be some function I can use to test wether that field contains any text and then if that test returns true I can stop the calculation from occuring.

Any help is welcome.