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Using Two Global Search Fields to filter portal records

Question asked by JasonAhn on Jul 18, 2014
Latest reply on Jul 18, 2014 by philmodjunk


Using Two Global Search Fields to filter portal records


     So here is my situation.

     I have a data table (price) that has fields, Material and Description

     I made a global table with global.material and global description

     I have a layout which displays the global fields at the top intended to search from and a portal below to show related fields from table Price

     I've managed to use setup a filter on the portal so that the global material and global description can be partially filled in and the portal will populate with matching records using a combination of the IsEmpty and PatternCount functions.

     Here is the issue. If I enter a value into the global material field, it will search correctly. If I enter a value in the description, it will not bring back any values. If I enter a value into BOTH the material and the description, it will work correctly and use both fields to search for records.

     I'd like to be able to search just the description as well and have it bring back all records, without having to put a value into the material field. I suspect it may have something to do with the table relationships I have set up. Does anyone have an idea on how to get this to work?