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Value Lists and Dropdowns For Calculations

Question asked by we3dumys on May 5, 2010
Latest reply on May 7, 2010 by philmodjunk


Value Lists and Dropdowns For Calculations


Filemaker 10 Pro, OSX

Total Newbie


I have been given the task of creating a pricing calculator for the services my company offers. I have some succes in getting things to work right, but not totally, so I am hoping someone can point out exactly what I am messing up.


So I started the databases by creating separate tables for each different types of services, i.e, FinishingOptions, DataServices. I am only going to use FinishingOptions as an example, because it is pretty typical...


The FinishingOptions table has 2 fields- FinishingType and PerPiecePrice.


What I am trying to do is get the FinishingOptions table to work as a value list, so when the user is doing a price calculation, they can just choose FinishType1, FinishType2, FinishType3 etc from a dropdown, but I can calculate a total based on the PerPiecePrice as defined by the finishing type.


I just don't want the end user to be able see what the price actually is in the dropdown, just FinishingType. Right now, I can get this to sort of work- I get  a dropdown that shows the price, and the FinishingType, and calculates correctly, but it's not the exact behavior I am looking for.


Didn't see anything else on the Forum that dealt with this exactly, or if there was I didn't see it.