# Help! detect if label1.caption is less than label2.caption

Ok heres wha i've got:

1 form
1 timer
label1
label2

On create timer 1 containing the following code adds '1' to label1.caption at a 3000 interval

If label1.caption < label2.Caption then label1.caption :=IntToStr(StrToInt(label1.caption+1);

(automatically another timer counts the number of messages on a mail server and the count is put in caption2)

This code is to stop the number in label1 exceeding label2. and if this happens there is a seperate piece of code which makes the whole process start over again.

It all works fine when

label1.caption = Between 1-9
label2.caption Between 1-9

But as soon as Label2 = more than 9 (i.e 10) it goes wrong because it is almost like timer 1 reads label2 as being 1 and not 10 and so starts back at 1 again because by now label1 will = 2/3/4//5 etc...

Using the above code how do i get timer 1 to only add '1' to label1 if this will not exceed label2 - and to get timer 1 to recognize that if label2 = 10 it it is 10 and not 1?????? therefore meaning that label2 is more than label1 so procced adding 1 to label1.

Hope this all maks sense!!!!

If you are able to help please provide full source code (its far better to spell it out than waste time going backwards and forwards)

Cheers

Harry.
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Commented:
when you do this comparison you don't compare two numbers, you compare two strings.

If label1.caption < label2.Caption then label1.caption :=IntToStr(StrToInt(label1.caption+1);

so if you convert the two labelcaptions to numbers before you compare them it should work

If StrToInt(label1.caption) < StrToInt(label2.Caption) then label1.caption :=IntToStr(StrToInt(label1.caption+1);

hope this helps

helgesen

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Author Commented:
Hi helgesen,

I have taken your code an have improved it so thanks....