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SQL statement with binary notation value in a Field - HOW?

Hi Experts,
I have a database application in Delphi 6 with Firebird 1.5 backend. This is the required behavior.
Whenever an administrator creates a record, he will assign the clients (All or 1 to 4) eligible to view. I'm saving the selected value as integer using binary notation. Eg  
0 - all can view (0000)
1 - Only Client 1 can view (0001)
2 - Only Client 2 can view (0010)
3 - 1 & 2 can view (0011)
4 - Only Client 3 can view (0100)
5 - 1 & 3 can view  (0101)

Now on the client side, how can I select those records viewable by a particular client?
Am I doing something complex? Or Should I change the way I store the value? I can change the design if there are better suggestions.

Regards
PCS

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Nick UpsonPrincipal Operations EngineerCommented:
you want to use the bin_and and bin_or udf functions that come with 1.5 but are not installed by default, there are scripts in the UDF directory of the firebird instaliation. you can then do "select .... from .... where .... and bin_and(client_id, binary_view)

if datavolumes are large this may be slow

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pcssecureAuthor Commented:
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