Search field: ability to find 1 part, range, or specific parts

Dear experts!
I am trying to find canned code that allows me to enter a search field, similar to the print dialog in Windows: ability to find one or more parts, according to any of the following syntax options:
1 (finds part 1)
1-4 (finds parts 1-4)
1,4,6,7 (finds parts 1 4 6 and 7)
etc.

Function would validate the string in some fashion, and then be able to set the filter on a subform to only those parts whose key field matched the above criteria.

Any ideas?

THANKS
terpsichoreAsked:
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
post a sample db and detail explanation...
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als315Commented:
You can create function with text string and criteria as parameters, which will return true or false.
Use split to separate criterias from delimited string. If any of criteria will match, return true, else - false.
Add this function as a column to your subform's record source. Add filter to this field (=true). After criteria field will be changed, requery subform. Filter can be switched on and off.
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terpsichoreAuthor Commented:
I guess j was asking if someone had or knew of a canned procedure since the logic isn't trivial.
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aikimarkCommented:
your description is trivial.  If the problem isn't trivial, you need to be more specific.
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terpsichoreAuthor Commented:
I will do my best.
We have a part table, that has a key field (autonumber) of ID, and a Part_Number that is sequential within each project (1,2,3,4,5 - no other numbering is possible; these numbers are automatically assigned).
I have a subform that displays records for the various parts on this project. The problem is that many projects have many parts and the display is cumbersome.
We would like a control similar to that found in the print dialog, where you can choose to print pages like this: 1 or 1-2 or 1,3,5,7.
Hopefully that helps....
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
there is no available canned codes for what you are want.. here is how you can start this going

dim str as string, j as integer, strDelim, strFilter, nArr

'test for the content of the textbox named "txt0"

if instr(txt0,"-") > 0 then strdelim="-"

if instr(txt0,",") > 0 then strdelim=","

select case strdelim
     case "-"
            strFilter="[part_number] >= " & split(txt0,"-")(0) &" and [part_number] <= " & split(txt0,"-")(1)

     case ","
            nArr=split(txt0,",")
            for j=0 to ubound(nArr)
                  str=str & "," & nArr(j)
             next
            str=mid(str,2)
            strFilter="[part_number] In (" & str & ")"

    case else
           strFilter="[part_number]= " & txt0
end select


now you can use strFilter to filter the subform



me.subformcontrolName.form.filter=strFIlter
me.subformcontrolName.form.filteron=true
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aikimarkCommented:
This will work to create a selection criterion for a filter property or a domain function or a query.
Public Function RecordFilter(ByVal parmFilter As String, ByVal parmKeyFieldname As String) As String
    Dim strCondition As String
    Dim strParsed() As String
    Dim strInVals As String
    Dim strBetweenVals As String
    Dim lngLoop As Long
    strParsed = Split(parmFilter, ",")
    For lngLoop = 0 To UBound(strParsed)
        If InStr(strParsed(lngLoop), "-") = 0 Then
            strInVals = strInVals & "," & strParsed(lngLoop)
        Else
            strBetweenVals = strBetweenVals & " and (" & parmKeyFieldname & " between " & Split(strParsed(lngLoop), "-")(0) & " and " & Split(strParsed(lngLoop), "-")(1) & ")"
        End If
    Next
    RecordFilter = parmKeyFieldname & " In (" & Mid(strInVals, 2) & ") " & strBetweenVals
End Function

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x="1,3,5,7,13-19, 21, 26-35"
?RecordFilter(x, "id")
id In (1,3,5,7, 21)  and (id between 13 and 19) and (id between  26 and 35)

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aikimarkCommented:
oops.  the logical operator should be an OR instead of an AND

Public Function RecordFilter(ByVal parmFilter As String, ByVal parmKeyFieldname As String) As String
    Dim strCondition As String
    Dim strParsed() As String
    Dim strInVals As String
    Dim strBetweenVals As String
    Dim lngLoop As Long
    strParsed = Split(parmFilter, ",")
    For lngLoop = 0 To UBound(strParsed)
        If InStr(strParsed(lngLoop), "-") = 0 Then
            strInVals = strInVals & "," & strParsed(lngLoop)
        Else
            strBetweenVals = strBetweenVals & " or (" & parmKeyFieldname & " between " & Split(strParsed(lngLoop), "-")(0) & " and " & Split(strParsed(lngLoop), "-")(1) & ")"
        End If
    Next
    RecordFilter = parmKeyFieldname & " In (" & Mid(strInVals, 2) & ") " & strBetweenVals
End Function

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should return the following string
id In (1,3,5,7, 21)  or (id between 13 and 19) or (id between  26 and 35)

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terpsichoreAuthor Commented:
amazing - perfect solution. thanks so much.
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
:-)
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terpsichoreAuthor Commented:
actually I should have awarded capricorn some points as well - my apologies. How do I notify sysadmin?
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
click on  Request Attention  somewhere below the box where you posted your original question
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aikimarkCommented:
@capricorn1

Does your code cover multiple #-# ranges?
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terpsichoreAuthor Commented:
yes - I tweaked the original code (there were a few modifications needed) and it is working well. thanks.
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