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  1. #1
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    Smile Unanswered: replacing specific letters within a record

    hello all,

    I've been told that access shall help me replace specific letters within a record with others.

    I have some records that include greek addresses. The greek alphabet contains letters that are common to the english one (A,B,E,Z,H,I,K,M,N,O,P,T,Y,X) and records with mixed characters will cause me problem.

    What can I do to find and replace any of those letters with the greek version of the letter.

    example:

    for a record:

    T.Θ.5123 (this is the greek abbreviation for P.O.BOX 5123)

    I'm looking for a function to replace the first letter T (wheather is greek or english) with the greek version of it

    thank you in advance
    Last edited by windsurfer; 01-28-10 at 04:36.

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    I'm not sure if this is what you were looking for, or what version of Access yer running but, have you tried the Replace() function? I *think* the replace function is version independent, but, could be (and usually am) wrong.

    Something like: Replace("T.Θ.","T","AppropriateGreekLetter")

    Throw that in a loop and go through your recordset, or build an update query, or whatever you're used to cycling through recordsets.

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    consider I would have hundred of thousands of different records to unify...
    some would have more letters like

    example 2:

    KYMHΣ 6 (kimis is the street, 6 the number)

    I should replace english (first four ) letters with the greek version...

    example 3:

    BAΛΑΩPITOY 14 (valaoritou is the street, 14 the number)

    the eight underlined numbers should be changed from english to greek..

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    has anyone any idea or my best solution is to perform 14 find and replacements

  5. #5
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    will you at least guide me to a usefull url or even a reference book?

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    thanks for the fart

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    Quote Originally Posted by windsurfer View Post
    thanks for the fart
    ?? Is this response supposed to be sarcastic? We're all volunteers on this forum and responses don't always get posted immediately.
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    It's definitely not an elegant solution, but here's a solution none the less.

    Code:
    	dim db as database
    	dim rs as recordset
    	dim tmpchar as string
    	dim tmpString as string
    	dim L as integer 
    	dim x as integer
    	dim strSQL as string
    
    	strSQL = "SELECT fldName FROM tblName;"
    
    	set db = currentdb
    	set rs = db.openrecordset(strSQL)
    
    	with rs
    	if not .bof and not .eof then
    		.movefirst
          		do while not .eof
    	         	tmpstring = !fldName
    			L = len(tmpstring)
            	 	for x = 1 to L
       				tmpchar = mid(tmpstring, x,1)
    				select case tmpchar
    					case FirstEnglishLetter
    						replace(tmpstring, FirstEnglishLetter, CorrectGreekLetter)
    					case SecondEnglishLetter
    						replace(tmpstring, SecondEnglishLetter, CorrectGreekLetter)
                                            case Etc.
                                                    etc
    				End Select
    			next x
    			.MoveNext
    		loop
    	end if
    	.close
    	end with
    
    	db.close
    It's not gonna be real fast or as efficient as it could be, but, it *should* get the job done.

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    sorry for being sarcastic,

    not trying to excuse and reason myself but in my last msg I was asking a suggestion for a usefull book or another url. A day later not having a response you would also consider that you would have been tolerated.

    nevertheless, thank you all who read my posts and tried to help me and excuse me if I have been impolite and if I offended anyone.

    According my case I found a solution throught a User Difined Function in excel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by windsurfer View Post
    sorry for being sarcastic,

    not trying to excuse and reason myself but in my last msg I was asking a suggestion for a usefull book or another url. A day later not having a response you would also consider that you would have been tolerated.
    Not really. Sometimes it can take weeks to get a useful answer on any forum, depending on the question.
    oh yeah... documentation... I have heard of that.

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