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On 10/07/2012 07:28 AM, Marion & Noel Lodge wrote:
Hi Jay,

On 6 October 2012 14:55, Jay Lozier <> wrote:
This actually standard practice for writing queries. Another common
practice is to capitalize SQL key words, which you appear to also do.
I was aware that formatting a query was good practice - not so sure that it
is standard practice.  If it is, then the standard, in my experience, seems
to have lots of variations!  I've seen some queries that were pretty hard
to read.  Because the compiler doesn't care about formatting, it seems that
many people come up with their own "standard" (or have it enforced by their
I tend to follow the formatting practices I see in most texts.

SELECT      columns
FROM        tables
WHERE     conditions
                    SELECT    ....

This seems to be reasonably readable in many situations. What I have
seen to difficult to follow is a very complex WHERE clause.

Be that as it may, the main point I was making in my post was that with the
SQL Button off, any formatting is stripped out.  The query is apparently
handled by the Query Wizard which doesn't seem to know anything about a
formatting standard.  It would be good if this could be added to the wizard
some time.  I think code to do that would be quite tricky to write, which
may explain why it hasn't been done to date.

Thanks for your comment.

Noel Lodge

Jay Lozier

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