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That wouldn't change anything. The existing semi-colon would be treated as just text in the field contents, so it would show up where it is in the field as well as the formula one. If you already have semi-colons in the fields at the end of the text, then they wouldn't be needed in my case. But I didn't have them and didn't want to add them.

On 5/16/13 3:28 PM, wrote:
Just a quick question. What happens if any of the fields already contains a


On Thursday 16 May 2013 10:23:23 Carl Paulsen wrote:
Hi Tom.

Well, not quite.  In my particular case this formula worked.  But with
some off-list input from smarter brains than mine, I realize it wouldn't
work under many situations.

It turns out the formula would need to change a bit, otherwise what I
did would leave a trailing semi-colon where column X is blank.  In fact,
it's a tricky situation b/c a semi-colon is needed after U3 if U3 has a
value AND any of the others has a value, otherwise not. Then, if V3 has
a value and any of the other later cells has a value, there should be
another semi-colon.  Etc. etc.  In the last case, a semi-colon should
follow W3 only if there's a value in X3.

I've tried a bunch of formulas and the closest I've come is the following:


But that clearly doesn't work.  Note I'm working in a test sheet and am
using different cells.  This formula leaves leading semi-colons under a
number of situations and double semi-colons under others. I'm not
entirely sure CASE would work any better here though.

Anyone want to help out, great.  But it's a pretty specialized
situation, so I understand if not.


On 5/16/13 3:02 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
WoooHooo!!  Nicely done! :)  Is this whole thread solved now?
COngrats of so!
Regards from
Tom :)

     *From:* Carl Paulsen <>
     *Sent:* Thursday, 16 May 2013, 1:44
     *Subject:* Re: [libreoffice-users] "Case" function equivalent in Calc
At long last I got this to work. Syntax is "ISBLANK" and not
     - aaarrrrgggghhhh.  My Filemaker days are getting in my way.  Replace
     all "isempty" below with "ISBLANK" and it works perfectly now.
Carl On 5/15/13 6:38 PM, Carl Paulsen wrote:
     > So in the absence of a Case function, here's what I've done so
far as > a calculated solution. Note that the data I want to concatenate is in > cells U3, V3, W3, and X3. In Y3, I put the following:
     > =U3 & IF(NOT(isempty(U3)),";","") & V3 &
IF(NOT(isempty(V3)),";","") & > W3 & IF(NOT(isempty(W3)),";","") & X3
     > The idea is that I put together U3, a semicolon if U3 isn't
empty (and > nothing if it is), V3 and a semicolon if V3 isn't empty, W3 and a
     > semicolon if W3 isn't empty, and X3.  If any of the cells is empty,
     > nothing will be added until the next cell that has data.
     > Unfortunately, I'm getting a #NAME? error.  I'm assuming some
kind of > syntax error. Any words of wisdom?
     > Thanks a ton all.
     > Carl
     > On 5/15/13 5:13 PM, Dan Lewis wrote:
     >> On 05/15/2013 04:16 PM, Carl Paulsen wrote:
     >>> Anyone know if there is an equivalent to the Filemaker Pro "Case"
     >>> function?  It's kinda like the "IF" function but is simpler to
     >>> concatenate multiple conditions. It basically says If
something is >>> true then do what is specified, if the next thing is, then do that, >>> if the next thing is true, do that, etc.
     >>> Here's what I need to do.  Take 4 columns and concatenate with a
     >>> semi-colon between the values, but not string together two
     >>> semi-colons consecutively.  Like:
     >>> Phone    Email    Mail -> Phone;Email;Mail
     >>> Phone                  Mail -> Phone;Mail
     >>>                            Mail -> Mail
     >>>              Email    Mail -> Email;Mail
     >>> So semi-colons only occur if there's a value present and not
at all >>> if there's only one value present.
     >>> I hope that makes sense and displays correctly.
     >>> Carl
     >>      I just checked the available functions in Calc. The "Case"
     >> function does not appear among them. "Case When" is available
in Base >> database queries though.
     >> --Dan


Carl Paulsen

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