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Stop Dollar Sign Expansion in the script (Escape Character ??? )

Hi there !

I have a problem in my script with the dollar sign expansion (eg. $(...))

To be quick, would like to know if there exists a way to stop the dollar sign expansion in my script. Is there an escape character ?

I explain :

let A = $(Today())

will evaluate the function so that A = 04/03/2010

I would like A to kepp the text : A = $(Today())

I tried the following, but It doesnt work :

let A = '$(Today())' --> just gives '04/03/2010'

let A = $$(Today()) --> just gives $04/03/2010

let A = \$(Today()) --> just gives \04/03/2010

Is there a solution ?

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Hello Stephane,

There is indeed. Use SET instead. SETting a variable means you store something in the variable. Then, you can expand it or not. So

SET A = $(Today())
and then, in a textbox for example setting just
will show you "$(Today())" (without quotes).

On the other hand, LET evaluates the expression and then assign it to a variable, which is useful too, but not what you are looking for.

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None of the above will work.

What you can do however is define the string you want in the script and use some other special character such as ~ to take the place of the $. Define a second variable which then references the first which replaces the ~ character with a $.

set vTodayString = "~(Today());

set vToday = "=replace([vTodayString],'~','$')";

It's a hideous way of doing it, but it should work. I did this when using a variable to store an expression containing set analysis, which used dollar expansion within the definition for the set. Letting the script do the dollar expansion was generating an "internal error", hence this approach.

I can't see why you would want to do this for such a simple function, but it should help others out who may be doing something a little more complex.

Here is my set analysis expression for example:

// Set analysis string using ~ in the place of $ to prevent expansion

set DailyDemandString = "sum({~<TransType = {~(SALESTRANS)}, PERIOD_DATE = {'>=~(=Date('~(Today)' - [NumberOfDaysForDemand]))<=~(Today)'}>} MO_Quantity * -1) / [NumberOfDaysForDemand]";

set DailyDemand = "=replace([DailyDemandString],'~','$')";

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  Your tip worked perfect to me. I had a script that loads several formulas stored on a Excel Worksheet  and I was dealing with this trouble for a while.

Thank you.

Pablo Labbe

Qlikview Consultant

Vision Gestão & Tecnologia


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Not a problem. I'm glad it worked for you

Contributor III
Contributor III

Wow, thankfully I wasn't the Only() one having this problem....

I have followed your recipe, but in order to get my new variable to work I must refer to it as $(variable). Is there any way to have variable be enough? (This is sufficient if I type the definition manually in the variable editor (CTRL-ALT-V)). The variable in question is, namely, being used in various nested expressions, so it would be nice to avoid this final dollar sign...

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I believe you will have no option but to dollar expand the variable, as the idea is that you evaluate the expression within the variable and then use the result of that expansion to form your expression.

Using the square brackets just gets the literal value of the variable, without evaluating it, so the likelihood is it just wouldn't work syntactically.

I mean, I'm no expert, so anyone else from the forums who knows more about the technical syntax; feel free to pitch in and correct me...

Contributor III
Contributor III

Wow once again, and thanks for the quick reply! (Yes, I am aware of the email alerts... )

Actually, I didn't know that the []'s made a difference, so I might play around a bit with those --- you never know.

(For now these expressions are hardcoded since, as mentioned, I haven't always had luck with the $(variable) notation because of expression nesting. But hey, I certainly am no expert regarding the subtleties of the dollar sign, so if there are any experts around, any help would of course be much appreciated!)



Was having a similar problem nd have just found a workable solution.

My issue is that I wanted to create a way of translating text, chart titles, column titles etc on the front end between English and Swedish based on a variable choosen by the user.

After loading in a TransDict table from a spreadsheet, the script I used was as follows:

DO WHILE a < vTransRows

LET varName = Peek('Variable', a,'TransDict');

LET Eng_$(varName) = Peek('English', a,'TransDict');

LET Swe_$(varName) = Peek('Swedish', a,'TransDict');

LET vTransStr = '(vLang)_$(varName)';

LET Trans_$(varName) = '=$'&vTransStr;

LET a = a + 1;


Prefixing the vTransStr with a dollar after I had initially created it means that the variables now read as follows:

Trans_ChartTitle1 = '=$(vLang)_ChartTitle1'

Trans_ChartTitle2 = '=$(vLang)_ChartTitle2'

Trans_ChartTitle3 = '=$(vLang)_ChartTitle3'

This means I can the change the value of vLang between 'Eng' and 'Swe' and show different text accordingly.

Hope this helps someone.



Contributor III
Contributor III

Oh my god, it was that simple, eh -- why didn't I think of that?!

LET variable = '= only({$<Sales={"' & '$' & '(#=max(Sales))"}>} Town)';