Gets part of a BigText variable.

[RetLength :=] BigText.GETSUBTEXT(Variable, Position[, Length])

Parameters

Variable

Type: Text or BigText

The subtext of the BigText that is retrieved. This is the actual text that is returned.

Position

Type: Integer

The position in the BigText variable that the subtext is to be retrieved from. If this parameter is less than one, then a run-time error occurs. If this parameter is greater than the length of the BigText variable, then an empty string is returned. If the value of this parameter plus the value of the Length parameter is greater than the length of the BigText variable, then the remainder of the BigText variable from the position specified by this parameter is returned.

Length

Type: Integer

The length of the subtext that should be retrieved. This parameter is optional. If this parameter is omitted the function retrieves a subtext that starts at Position and runs to the end of the BigText variable. If this parameter is less than 0, then a run-time error occurs. If the value of the Position parameter plus the value of this parameter is greater than the length of the BigText variable, then the remainder of the BigText variable from the position specified by this parameter is returned.

Property Value/Return Value

Type: Integer

The length of the string that is retrieved from the variable.

Remarks

The first character in a BigText variable is position 1.

To delete the content in a BigText variable use the CLEAR Function. The following code snippet shows the syntax for the clear function. CLEAR(BigText).

Example

The following examples demonstrate how to use the GETSUBTEXT function. This example requires that you create the following variables and text constant in the C/AL Globals window.

Variable Name DataType

MyBigText

BigText

VarSubText

Text

Text Constant Name ENU Value

Text000

VarSubText = %1

The following example initializes the content of the MyBigText variable with the text ABCDEFG. The function starts from the third position (the character C) in the MyBigText variable and retrieves two characters. The result is the subtext CD. This is because the number 2 is specified for Length .

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MyBigText.ADDTEXT('ABCDEFG');
MyBigText.GETSUBTEXT(VarSubText, 3, 2); // Returns CD.
MESSAGE(Text000, VarSubText);

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The following example initializes the content of the MyBigText variable with the text ABCDEFG. The function returns an error because zero is specified for Position.

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MyBigText.ADDTEXT('ABCDEFG');
MyBigText.GETSUBTEXT(VarSubText, 0, 4); // Returns an error.
MESSAGE(Text000, VarSubText);

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The following example initializes the content of the MyBigText variable with the text ABCDEFG. The function returns an error because a negative number is specified for Length.

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MyBigText.ADDTEXT('ABCDEFG');
MyBigText.GETSUBTEXT(VarSubText, 5, -2); // Returns an error.
MESSAGE(Text000, VarSubText);

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The following example initializes the content of the MyBigText variable with the text ABCDEFG. The function returns an empty string because the number specified for position is greater than the length of the MyBigText variable.

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MyBigText.ADDTEXT('ABCDEFG');
MyBigText.GETSUBTEXT(VarSubText, 15, 4); // Returns an empty string.
MESSAGE(Text000, VarSubText);

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The following example initializes the content of the MyBigText variable with the text ABCDEFG. The function starts from the forth position (the character D) and retrieves all the characters in the MyBigText string. The result is the subtext DEFG. This is because the number specified for Length is greater than the length of the MyBigText variable.

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MyBigText.ADDTEXT('ABCDEFG');
MyBigText.GETSUBTEXT(VarSubText, 4, 15); // Returns DEFG.
MESSAGE(Text000, VarSubText);

See Also