Format - Numbers

Category : Technical Examples

Docmosis allows you to control how numbers are displayed in the finished document.

For example: the raw data may have numbers like: 1234.5.

Using the built-in function numFormat the number can be formatted so that it looks like this: $1,234.50.

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It is best to view the TEMPLATE and OUTPUT files side-by-side to understand the formatting that has been applied.


The function numFormat requires two parameters:

    numFormat ( value, format )

The first is the value to be formatted and the second is a format string that describes the format to be applied.

The value can be taken directly from the data or the result of a calculation. 

The format string should be enclosed in single quotes.

Here is an example of a format string: '$#,###.00'


The format string can contain:

# (hash) - represents any digit.  If the # appears on the right of the decimal then a digit will only be shown if it is not zero.  So trailing zeroes are not shown.

0 (zero) - represents any digit.  A digit will always be shown.  The result will be padded with leading or trailing zeroes as needed.

. (decimal point) - if a decimal point is present in the format string then the desired number of digits after the decimal point can be described using a # or 0.  The number of digits before the point will expand to match the value being formatted.

, (comma) - this is most commonly used as the thousands separator.  If a , (comma) appears in the format string, then the number of digits between the , (comma) and the . (decimal point) will be repeated in blocks.  Most common is 3 digits.

% (percent) - if a percent character appears in the format then the value will be interpreted as a percentage, ie. the value will be multiplied by 100, then the format will be applied to the result.

(other characters) - any other characters at that start or finish of the format string will also appear in the formatted result.  This is useful for adding currency ($) at the start of a number or units of measurement for weight/distance/etc at the end of a number.


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