I think you are at the border of API development.
That's what I feared....
In that case, does anyone have a basic API or code for assigning variable aliases. Or atleast point me in a direction to where I could learn/ find examples of beginner API. I wish I had taken the C class instead of Java way back when.
Before going for API try the following solution.
Make 3 list with aliases
Displayed Value Actual Value Assembly 1 Part 2
2. project list
Diplayed Value Actual Value Project1 A Project2 B Project3 C Project4 D
Displayed Value Actual Value Electrical E Power P Hydraulic H
Now on the Data Card Create a Drop down list 1 and assign it to a variable say "Temp1" and select list1 (type ) for values.e
now make an edit box assign it to variable called "Type" and in the input formula type "%Temp1%".
This will populate the actual value into Type variable based on your selection of alias in temp1 list.
Repeat the above process with other two list and save the actual values in say "Project" and "Engg. System"
Now you have your "ABC" part on the card without typing a mile long line in input formula but in different Edit boxes.
You are left with three other part which will be entered by the user.am i right?
Now using a final edit box and input formula unite all the 6 variable (3 from lists and 3 typed in by user) build your serial number.
Try this and post the outcome here.Coz there are few more thing youll realise when implementing this.
THANK YOU! It works perfectly! And it has the benefit of being easily updated! Thanks for being so detailed in your explanation. You just saved me a ton of time ...so happy!