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Parsing Name Fields

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by iholder, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. iholder

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    I have a name field that contains the First and Last Name together. What
    function can I use to parsing the First and Last Name. The names are
    separated with a "," or a space " ".
     
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  3. Douglas J. Steele

    Douglas J. Steele
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    The InStr function will find an occurrance of a specific character in a
    string.

    However, what about names with more than one space in them: Mary Lou Retton,
    Ludwig von Beethoven, Walter de la Mare, etc.?

    --
    Doug Steele, Microsoft Access MVP
    http://I.Am/DougSteele
    (no e-mails, please!)



    "iholder" <iholder@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:473477D8-8FD4-4217-9565-3FD0C9989477@microsoft.com...
    >I have a name field that contains the First and Last Name together. What
    > function can I use to parsing the First and Last Name. The names are
    > separated with a "," or a space " ".
     
  4. Jeff Boyce

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    Either a "," (comma) or a " " (space)? Does that mean you have "Doe, John"
    and "John Doe"? And what do you want to do with something like "John Doe,
    Jr."?

    In addition to Douglas' suggestion, and depending on how new a version of
    Access you are using, take a look at the Split() function (but this requires
    you to be explicit about the "separator" character).

    Good luck!

    Jeff Boyce
    <Office/Access MVP>

    "iholder" <iholder@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:473477D8-8FD4-4217-9565-3FD0C9989477@microsoft.com...
    >I have a name field that contains the First and Last Name together. What
    > function can I use to parsing the First and Last Name. The names are
    > separated with a "," or a space " ".
     

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