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How do I create a filter?



  1. Open the Filter database (deanfltr.nsf).
  2. If you have not created it then please see this article: Where is the Filters database?
  3. Click the Create Filter action button. You'll see a New Filter document.



  1. Define the new filter by completing the following fields:




Filter Name

The purpose of the filter, for example, agents using Java code.

Filter Active

Yes/No indicates whether the filter should be included when one of its classes is chosen for processing.


The relative importance of items fitting this criteria.

Filter Class

One or more groups (classes) that the filter belongs to


The reason to use the filter, for example, Release A to Release B upgrade.

Apply To

Click the Apply To dropdown to select the design element you want the filter to check. This is the primary focus of the test.


While selecting All lets you create filters that apply to all elements within a database design, selecting All Design Elements restricts your filter to first-level elements such as page, form or view. It ignores (doesn’t include as audit targets) sub-elements such as field, hotspot and column.

With the Apply To field chosen, the form expands to show the Evaluate Against options, the Property field, and other filter options.

Evaluate Against

Select the Property option to include a property in the validation formula, or select an option to apply an existing filter against the Parent or the Children of the element in the Apply To field.


Select the property you want to test. The list generated is based on the

Apply To field type.


Once you select the property, the form shows options for defining a condition to use in the selection step. The condition options you see are based on the Apply To and Property fields selected.


Select the appropriate operation to define your test. The operation choices depend on the Apply To and Property selections you made previously.


For example, select Button for the Apply To design element and Hide When Options for the property. To add a Condition, simply select one of the operations such as Has one of the following. Then select a Compare With value such as Web browsers. To test multiple conditions, you click AND or OR to specify the logical operator.


When you have selected the elements of a single condition, click the Add Condition button to have the Validation Formula updated to include the test just completed.


The following table describes the buttons on the Filter form:




Add Condition

Appends the Validation Formula to include the test just defined. When more than one formula is specified, the Boolean combination is dependent on the option button (also called radio button).

Replace Condition

Deletes the entire Validation Formula. Use this button to effectively redefine the entire filter, starting with the same design element in the Apply To field.


  1. Save your changes as prompted when you close the document.



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