How to use FindPattern of NewTopicFinder

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I need to write a c# code to search some topics with conditions such as startdate=XXX.
When I am using FindPattern  of the NewTopicFinder object , I don't know how to fill the FindPattern. For example, "StartDate=2015/7/6" is right?
Could anyone tell me how to use FindPattern of NewTopicFinder? Thanks!
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zhou jimmy

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Posted 5 years ago

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Nick Duffill, Champion

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I think the FindPattern is just some text to search for in the Topic.Text property. I could not find any documentation about the FindMask. Maybe it can search other fields, but it is not a typed property so there are no clues from Intellisense. If you need to match on dates, then you may need some extra code in the Iterator.TopicFound event.

Some sample MMScript code that finds topics with the word "establish" in the topic text:

'#Language "WWB-COM"
Option Explicit

Dim WithEvents iterator As TopicFinder
Sub Main
      Dim t As Topic
    Set t = ActiveDocument.CentralTopic
      Set iterator = t.NewTopicFinder
      iterator.IncludeTopicTypes = mmIteratorIncludeTopicFlagCallout + mmIteratorIncludeTopicFlagFloating
    iterator.CriteriaMask = mmIteratorCriteriaFlagHasNotes + mmIteratorCriteriaFlagHasIcon
    iterator.PassCriteria = mmIteratorPassCriteriaAny
    iterator.IncludeHiddenTopics = False
    iterator.FindPattern = "establish"
End Sub

Private Sub iterator_TopicFound( t As Topic )
    Debug.Print t.Text
End Sub
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zhou jimmy

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Thanks a lot! I think your sample is very useful. Now I can search out the topics I want in a short time.
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Nigel Goult (Olympic)

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I use the TopicFinder method to simply find all the topics and then carry out any further checks in the TopicFound event as Nick describes above.

This is better than using a For/Next loop on a topic range because it runs clockwise around the Map Topics so is good for exporting when you want Topics processed in sequence. It is also faster.


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