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Filter Step

 3rd November 2020 at 11:10am

A step represents a single operation within a filter.

In programming terms, it is akin to a function call to which the step's input is passed as an implicit parameter. A step's output is a selection that contributes to a run and hence to the entire filter expression that contains it.

The step's operator is drawn from a list of predefined keywords, which can be extended by plugins. Any unrecognised operator is treated as if it was the suffix to the field operator. If a step's operator is omitted altogether, it defaults to title.

The suffix is additional text, often the name of a field, that extends the meaning of certain operators.

Many steps require an explicit parameter value, also known as an operand, that further defines what the step is to do.

New in: 5.1.23 Some steps accept multiple parameters which are separated by a , character.