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Font formatting within a field

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by Robert McN, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Robert McN

    Robert McN
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    I have been saying this now for more than a decade: it is time that one
    should be able to format fonts within an Acess field, or at least within a
    message field. One should be able to incorporate rich text formatting.
    Currently, every field allows the user to select a font format for a given
    field and everything remains the same within that field. However, what if
    one is citing from a book and wants to place the title in italics. That is
    now impossible. When Lotus 1-2-3 first came out, it too only allowed plain
    formatting. The programmers of Excel realized this was a shortcoming and
    this helped to bring Lotus user to Excel. Similarly, I want to be able to
    use rich text formatting in a memo field at least and then to transfer that
    to MS Word and keep the formatting. Please don't make me wait another decade!
    Thank you for considering this.
     
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  3. Douglas J Steele

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    See what Stephen Lebans has at http://www.lebans.com/richtext.htm

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


    "Robert McN" <RobertMcN@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:00F4ABC7-5B32-4C12-9FBC-C6F05868086C@microsoft.com...
    > I have been saying this now for more than a decade: it is time that one
    > should be able to format fonts within an Acess field, or at least within

    a
    > message field. One should be able to incorporate rich text formatting.
    > Currently, every field allows the user to select a font format for a given
    > field and everything remains the same within that field. However, what if
    > one is citing from a book and wants to place the title in italics. That

    is
    > now impossible. When Lotus 1-2-3 first came out, it too only allowed

    plain
    > formatting. The programmers of Excel realized this was a shortcoming and
    > this helped to bring Lotus user to Excel. Similarly, I want to be able to
    > use rich text formatting in a memo field at least and then to transfer

    that
    > to MS Word and keep the formatting. Please don't make me wait another

    decade!
    > Thank you for considering this.
     
  4. Rick Brandt

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    Robert McN wrote:
    > I have been saying this now for more than a decade: it is time that
    > one should be able to format fonts within an Acess field, or at
    > least within a message field. One should be able to incorporate rich
    > text formatting. Currently, every field allows the user to select a
    > font format for a given field and everything remains the same within
    > that field. However, what if one is citing from a book and wants to
    > place the title in italics. That is now impossible. When Lotus
    > 1-2-3 first came out, it too only allowed plain formatting. The
    > programmers of Excel realized this was a shortcoming and this helped
    > to bring Lotus user to Excel. Similarly, I want to be able to use
    > rich text formatting in a memo field at least and then to transfer
    > that to MS Word and keep the formatting. Please don't make me wait
    > another decade! Thank you for considering this.


    Try opening a Rich Text (RTF) file in Notepad. See all of the extra "stuff"
    that is in the file? You need to store all of that stuff in order to do RTF
    formatting. Do you want all of that inside your data in a database? How
    will the "real" data be extracted from that when you do exports or
    what-have-you.

    It's just not practical in a database except in specialized cases where a
    special RTF control can be used to manage it.

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    RBrandt at Hunter dot com
     
  5. Arvin Meyer [MVP]

    Arvin Meyer [MVP]
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    There is a Rich Text control that can be added to a memo field, but not in
    continuous form view. There is a commercial one by FMS that's much better:

    http://www.fmsinc.com/products/memo/index.html

    also Stephen Lebans has written a free one that's better than the one that
    Microsoft provides:

    http://www.lebans.com/richtext.htm
    --
    Arvin Meyer, MCP, MVP
    Microsoft Access
    Free Access downloads
    http://www.datastrat.com
    http://www.mvps.org/access


    "Robert McN" wrote:

    > I have been saying this now for more than a decade: it is time that one
    > should be able to format fonts within an Acess field, or at least within a
    > message field. One should be able to incorporate rich text formatting.
    > Currently, every field allows the user to select a font format for a given
    > field and everything remains the same within that field. However, what if
    > one is citing from a book and wants to place the title in italics. That is
    > now impossible. When Lotus 1-2-3 first came out, it too only allowed plain
    > formatting. The programmers of Excel realized this was a shortcoming and
    > this helped to bring Lotus user to Excel. Similarly, I want to be able to
    > use rich text formatting in a memo field at least and then to transfer that
    > to MS Word and keep the formatting. Please don't make me wait another decade!
    > Thank you for considering this.
     

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