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how do I create up a lookup field that is longer than 255 characte

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by DrPaddy, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. DrPaddy

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    I am designing a medical database that issues reports for endoscopic
    procedures. I wish to have the ability in the report for each different
    procedure to include a body of text (~1000 characters long) that is the same
    from report to report but different for each procedure (there are 8
    procedures in total). The lookup boxes in tables are limited to 255
    characters. I am using Access 2000. Can anyone help?
    Thanks
    PW
     
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  3. Sheila D

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    You could give each procedure a short name in another field and use that for
    the lookup. HTH
    SHeila
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    "DrPaddy" wrote:

    > I am designing a medical database that issues reports for endoscopic
    > procedures. I wish to have the ability in the report for each different
    > procedure to include a body of text (~1000 characters long) that is the same
    > from report to report but different for each procedure (there are 8
    > procedures in total). The lookup boxes in tables are limited to 255
    > characters. I am using Access 2000. Can anyone help?
    > Thanks
    > PW
     
  4. Ron2006

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    It would seem that you would want to do something like what SHeila
    suggests anyway. The chances of someone re-entering the ~1000
    characters the same the second time as the first are EXTREMELY small.

    It sounds as if you are using the lookup "feature" on the table design.
    My impression from reading this group and some others is that that is
    one of those "better ideas" that are really NOT better. Especially
    since you would be trying to do it with a memo field.

    Use a combobox when needed that uses the short description or a
    autonumber key to maintain normalization.

    A real report (as opposed to a form) wouldn't be using the lookup
    anyway. Really both would be using linked tables - one way or the
    other.

    Ron
     
  5. Ron2006

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