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Posted on 1998-12-11
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I've seen similar questions address but I have a specific problem.  I want to store a long string to a file (either ADO DB or text file, I don't care), but this string can contain quotation marks and control characters.  Is there a simple easy way to do this ?
(Let's say the string can be as long as 64000 characters)

-Jason
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by:jmalcolm
ID: 1449553
P.S.  The basis for this question is that I have an rich text control that I want to save to a file.

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by:jjmartin
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Here is an easy sub routine you can use to setup the string for saving in either a text file or a DB.  Just send the string to the routine, and it will return a string ready to be saved in a DB or text file.

Public Function Apostrophe(sFieldString As String) As String

              If InStr(sFieldString, "'") Then
                     Dim iLen As Integer
                     Dim ii As Integer
                     Dim apostr As Integer
                     iLen = Len(sFieldString)
                     ii = 1

                            Do While ii <= iLen
                                    If Mid(sFieldString, ii, 1) = "'" Then
                                    apostr = ii
                                   sFieldString = Left(sFieldString, apostr) & "'" & _
                                   Right(sFieldString, iLen - apostr)
                                    iLen = Len(sFieldString)
                                    ii = ii + 1
                                    End If
                                    ii = ii + 1
                            Loop

              End If

       strClean = sFieldString

End Function

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by:jmalcolm
ID: 1449555
Well, what I'm actually looking for is the specifics on how to save a large string, not just convert the Quotation marks.  Here's my dilemma..I have huge chunk of text from an rich text control.  If I try to save it using the "#write" command, carriage returns, quotation marks, etc. can cause problems when I try to #input it back in.  If I try saving it as a binary file, I can #put string easy enough, but to read it back in, must I get it 1 byte at a time? If I try to read in longs then I'll have to bit shift them to get the respective bytes and this is too slow.  I'm just looking for an easy (and acceptably fast)way to save and retrieve these big strings.
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by:lankford
ID: 1449556
This may be a little too obvious, but try simply binding the control to a data control.

Create a table in Access that contains a column that is set to store binary data.

Hook this up to your rtf control and *bang*, you information gets stored in the database file whenever the user makes any changes to it.

You can spice this idea up a little bit to actually store and retrieve the information on command whenever you want. You get the idea.

Lankford

ps - I've already done this with a project I am working on it is works great.
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caraf_g earned 100 total points
ID: 1449557
Use the Put statement as follows:

Dim intFile As Integer
intFile = FreeFile

'Clear out previous data
Open strFile For Output As #intFile
Close #intFile

'...

'Write big string
intFile = FreeFile
Open strFile For Binary As #intFile

'Note the two commas!
Put #intFile,,strYourBigString

Close #intFile
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by:caraf_g
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PS - Please note that the Put statement will copy the exact contents of your string to the file, including any special characters and it won't add other characters (unlike, e.g., Print)
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