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Converting from a String to a ColorConstant

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Hi, I am reading values in from a comma-delimited text file.  One of these values is a Color (HC0C0C0 for example).  When I read the line, split by the commas, and set my ColorConstants variable = the String from the file (HC0C0C0) I get an error that says 'type mismatch.'  How can I conver the String to a ColorConstant?
Thanks,
Josh

This is the type and array where I am keeping the data from the file:
Private Type syntax
    Tag As String
    Bold As Boolean
    Color As ColorConstants
End Type
Dim mSyntax() As syntax

This is how I read in from the text file - the commented line is where the program fails:
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim OpenFile As Integer
    Dim strLine As String
    Dim strSplit() As String
   
    If Dir(FileName) <> "" Then
        mstrSyntaxDefinitionFile = FileName
        ReDim mSyntax(0)
        OpenFile = FreeFile
        Open mstrSyntaxDefinitionFile For Input As #OpenFile
        Do Until EOF(OpenFile)
            Line Input #OpenFile, strLine
            strSplit = Split(strLine, ",")
            mSyntax(UBound(mSyntax)).Tag = strSplit(0)
            mSyntax(UBound(mSyntax)).Bold = strSplit(1)
'            mSyntax(UBound(mSyntax)).Color = strSplit(2)
            ReDim Preserve mSyntax(UBound(mSyntax) + 1)
        Loop
        Close #OpenFile
        ReDim Preserve mSyntax(UBound(mSyntax) - 1)
    End If
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Try changing it to
.Color = "&" & strSplit(2) & "&"
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jsm11482

Convert the HC0C0C0 value to a long

OleColorVar = Clng("&" & <HexVal>)  

The "&" Must be appended to the H to allow the Clng
method to convert a hex value to a long. So if you only have C0C0C0 then you would need to append "&H" to it and then convert it to a long.

Hope this helps

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jsm11482

You actually don't need the CLNG on that line.
But for readablity it might be helpful.

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by:rpai
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This should work:-
mSyntax(UBound(mSyntax)).Color = "&" & Trim(strSplit(2))
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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You could use the val function:
msgbox val("&" & "HC0C0C0")
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Flawless.  Thank you!
-Josh
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