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Writing RichTextBox to Access in Visual Basic 2008

I am writing a program that allows the user to input formatted text into a rich text box in visual basic 2008. This information is then written to an access database (.mdb format), but the rich text formatting is not written to the database file, it only shows up as plain text.
Public Class NewJob
    Private m_cnadonetconnection As New OleDb.OleDbConnection
    Private m_dadataadapter As OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter
    Private m_cbCommandBuilder As OleDb.OleDbCommandBuilder
    Private m_dtJobs As New DataTable
    Private m_rowposition As Integer = 0
    Private Sub cbJobType_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles cbJobType.SelectedIndexChanged
        cbJobSubType.Enabled = True
        If cbJobType.Text = "Technology" Then
            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Business Systems")
            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Database Administrator")
            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Database Developer / Engineer")
        End If
        If cbJobType.Text = "Telecommunications" Then
            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Field Technician")
            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Project Management")
            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Product Management")
            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Software / Applications Engineer")
        End If
    End Sub
    Private Sub btnCancel_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnCancel.Click
    End Sub
    Private Sub btnPost_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnPost.Click
        newjob_ID = tbJobID.Text
        newjob_Title = tbJobTitle.Text
        newjob_Type = cbJobType.Text
        newjob_SubType = cbJobSubType.Text
        newjob_Years = cbYears.Text
        newjob_Location1 = tbLocation1.Text
        newjob_Location2 = tbLocation2.Text
        newjob_Description = rtbDescription.Text
        newjob_Map = cbMap.Text
        newjob_Keywords = tbKeywords.Text
        Dim drNewRow As DataRow = m_dtJobs.NewRow()
        drNewRow("JobID") = tbJobID.Text
        drNewRow("JobTitle") = tbJobTitle.Text
        drNewRow("JobCategory") = cbJobType.Text
        drNewRow("jobSubCategory") = cbJobSubType.Text
        drNewRow("JobExperience") = cbYears.Text
        drNewRow("JobLocation1") = tbLocation1.Text
        drNewRow("JobLocation2") = tbLocation2.Text
        drNewRow("JobDescription") = rtbDescription.Text
        drNewRow("jobMap") = cbMap.Text
        drNewRow("jobKeywords") = tbKeywords.Text
        m_rowposition = m_dtJobs.Rows.Count - 1
    End Sub
    Private Sub btnMapInfo_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnMapInfo.Click
    End Sub
    Private Sub NewJob_FormClosed(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.FormClosedEventArgs) Handles Me.FormClosed
    End Sub
    Private Sub NewJob_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        m_cnadonetconnection.ConnectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\database\SKYFIRMJACKSON.mdb"
        m_dadataadapter = New OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter("Select * From JOBS", m_cnadonetconnection)
        m_cbCommandBuilder = New OleDb.OleDbCommandBuilder(m_dadataadapter)
    End Sub
End Class

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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database ArchitectCommented:
That's correct.  Until A2007, RFT is not supported.

DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database ArchitectCommented:
However, I have successfully used this free tool:


Jorge PaulinoIT Pro/DeveloperCommented:
Hi SkyFirm,

You have to save as Rtf format instead of Text. You need to use the property rtf

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Jorge PaulinoIT Pro/DeveloperCommented:

If you save to the database as Rtf format it will save the format also (as plain text but with the formatting). The db field can be defined as text.

This is "jpaulino" in green with Microsoft Sans Serif font.

"{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\deff0\deflang2070{\fonttbl{\f0\fnil\fcharset0 Microsoft Sans Serif;}}
{\colortbl ;\red0\green128\blue0;}
\viewkind4\uc1\pard\cf1\f0\fs17 jpaulino\cf0\par}"

When you retrive form the db (access, sql, etc) you set it again like:

Me.RichTextBox1.Rtf = MyFieldFromDB
Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
> The db field can be defined as text.

Minor correction: For all practical purposes, it should be defined as Memo.

mx: You are thinking of the HTML formatted rich text control of A2007. That is, of course, different from the original Rich Text Control of previous versions which used RTF formatting.

DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database ArchitectCommented:
"That's correct.  Until A2007, RFT is not supported."

Actually, I'm thinking of the fact the A2007 supports Rich Text in text boxes - not a control.



"Replacing Code and Third-Party Controls"

"Saving Rich Text in a Field

In an Access 2007 Text field or Memo field, you have the option of saving unformatted text (as you always have in Access) or saving rich texttext that contains formatting such as bold and italic. To store rich text, you need to use a Text Box control on a form with its Text Format property set to Rich Text, as shown in Figure 25."
Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Right, but that "rich text" is not RTF Rich Text but HTML. Not that this is bad, but it is somewhat confusing (at least it was to me).

DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database ArchitectCommented:
oops ...further down:

"Because Access 2007 stores its rich text in HTML format, instead of the Rich Text Format (RTF) format used by several third-party controls, you cannot just replace an ActiveX control with an Access 2007 control that provides similar functionality. If you are currently using a third-party control, and you have already stored RTF data in your database, you should continue using the existing control. If you are newly adding support for rich text to your application, however, use the new text box option instead."

Well ... still ... it's not a control.

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