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Can I have multiple Report Comments special fields and if so, how do i access them from vb?

Posted on 2008-10-27
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I have a listbox that i can do multiselects from.  I also have a Crystal Report, I'm using the special field 'Report Comments(type string)' since it can hold a string of length 511 as opposed to a textfields which can only hold a string of 255.  

The Problem:
If a user picks too many selections, then i get the error: 'Buffer to small to hold string or missing null byte'.  So what I want to do is:  have multiple Report Comments on the field so  that when one is filled at 511, the overflow goes into the next ReportComments.  I will do this with a for loop...I will change string to array string, then I will % by 511...otherwise add to next empty ReportComments field.  I noticed that the Report Comments fields do have names such as Comments1, Comments2, Comments3, etc...however, when I try to access them from rpt.SummaryInfo.ReportComments, i am not allowed to grab the fields by their name and only the first Report Comments is filled.  

The Question:
Is there a way to have multiple report comments where they are accessible by either index or name with VB or C#?  Thank in advance for your help...
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To the best of my knowledge, no.  Special comments are populated in the Document Properties (File|Summary Info in the standalone version of Crystal Reports) and there's only one comments section per report.The Document Properties aren't only used in Crystal Reports, but by your OS, too.  For example, if you mouse over a report in your Windows Explorer or examine it's properties, you'll see what was entered in the report (just like you'd see in properties for a Word document).
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good rhinok...thanks for answering...so if this is the case,  in your opinion, or factual if you can find fact, why are you allowed to add more than one Reports Comments fields and why is one given objectName:  ReportComments1 and ReportComments2...Since you were the only person to answer, I'm giving you the points anyway, but any thoughts on this last question?
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Unfortunately, I don't know the answer to that question, since I have little experience with the .net/vb versions of Crystal Reports.  I'd hold off giving points and see if we can get some of the developer-centric experts like Ido or emoreau to reply.
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Thanks for your assistance...
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