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RTF memo field: what is text value?

Posted on 2012-04-01
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Hopefully an easy one - I am trying to do certain things when the value of a memo field is empty (if trimmed).
There is just a space in a field, so this code should be invoked, but it is not doing that, since the value of the field is, in fact, "<div>&nbsp;</div>".

I tried the 'text' property, but that returns the same thing.

Ideas?
Thanks!
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Question by:terpsichore
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What is the code you have ?

And what about just one space ?

mx
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by:terpsichore
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I'm just displaying the memo field on a form. It displays only a single space, nothing else (e.g., when I highlight contents, or when I type text and replace with just a space). When I put a breakpoint in the afterupdate and query the value, it says "<div>&nbsp;</div>".
But i want to detect when the field is empty or has just a space in it...
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by:Kelden
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You can check for text only. Insert the string in your RTF and read plain text only and check for empty string.

RTB.SelRTF = myString
If Trim(RTB.Text) = "" Then
    'Do whatever you need.
End If
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by:Martin Liss
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If you want to remove the non-btreaking space you should be able to do something like this,

Const strNBSP = "&nbsp;"

MyRTB.Text = Replace (MyRTB.Text, strNBSP, "")
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not sure I follow you... what is "selRTF"?
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by:Martin Liss
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selRTF is used when you want to replace the selected portion of text in a RTB.
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by:terpsichore
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I'm using Access 2010, it says that property is not available.
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by:Martin Liss
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Well I guess you don't need it since I assume you are not manually selecting any portion of the text.
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I found the answer: use the PLAINTEXT function - this solves it perfectly.
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this function is exactly what I was looking for.
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