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Display HTML formatted data in Access form

I am creating a form which pulls its data from a linked MS Sql server database.  In that database is a column which stores the data as HTML.  I join that table to a couple of others in a query which is the record source for my form.  The column in question is a text format – that comes from the sQL server database.
 
I would like for this data to display correctly, although it would be OK if the HTML formatting were lost.  When I display that column in my form, all the HTML tags show.  Changing the format to RTF does not correct this, apparently that only works if the underlying field is Memo format.  

I’ve searched here and other similar sites and found some hints that I could use the web browser control but not any clear instruction on how to do it.  In my experiments I haven’t been able to figure out how to make the data in each row show up in the web browser control.  (In fact, I’ve been using the control ‘Hyperlink’, not finding a control actually called ‘Web Browser’… surely they are the same, right??)  

Anyone able to help me with this please? As an alternative I would be ok with losing the HTML formatting in the query if there is some way to do that - maybe a calculated column that pulls the text data from the HMTL?

Thanks -
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If you're using Access 2007 or later, you can use the PlainText() function to remove the HTML tags.
=PlainText(NameOfFieldWithHTMLstring)
You can also add an unbound textbox to your form and change it's TextFormat property to Rich Text.  Then in the OnCurrent event of your form add something like:
Me.NameOfRichTextbox = [NameOfFieldWithHTMLstring]

This way you would see the text displayed almost as you would in a browser (whatever RTF is able to render properly since it cannot handle all HTML tags).
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I tried both of these solutions and both are still displaying the HTML tags.   Access version is 2010.

I am not experienced in HTML so maybe there is something more going on with this field that I don't understand, but I do know that when I place it in a Crystal report and format it as HTML they display properly...

Here is a sample of the data in this field:

"<style type=""text/css"">
  body {font-size:8pt;font-family='MS Sans Serif',sans-serif;color:000000 ;background-color:FFFFFF;}
  td {font-size:8pt;font-family='MS Sans Serif',sans-serif;color:000000 ;background-color:FFFFFF;}
</style>

<html><body leftmargin=""0"" topmargin=""0"">

<ul>
<big>• </big><b>1- 6 in (H)  x 2 in (W)  Dimensional Sign(s)</b> made from <b>Coro - 10 mil White 48 x 96</b> stock material&nbsp;<br>

</ul>

</body></html>"


On further investigation, when I look at the table design in Access (read-only, of course) it shows as a memo data type, which I understood should display correctly using RTF formatting in access:
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So I am even further confused why it does not display the HTML since as I understand it Access should render the HTML in these circumstances.

Any further suggestion on this solution?

And if anyone has the answer to my initial question about using the Web browser control that would be appreciated as well...

Thanks,
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That works!  thanks for your help!
Alas, this is a continuous form and the html data is only appearing on the current row...

I don't suppose there is any solution for that problem?  

so close and yet so far away!
Unfortunately this will not work in a continuous form.  How about adding an unbound textbox set to Rich Text and use this expression in its ControlSource:
=Mid([FieldName],IIf(InStr([FieldName],"<HTML>")=0,1,InStr([FieldName],"<HTML>")))

The above looks for the <HTML> tag in your field and ignores the text before it.  That way the rest can render properly.