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Clean up Word formatting in Access form

Posted on 2013-05-23
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Dear Experts

I am building a newsletter database where the user will copy paste stories into a form from word.  The field where the text is pasted is set to rich text field.  

I am keen to remove all html formatting (e.g. font color, size hyperlinks, underlines) from the field with the exception of a couple of mark ups (namely <Strong> </strong> & paragraph marks) ...

Is there a way to do this?

Many thanks
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by:IrogSinta
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Try using the PlainText() function to remove the HTML tags.
=PlainText(NameOfFieldWithHTMLstring)
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by:correlate
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Hi IrogSinta,

Thanks for that, it covers everything I want it to do except it removes the bold from text & I'm keen to keep that in there
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by:correlate
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So had a few further thoughts on how to crack this ...

I have made a calculated field (called "Formatted") which takes the text from the field I am trying to manipulate ([Body]) and displays it with all the tags. All I need to do now is copy the text from formatted into a string, manipulate it and then place it into a new field.

To make the manipulation easier I was thinking of deploying the following logic, but had no real idea how to code this.

1. Find & Replace <Strong> to #Strong# & </strong> to #/strong# (i.e. the tags I want to keep)

2. Trim everything that appears between "<" & ">"

3. Then do another find & replace #Strong# to <Strong> & #/strong# to </strong> (to reinstate those tags)

4. Paste the result into the new field

No sure if this helps?
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So it would be something like this:

Dim strTemp as String

strTemp = [YourTextFromWord]
strTemp = Replace (strTemp, "<Strong>", "#Strong#") 
strTemp = Replace (strTemp, "</Strong>", "#/Strong#")

strTemp = =PlainText(strTemp)
strTemp = Replace (strTemp, ,"#Strong#", "<Strong>") 
strTemp = Replace (strTemp, "#/Strong#", "</Strong>")

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by:correlate
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Perfect - thank you very much - works a treat
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You're quite welcome.
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