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Posted on 2013-05-27
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Experts,

How would I be able to make a timeline as in the picture?  

I have a query:
SELECT Projects.ContractBeginDate, Projects.ContractEndDate, Projects.FabricationStart, Projects.FabricationEnd, Projects.ContractAward, Projects.WarrantyAcceptDate
FROM Projects;

and I would like to represent it as below.  Not certan if Access can do this.

thank you

Timeline
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by:Simon Ball
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This could be done using Acess with VBA to output the results of the query to excel using automation, but the output of the shapes and their locations would be the tricky part and might require some investigation, as the pixel location of the shapes would depend on the column widths for each month..

if you were prepared to use excel and colourize the cells for the relevant time spans of months, it would be a lot easier to code.... but as per your demo, might look a bit weird when a row was higher in height due to its label being more than one line of text

Would a yellow triangle ever need to occur during a blue timespan block?

Can you provide a small block of sample data from the results of your query, and stipuate which fields represent the start and end of a blue block, and which field denotes a gold star?
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by:Simon Ball
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also, does the blue block always span a whole month, or does it span parts of months?

n the rows on "integrated" and "negotiate" the blue block starts halfway through the month.
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Hi, thank you for the response.  Typing from phone.  Yes, they can span partial months. The gold star is to indicate only a single date.  I could use excel but would want it to be automated and avoid a lot of manipulation (this is why i wanted in access)

I am not at the computer.  

What do you think now?
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This is basically an adapted Gantt chart.  I think it could only be done in Access if there s some kind of 3rd party Gantt Chart control available which we could feed your data into.

Otherewise we could automate excel from access:

the steps would be
Open excel
create heading line (topics, and month's years required for current data set

for each data 
insert topic.  highlight cells for row span, make blue, 
next

for each gold star
goto row, cell, insert gold star gfx
next

save excel.

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by:pdvsa
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Hi Sudonim... Thank you .  I am far from e pert. would i use that code under a command button?
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by:Simon Ball
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some code would need to go under a command button.

What i have outlined there is just a list of tasks we would need to achieve.

can you provide some sample data in an access DB and I can draft a basic routine for you.
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by:pdvsa
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Ok.  I will send some sample data.  Might not be able to for until tomorrow though.  I am out of town.   Thank you
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ok,  I will be away for the weekend.  Chat to you monday.
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Sudonim:  please see attached test file....

I see you will be out for the weekend.  Catch up with you next week....enjoy
DatesForTimeline.xls
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sorry forgot about this, been busy this week.

that file doesn;t give me the full details to form your chart... the id or the 1st column with item names...
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ok no problem.  I thought dates were what you needed.   Not fully understanding...let me know.  The names of the columns can be the names of the fields.  I am only giving a small sample data as I have more fields but am hoping to be able to apply to the rest of the data set.  thank you.
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sorry i forgot about this entirely.  do you still want me to work through this with you?
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Hi, thanks for checking in.  I forgot about it as well.  I dont want to give up because we have spent some time on it.  If you believe you have enough data then i leave it up to you :)  maybe it can be solved in a couple more posts.   If you have more impt things to do then no problem.
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Hi, thanks for checking in.  I forgot about it as well.  I dont want to give up because we have spent some time on it.  If you believe you have enough data then i leave it up to you :)  maybe it can be solved in a couple more posts.   If you have more impt things to do then no problem.
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