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How do you allow 2 tags in the tag property . One tag is "Required" and I also need "Audit" tried semicolon and comma but that negates both
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you could do both, but then the code that checks for that value will have to use something like the instr() function to test for those values:

if instr(me.txt_SomeControl.Tag, "Required") > 0 then
   'do something
ELSEIF instr(me.txt_SomeControl.tag, "Audit") > 0 then
   do something else
endif
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The tag property is singular unfortunately.  It's just a single string.  I don't know how you're using the tag, but you might use a tag like
RequiredAudit
to indicat to your functions that this essentially has two properties.  You'd need to test for it something like this rough concept code:

If Field.tag = "Required" or Left(Field.Tag,length("Required")="Required") then
    do whateer
end if
If Field.tag = "Audit" or RIGHT(Field.Tag,5)="Audit") then
    do whateer
end if

Hope this helps.
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by:Berkson Wein
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Dale and I posted the same basic code (at the same time), though I do prefer Dale's instr method over my rough code.  That way it doesn't matter if you have
RequiredAuth, Required;Auth, AuthRequired, Auth and Required
it'll catch it all.

Just remember that you're testing against a SINGLE string.
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by:Berkson Wein
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I'm sorry that you consider this only a "B" graded answer.  

Is there something that was unclear and that you need more help with?  I thought my explanation and algorithm along with Dale's excellent code should have been everything you needed.  Not only did you get an explanation of why the concept you were trying wasn't going to work (because you need to process the singular string field), but you were given the code to do it right.

In the future, please remember that the only thanks we get is your grade.  If there is something that's still unclear, feel free to continue asking until you're satisfied.  And if you can't get a complete answer, then feel free to grade less than an A.

-from an apparently overly-sensitive today expert on behalf of the rest of us.
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by:Spikemom
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Sorry I should have given you an A and will next time. Please forgive this time.  

Spikemom
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by:Berkson Wein
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forgiven.  absolutely.
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Keep in mind it's not that hard to accidentally blow out the content of the Tag property on the Control property sheet. If this happens, then you've got nothing. I've seen it happen. Same with hard coded Default Values at the Table or Form level.
Consider using a simple local table to store there sorts of 'tags' for a required field (et al), which can be read with a simple DLookup()  ... or initialize TempVars with these values on Form Load. TempVars remain in effect even if a 'reset' occurs which would clear regular variables.

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"blow out the content of the tag property"  ???

I use the Tag property all the time for things like "required", don't recall ever losing those values.
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I would never use it. I'm a 'table driven' guy :-)
Much easier to maintain, update, discover, etc.
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