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MS Access Replace Spaces In Title With Characters Like (-) Dashes In a New Field

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I am wanting to keep track of my Products Website page URL. My website uses the products title as the URL extension.

Example:
Website name = www.Store.com

Product Name = Yellow Big Toy School Bus

Website URL Complete = www.Store.com/Product/ Yellow-Big-Toy-Scholl-Bus/


So how can I do this the easy way and concatenate "www.Store.com/Product/" & "Title with Dashes" & "/"

I know how to concatenate but I have to replace them spaces?

Thanks!
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Question by:Dustin Stanley
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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, Access earned 250 total points
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replace(fieldname, " ", "-")

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by:DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Access MVP)
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And Replace ([YourFieldName],"Scholl","School")

:-)
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by:Dustin Stanley
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Thanks I will try these tomorrow and see if I can get them to work. Thanks!
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To be fair ... I was kidding  - but you will need brackets ([]) around the FieldName ...
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by:Dustin Stanley
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Yes Joe that was a perfect LOL ;)
Took me a minute but its those little errors that can mess Access all up!

Ok I am at a loss. With the parenthesis I get a Compile Error expected: =

Without the Parenthesis I get nothing to replace the spaces. I have tried with brackets without brackets. Calling a public sub.

I am trying to do this on an AfterUpdate on a Control called SkuNm and then get the other Control SkuIDURL to update correctly. It shows and updates the URL but still has spaces! These below is what I have tried. Plus more.

Private Sub SkuNm_AfterUpdate()
Me.SkuIDURL.value = "htt p:// Store .com/index.php/product/" & (Me.SkuNm.value) & "/"
'Replace Me![SkuIDURL].value," ","-"
'Replace Forms!frmSkusEntry!SkuIDURL.value, " ", "-"
'Replace [Forms]![frmSkusEntry]![SkuIDURL].value, " ", "-"
'Call URLSpaceCorrection
End Sub

**I broke the link up above on purpose.

Thanks for the help!
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by:crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, Access
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Joe, Dustin doesn't have spaces or special characters in his fieldnames so brackets aren't needed

Hi Dustin,

you have extra spaces in the url but that would not be causing a compile error. I think the fieldname/controlname for url might be wrong so I susbstituted url_controlname (you will need to look this up and change it). Trim removes leading and trailing spaces from the value.

try:
if not isnull(Me.SkuNm.value) then
   Me.url_controlname = "http://Store.com/index.php/product/" _
      & replace( trim (Me.SkuNm.value) ," " ,"-" ) & "/" 
end if

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by:Dustin Stanley
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Nevermind I got it! Does this look good or is there a better way? Thanks for the help!

Me.SkuIDURL.value = "htt p://Store .com/index.php/product/" & (Me.SkuNm.value) & "/"
Me.SkuIDURL.value = Replace(Me.[SkuIDURL].value, " ", "-")

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better to do it all in one step. Also test SkuNm first to make sure it is filled out -- try the code I gave you --  you still have spaces -- there should not be any.

You are referencing 2 names: SkuIDSurpURL and SkuIDURL. This field should be called SkuURL in the table design -- so
1. close the form
2. fix that and change the Control Source and Name for that control to match the field name
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by:Dustin Stanley
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Ok Crystal thanks. The spaces were on purpose so there isn't a true link generated here in the forum to some random site.
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you're welcome

 I also added to my comment, maybe after you read it ~
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by:Dustin Stanley
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Nope error just SkuIDURL
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I would remove ID from the fieldname to be consistent. When ID is in a fieldname, that implies it is a Long Integer (or AutoNumber). At least that is what we did when designing your tables. This field is Text.

> "SkuIDSurpURL and SkuIDURL"

I see I am not the only ones who edits posts! You fixed that ...
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by:Dustin Stanley
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I don't know why the single step one wasn't working. It just kept adding on to the existing sting value. But this one is working perfect for me.

Private Sub SkuNm_AfterUpdate()
If Not IsNull(Me.SkuNm.value) Then
 Me.SkuNm.value = Trim(Me.SkuNm.value)
  Me.SkuIDURL.value = "http://Store.com/index.php/product/" & (Me.SkuNm.value) & "/"
   Me.SkuIDURL.value = Replace(Me.[SkuIDURL].value, " ", "-")
   Else
   Exit Sub
   End If
End Sub

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I have the ID in there because it is the URL to that specific SkuID. Which I can change it.
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by:Dustin Stanley
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Thanks For The Help!
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you're welcome, Dustin ~ happy to help
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@Crystal ... I thought it was a field name in a query, in which case you would need brackets around it, spaces or not.
But since it's a value on a Form, then no.
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