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Validating imported data

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Hi there

Opinions on the best way to do this.

I want to import data from an Excel spreadsheet into Access and want the
data to be tested before the tables are updated. At the moment all the data
is validated via the data entry form where the BeforeUpdate event is used
for some fields and also in the form. I know these events won't fire if the
data is imported via code.

I was thinking about importing the data into another table first and then
use code to check the data. If the data is validated successfully, transfer
the data into the proper table via Append and Delete queries, or prompt the
user that there is something wrong with the data and the main table will not
be updated.

Now if the data is not transferred because it's not valid and the user wants
to import data from a different Excel spreadsheet, would it be better to
move the invalid data into a different table for the user to come back to at
a later date? This is so the table that holds the imported data only holds
one record at a time, checks the data and moves it to the correct location.

Are there any better ways to do this? I don't really want to import the data
directly into the proper table and find out that the data was not correct or
even that this data has been imported before.

TIA
Stewart
Nov 13 '05 #1
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