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Hello All,

These one may be a bit tricky, and what I'd like to do may not even be
possible. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have for solving
this.

Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.

The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.

It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.

I have found that I can display the appropriate pictures using a Bound
Object Frame, and I can make that frame look more or less like a
command button by setting the special effect to Raised. But I have not
been able to find a way to make the faux button act like a button -
when I use the mouse up and mouse down events to change the special
effect from raised to flat, it does look like a button, but all of the
buttons in the other records change as well, which is not exactly the
effect I was hoping for.

Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm stumped here.

Thank you for your time,

Dave
Dec 6 '07 #1
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On Dec 6, 3:19 pm, Dave <dahask...@gmail.comwrote:
Hello All,

These one may be a bit tricky, and what I'd like to do may not even be
possible. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have for solving
this.

Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.

The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.

It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.

I have found that I can display the appropriate pictures using a Bound
Object Frame, and I can make that frame look more or less like a
command button by setting the special effect to Raised. But I have not
been able to find a way to make the faux button act like a button -
when I use the mouse up and mouse down events to change the special
effect from raised to flat, it does look like a button, but all of the
buttons in the other records change as well, which is not exactly the
effect I was hoping for.

Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm stumped here.

Thank you for your time,

Dave
You coudl do somethign with the OnCurrent event of the continuous
form. Try setting the image based on the animal type on the oncurrent
event. You may have to mess around with repainting after you change
the image source. Let me know if that helps.
Dec 6 '07 #2

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Dave wrote:
Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.

The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.

It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.
I had a similar requirement on a project. Client wanted a continuous
form that displayed all the individual parts that went into a component
including a picture of each part.

My solution was to create an unbound form that looked like a continuous
form - e.g. 10 rows of controls that displayed data and an image control
to display the picture.

I wrote code to load the data into the unbound controls and to navigate
through the parts (buttons for "Next Page", "Prev Page") table.

This type of solution gives you a lot of freedom in controlling behavior
but requires a fair amount of code to basically build what Access
already provides.
--
'--------------------------
' John Mishefske
' UtterAccess Editor
' 2007 Microsoft MVP
'--------------------------
Dec 7 '07 #3

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On Dec 6, 2:36 pm, DavidB <je...@yahoo.comwrote:
On Dec 6, 3:19 pm, Dave <dahask...@gmail.comwrote:


Hello All,
These one may be a bit tricky, and what I'd like to do may not even be
possible. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have for solving
this.
Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.
The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.
It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.
I have found that I can display the appropriate pictures using a Bound
Object Frame, and I can make that frame look more or less like a
command button by setting the special effect to Raised. But I have not
been able to find a way to make the faux button act like a button -
when I use the mouse up and mouse down events to change the special
effect from raised to flat, it does look like a button, but all of the
buttons in the other records change as well, which is not exactly the
effect I was hoping for.
Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm stumped here.
Thank you for your time,
Dave

You coudl do somethign with the OnCurrent event of the continuous
form. Try setting the image based on the animal type on the oncurrent
event. You may have to mess around with repainting after you change
the image source. Let me know if that helps.- Hide quoted text -

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Thanks, but I don't think that will help much. I need to display the
whole series of icons at once, it's intended to be an aid to help
users choose the records they are interested in.
Dec 7 '07 #4

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On Dec 6, 10:47 pm, John Mishefske <jmishefsk...@SPAMyahoo.comwrote:
Dave wrote:
Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.
The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.
It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.

I had a similar requirement on a project. Client wanted a continuous
form that displayed all the individual parts that went into a component
including a picture of each part.

My solution was to create an unbound form that looked like a continuous
form - e.g. 10 rows of controls that displayed data and an image control
to display the picture.

I wrote code to load the data into the unbound controls and to navigate
through the parts (buttons for "Next Page", "Prev Page") table.

This type of solution gives you a lot of freedom in controlling behavior
but requires a fair amount of code to basically build what Access
already provides.

--
'--------------------------
' John Mishefske
' UtterAccess Editor
' 2007 Microsoft MVP
'--------------------------- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -
John, I *do* like what you suggest, and there it no doubt it would
work, and nicely. It may just be a little more coding than I have time
for at the moment. Thank you.
Dec 7 '07 #5

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On Dec 6, 3:19 pm, Dave <dahask...@gmail.comwrote:
Hello All,

These one may be a bit tricky, and what I'd like to do may not even be
possible. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have for solving
this.

Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.

The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.

It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.

I have found that I can display the appropriate pictures using a Bound
Dave,
What you're looking to do is very simple. I have done it in a number
of datanase builds, provided the images you wish to display are
relatively small and the total number of records you wish to display
is relatively small.
To give you an idea on the limits, I have built numerous forms that do
this that display images that are 32 x 32 pixels where the total
number of records returned is in the hundreds (not thousands.)

Here's how you can do this very easily:

You'll do this with two tables. One is your existing table that stores
data:

tblExistingData
DataID int (PK)
AnimalInfo varchar(50)
AnimalID int

This one will have data in it that looks like this:

1 This is my cow 4
2 This is my neighbor's dog 7
3 I rode this horse 5
4 I know this sheep 3
5 Some smelly pig 6

You need to create a new table that stores the images:

tblAnimalImages
AnimalID int (PK)
AnimalName varchar(10)
AnimalImage image

Into this table you copy and paste your icons into the appropriate
image column. The data will look like this:

1 Giraffe <giraffe icon>
2 Elephant <elephant icon>
3 Sheep <sheep icon>
4 Cow <cow icon>
5 Horse <horse icon>
6 Pig <pig icon>
7 Dog <dog icon>
8 Goat <goat icon>
9 Cat <cat icon>

Create your continuous form displaying the fields you want to show and
include a bound image frame bound to AnimalImage

Create a query that links your two tables:

SELECT
d.DataID,
d.AnimalInfo,
i.AnimalImage
FROM
tblExistingData d
LEFT OUTER JOIN
tblAnimalImages i
ON d.AnimalID = i.AnimalID


Object Frame, and I can make that frame look more or less like a
command button by setting the special effect to Raised. But I have not
been able to find a way to make the faux button act like a button -
when I use the mouse up and mouse down events to change the special
effect from raised to flat, it does look like a button, but all of the
buttons in the other records change as well, which is not exactly the
effect I was hoping for.

Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm stumped here.

Thank you for your time,

Dave
Dec 9 '07 #6

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On Dec 9, 6:39 am, Lauren Quantrell <laurenquantr...@hotmail.com>
wrote:
On Dec 6, 3:19 pm, Dave <dahask...@gmail.comwrote:
Hello All,
These one may be a bit tricky, and what I'd like to do may not even be
possible. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have for solving
this.
Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.
The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.
It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.
I have found that I can display the appropriate pictures using a Bound

Dave,
What you're looking to do is very simple. I have done it in a number
of datanase builds, provided the images you wish to display are
relatively small and the total number of records you wish to display
is relatively small.
To give you an idea on the limits, I have built numerous forms that do
this that display images that are 32 x 32 pixels where the total
number of records returned is in the hundreds (not thousands.)

Here's how you can do this very easily:

You'll do this with two tables. One is your existing table that stores
data:

tblExistingData
DataID int (PK)
AnimalInfo varchar(50)
AnimalID int

This one will have data in it that looks like this:

1 This is my cow 4
2 This is my neighbor's dog 7
3 I rode this horse 5
4 I know this sheep 3
5 Some smelly pig 6

You need to create a new table that stores the images:

tblAnimalImages
AnimalID int (PK)
AnimalName varchar(10)
AnimalImage image

Into this table you copy and paste your icons into the appropriate
image column. The data will look like this:

1 Giraffe <giraffe icon>
2 Elephant <elephant icon>
3 Sheep <sheep icon>
4 Cow <cow icon>
5 Horse <horse icon>
6 Pig <pig icon>
7 Dog <dog icon>
8 Goat <goat icon>
9 Cat <cat icon>

Create your continuous form displaying the fields you want to show and
include a bound image frame bound to AnimalImage

Create a query that links your two tables:

SELECT
d.DataID,
d.AnimalInfo,
i.AnimalImage
FROM
tblExistingData d
LEFT OUTER JOIN
tblAnimalImages i
ON d.AnimalID = i.AnimalID
Object Frame, and I can make that frame look more or less like a
command button by setting the special effect to Raised. But I have not
been able to find a way to make the faux button act like a button -
when I use the mouse up and mouse down events to change the special
effect from raised to flat, it does look like a button, but all of the
buttons in the other records change as well, which is not exactly the
effect I was hoping for.
Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm stumped here.
Thank you for your time,
Dave- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -
Thanks, Lauren.

Unfortunately, your post addresses the part of the process I already
had in place, not the part I needed help with. Thank you for your
time, though.
Dec 10 '07 #7

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Dave,
Create a command button. Set the value to transparent.lace it over the
bound image control that is populated as I wrote. This will accomplish
what you want.
On Dec 10, 11:54 am, Dave <dahask...@gmail.comwrote:
On Dec 9, 6:39 am, Lauren Quantrell <laurenquantr...@hotmail.com>
wrote:


On Dec 6, 3:19 pm, Dave <dahask...@gmail.comwrote:
Hello All,
These one may be a bit tricky, and what I'd like to do may not even be
possible. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have for solving
this.
Here is the situation: I have a form that displays the high-level data
for a set of records in continuous forms mode. I have a simple command
button that will open another form with the details of the selected
record.
The records are divided into categories, and I'd like to be able
display a picture on the button to visually inform users of a specific
record's category. To put that specifically, I'll call my table
"Animals" and the categories "Horse," "Cow," "Sheep," and "Pig." Each
record is for one individual critter, and I'd like to be able to show
the appropriate graphic of a horse on the button for just those
records that describe a horse, etc.
It seems that linking an image to the command button is not the
answer, as all the buttons end up being the same on all the records.
I have found that I can display the appropriate pictures using a Bound
Dave,
What you're looking to do is very simple. I have done it in a number
of datanase builds, provided the images you wish to display are
relatively small and the total number of records you wish to display
is relatively small.
To give you an idea on the limits, I have built numerous forms that do
this that display images that are 32 x 32 pixels where the total
number of records returned is in the hundreds (not thousands.)
Here's how you can do this very easily:
You'll do this with two tables. One is your existing table that stores
data:
tblExistingData
DataID int (PK)
AnimalInfo varchar(50)
AnimalID int
This one will have data in it that looks like this:
1 This is my cow 4
2 This is my neighbor's dog 7
3 I rode this horse 5
4 I know this sheep 3
5 Some smelly pig 6
You need to create a new table that stores the images:
tblAnimalImages
AnimalID int (PK)
AnimalName varchar(10)
AnimalImage image
Into this table you copy and paste your icons into the appropriate
image column. The data will look like this:
1 Giraffe <giraffe icon>
2 Elephant <elephant icon>
3 Sheep <sheep icon>
4 Cow <cow icon>
5 Horse <horse icon>
6 Pig <pig icon>
7 Dog <dog icon>
8 Goat <goat icon>
9 Cat <cat icon>
Create your continuous form displaying the fields you want to show and
include a bound image frame bound to AnimalImage
Create a query that links your two tables:
SELECT
d.DataID,
d.AnimalInfo,
i.AnimalImage
FROM
tblExistingData d
LEFT OUTER JOIN
tblAnimalImages i
ON d.AnimalID = i.AnimalID
Object Frame, and I can make that frame look more or less like a
command button by setting the special effect to Raised. But I have not
been able to find a way to make the faux button act like a button -
when I use the mouse up and mouse down events to change the special
effect from raised to flat, it does look like a button, but all of the
buttons in the other records change as well, which is not exactly the
effect I was hoping for.
Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm stumped here.
Thank you for your time,
Dave- Hide quoted text -
- Show quoted text -- Hide quoted text -
- Show quoted text -

Thanks, Lauren.

Unfortunately, your post addresses the part of the process I already
had in place, not the part I needed help with. Thank you for your
time, though.- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -
Dec 20 '07 #8

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