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Missing Values in Drop down Box

I apologize in advance if I'm posting the wrong groups, but I have a
UI problem in my Windows apps that I'm wondering how other people may
solved. I am using VB.NET to devlope this application.

I can't think of a way to succinctly describe my problem right now, so
just give you a simple example:
Say I have two tables called tblStaff and tblDivision:
StaffID (pkey)
DivisionID (fkey to tblDivision)
DivisionID (pkey)
tblDivision has an Active field that specifies whether the Division is
active or inactive. If it's inactive, it's no longer a valid Division
can be assigned to a staff record. (We do this rather than deleting
record, so we don't screw up our referential integrity for staff who
already assigned to that Division.)

My UI for a staff maintenance page would include a Name field and a
down box for Division that is populated with the active Divisions in

My problem arises when I'm trying to display the information for a
(say, Bob Thomas) that had previously been set up with a valid Division

(say, ABC) that was subsequently set to inactive. If I'm only
the drop down box with active Divisions, ABC will no longer show up in
drop down box, so if I try to look at Bob Thomas' record, it will
appear as
if he had no Division set, when in actuality he does and I'd like to

I've seen reference to a solution people used in Access where they put
text box directly over the combo box, leaving the arrow portion of the
box visible. To use my example, they would then display "ABC" in the
box and all the active Divisions in the combo box. Then, whenever the
tried to use the text box it would throw control to the combo box, so
user thinks they're just using a simple combo box.

So, I imagine lots of people have run into this issue. Anyone have any
clever solutions they'd like to share?

Big D

Feb 10 '06 #1
1 1991
It's Shroff wrote:
I apologize in advance if I'm posting the wrong groups, but I have a
UI problem in my Windows apps that I'm wondering how other people may
solved. I am using VB.NET to devlope this application.

This group is doubly off-topic for your post: ASP has nothing to do with VB,
and classic ASP (which this group covers) has nothing to do with .Net.

You will likely receive better/quicker help by posting to an appropriate
group such as microsoft.publi c.dotnet.langua ges.vb or one of the
windowsforms groups.

There is no reason to apologize for this. Nobody is offended by your posting
this message here. We just want you to get help as efficiently as possible.

Bob Barrows
Microsoft MVP - ASP/ASP.NET
Please reply to the newsgroup. This email account is my spam trap so I
don't check it very often. If you must reply off-line, then remove the
Feb 11 '06 #2

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