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  • Multiple choice from listbox?

    Reproducing the functions of a proprietary system I realize that the very last field permits multiple choices. That's as choosing multiples from the multiple choice. IOW you can have soup or a sandwich OR soup and a sandwich. So far I've been making listboxes (cascading even for clam chowder - New England or Manhattan).

    Using three boxes to put 1-Manhattan, 2-Ham & Cheese, 3-Chocolate would work for data entry but will be cumbersome when sorting for all records with 1=chocolate or 2=chocolate or 3=chocolate. Is there a better way?

    Looking at this whole project in reverse, I'm wondering if Form Control Type choices might have been a wiser approach than Field Rules.

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    Re: Multiple choice from listbox?

    Hi Sandy,
    I think it might depend on how static you want these choices to be and whether or not they might need to change in the future - or be available elsewhere. If the choice list is long a table would be a good place to put them. And if you add a group field then you can organize them for filtering in a lookup by the group. A table would also make it easier to change or add to the list.

    10001     Soup     New England Clam Chowder
    10002     Soup     Manhattan Clam Chowder
    10003     Sand     Ham & Cheese
    Then on your form you can have a control to set the group and filter the choices for the next lookup where you select the Item.

    Do you have a screen shot of what you have so far?

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


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      Re: Multiple choice from listbox?

      What I have is someone who thinks his proprietary system can do better than Alpha Five. The model is also a taxonomy effort. The topic is photographs and the field in question is "Activity." Part of the sample list

      Camp & Camping Entertainment/Relaxation
      Camp Juliette Low
      Edith Macy National Training School
      Music Instruments
      Music Singing

      I know enough about the topic to make logical categories (groups) but what to do if a photograph is in more than one category? (Say playing the guitar and singing at Camp Juliette Low.)

      The purpose of the whole system is to make ladies choose from existing categories. (Using a password to add more categories would be a nice addition.) The list would not be used by other tables that I could imagine.