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Chapter 5. Working with Jet Databases an... > Working with Object Dependencies and...

Working with Object Dependencies and Access Smart Tags

In earlier versions of Access, changing a table field’s property value—such as the Format or Input Mask specification—often wreaked havoc on other Access form and report objects that depend on the field. Typically, you bind form and report control objects, such as text boxes, to fields of a table or query. In Access terminology, the control objects inherit the properties of the underlying table fields.


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Technically, control objects don’t support inheritance as defined by standards for object-oriented programming. Instead, control objects contain a copy of the property values of the source field. The copied properties aren’t automatically updated when you change the source field’s property values.



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