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An easier way to update a rich text field

Learn how to update a rich text field without having to save, close and reopen the form.

We've all been waiting for it, but it has yet to be delivered – the ability to update a rich text field and displaying the changes to a user without having to save, close and reopen the form.

Currently, if you have a document locking enabled for the database, the traditional method of closing and reopening works. But, if you make a change to the document afterward and try to save it, a save conflict is generated. To get around this, you have to save and close the form, and create a new document to display to the user.

Here's how:

'Set db, doc & uidoc and update richtext field..........

'Display updates for user:
Dim newUIDoc As NotesUIDocument
Dim newDoc As NotesDocument
Dim oldDoc As NotesDocument
 'cannot delete doc from the ui
'Save Original Document:
docID$ = doc.UniversalID
doc.SaveOptions = "0" 'so users 
are not prompted to save changes 
Call doc.Save( True, False )
'Create New Document 
(can't just open, a conflict occurs due to 
doclocking feature in LN):
Set newDoc = New NotesDocument( db )
Call doc.CopyAllItems( newDoc, True )
Call uidoc.Close( True )
Call newDoc.RemoveItem( "SaveOptions" )
Call newDoc.Save( True, False )
Set newUIDoc = 
workspace.EditDocument( True, newDoc ) 
Delete doc Set oldDoc = 
db.GetDocumentByUNID( docID$ ) 
Call oldDoc.Remove(True)

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