Q183215: WD97: Object Not a Collection Error in SynonymInfo.MeaningList
Article: Q183215 Product(s): Word 97 for Windows Version(s): WINDOWS:97 Operating System(s): Keyword(s): kbdta kbdtacode kbproof kbmacroexample word8 word97 Last Modified: 13-MAY-2002 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The information in this article applies to: - Microsoft Word 97 for Windows ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SYMPTOMS ======== When you use the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications MeaningList property, you may receive the following error message: Run-time error '451' Object not a collection. CAUSE ===== You may be setting and using an object variable in conjuction with the MeaningList property as in the following example Visual Basic for Applications code, Set oSynonymInfo = ActiveDocument.Content.SynonymInfo and then calling the property as follows: Msgbox oSynonymInfo.MeaningList(1) Because Visual Basic for Applications treats the "(1)" in "MeaningList(1)" as a parameter being passed to MeaningList, rather than an index to the MeaningList array, the error described in the symptoms section of this article may occur. WORKAROUND ========== Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language being demonstrated and the tools used to create and debug procedures. Microsoft support professionals can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific needs. If you have limited programming experience, you may want to contact a Microsoft Certified Partner or the Microsoft fee-based consulting line at (800) 936-5200. For more information about Microsoft Certified Partners, please visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/partner/referral/ For more information about the support options that are available and about how to contact Microsoft, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS To work around this problem, access the MeaningList array directly without first setting it to a variable. The following two examples successfully use the MeaningList property to return the meaning of a word from the thesaurus. Example 1 --------- The following sample macro allows you to index the array: The following sample macro allows you to index the array: Sub TellMeaning() 'Insert a word into the active document ' removing all other text. ActiveDocument.Content.Text = "pretty" 'Displays the first meaning of the word in the document. MsgBox ActiveDocument.Content.SynonymInfo.MeaningList(1) End Sub Example 2 --------- The following sample macro returns the first synonym for the selected text and traps the error if the word has no definition in the thesaurus. Sub TellMeaning() On Error Resume Next ' Displays the first meaning of the word in the document. MsgBox Selection.Range.SynonymInfo.MeaningList(1) ' Check for likely automation errors. If Err.Number = 9 Then 'SUBSCRIPT OUT OF RANGE ' Tell user what happened. Then clear the Err object. MsgBox "No Definition" Err.Clear ' Clear Err object fields. End If End Sub For more information about the MeaningList property, from the Visual Basic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type "MeaningList" (without the quotation marks), click Search, and then click to view "MeaningList Property." NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Q176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions STATUS ====== Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. MORE INFORMATION ================ For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Q173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles REFERENCES ========== For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Q163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications Additional query words: wordcon vb vba vbe ====================================================================== Keywords : kbdta kbdtacode kbproof kbmacroexample word8 word97 Technology : kbWordSearch kbWord97 kbWord97Search kbZNotKeyword2 Version : WINDOWS:97 Issue type : kbbug Solution Type : kbpending =============================================================================
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