<snip> - why declare a variable if you can't declare a type? </snip> To catch you when it's 4am and you are falling into your keyboard and you try coding something like: dim myvar ... blah blah other code... myver = myver + 1 and you spend 4 hours wondering why the variable "myvar" is unchanged. (If you set explicit on, then ASP will bleat that myver is undeclared.) Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt ;-) David. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, please preserve the confidentiality of it and advise the sender immediately of any error in transmission. Any disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken, or omitted to be taken, by an unauthorised recipient in reliance upon the contents of this e-mail is prohibited. Somerfield cannot accept liability for any damage which you may sustain as a result of software viruses so please carry out your own virus checks before opening an attachment. In replying to this e-mail you are granting the right for that reply to be forwarded to any other individual within the business and also to be read by others. Any views expressed by an individual within this message do not necessarily reflect the views of Somerfield. Somerfield reserves the right to intercept, monitor and record communications for lawful business purposes.