If I put the html tags into the database as the field value, would the tags work when the value is written during a query or would be be written out as a value?
Not quite sure what you mean, but the value going into the database will be the same when you write it out.
I think they would be written out as the value. However you could just pt HTML tags around your asp request<BR><BR><%<BR>response.write("<p& #062;" & ("No Records Found") & "</p>")<BR>%>
Remember that anything written to the client from ASP is written before the Client browser receives it, so if you have HTML, it will be written as HTML, and will Display in the browser accordingly!