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Error: Error creating annotation feature class. The table was not found.

Error Message

Converting labels to annotation returns:

Create Annotation Feature Class
Error creating annotation feature class.
The table was not found.
The table was not found.
Syntax error in FROM clause.

Cause

This occurs when invalid characters are specified for the annotation feature class name, such as a name that starts with a number, a name that includes parenthesis, and so forth.

Solution or Workaround

  • Specify a valid annotation feature class name. Consult your DBMS documentation for valid table names.
  • You may alternatively create a temporary feature class with the desired name in ArcCatalog, before entering the name in ArcMap.
  • Additionally, you can programmatically test a name by using the IFieldChecker.ValidateTableName ArcObjects class.