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Chapter 27. Access and the Internet > Static Versus Dynamic HTML Formats

Static Versus Dynamic HTML Formats

Many people don't understand the differences between publishing static and dynamic data. Static data doesn't change. If you want to publish information that rarely, if ever, changes, you should create a static Web page; the techniques for doing so have been covered in the beginning of this chapter. The data output for each of the methods discussed so far is static and can be changed only by republishing the data and resubmitting it to the Web.

Dynamic data, on the other hand, does change. You should save your data in the dynamic format when you know it will change frequently and your Web application needs to store and retrieve live data from your application by using a form. To publish dynamic Web data, you must output the object to the IDC/HTX file format instead of an HTML file; this process creates two files. The .HTX file—an HTML extension file—has all the formatting tags and instructions needed so that the query's results can be formatted. The .IDC file—an Internet Database Connector file—contains an SQL statement and other information needed by the Microsoft Internet Information Server so that it can connect to an ODBC data source, such as your Access database file (.MDB). The ODBC data source name, user name, and password are all stored in the .IDC file, but no data is stored in it.


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