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Chapter 27. Building Data Access Pages > Introducing Data Access Pages

Introducing Data Access Pages

Data access pages are completely different from any of the other objects in Access. As with linked tables, data access pages (DAPs for short) are not physically stored inside the Access database like forms and reports, but are actually HTML files with a link to an object in your Access desktop database or project file. When you open a DAP in Page view, Access starts a copy of your Web browser inside its workspace and asks it to display the .htm page linked into your DAP object definition. You can also directly open the .htm file that is your DAP outside Access using a Web browser.

Underlying Structure of a Data Access Page

Access data access pages are a combination of various technologies, which include HTML data forms (also called databound HTML controls), Office Web Components, and the Microsoft Office Data Source ActiveX control, all activated from within the dynamic HTML that defines the page. Figure 27-1 shows you an overview of the data access page architecture.


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