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Part 4: Publishing Data on Intranets and... > Working with Hyperlinks and HTML

Chapter 16. Working with Hyperlinks and HTML

The Internet has made the most profound change in the direction of the computer software industry since the introduction of Windows 3.0. Virtually every new software product published since early 1996 has some connection with the Internet, even if tenuous, and currently this trend is showing no indication of slackening. All members of Microsoft Office 97 are "Internet-enabled" to a varying degree. Word 97 lets you convert conventional .doc files to .htm Web pages. PowerPoint 97 encourages you to create presentations for delivery via the World Wide Web. Excel 97 lets you export worksheets to HTML tables. Each enhancement relies on hyperlinks, which lead from one document to another related document, and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), a variant of the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) designed for text document formatting.

Databases currently play a important role in Internet publishing and are destined to become the backbone of commercial transactions conducted on the Internet (called electronic commerce or e-commerce). Private intranets, which quickly deliver up-to-date information within an organization, have even greater potential for exploiting relational database technology. Microsoft has equipped Access 97 with a variety of enhancements for distributing data via private intranets and the public Internet. Access 97 also includes features that allow your Access applications to interact directly with documents located on the World Wide Web. This chapter, plus the following two chapters, shows you how to take best advantage of these new Access 97 features.


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