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Chapter 17. Generating Web Pages from Ta... > Easing the Way to Web-Based Decision...

Easing the Way to Web-Based Decision Support

The easiest approach to creating Web pages is to export existing content from applications with which you're familiar. Each member of Office 2000 is capable of exporting documents to formatted HTML files with a File menu choice or a wizard. Access 2000 gives you several options for creating static and dynamic Web pages from data contained in Jet tables. This chapter covers methods for generating Internet-compliant static and dynamic Web pages. Internet-compliant content, defined in the "Putting Microsoft's Internet Program in Perspective" section of the preceding chapter, works with any browser on any operating system. Static Web pages require you to replace a page when the underlying data changes; dynamic pages update automatically when the data changes and let users execute queries against databases. The next chapter, "Designing Data Access Pages," describes how to create intranet-only pages that take advantage of Dynamic HTML (DHTML) data binding.

You don't need to be an HTML expert to export data from Access 2000 objects to static Web pages and to semi-dynamic Web pages that deliver current data but don't offer query capability. In fact, you don't need to have any knowledge of HTML and its formatting tags to do the examples in this chapter. An elementary understanding of using basic HTML tags, however, lets you alter the predetermined format of exported data to improve the appearance or utility of your Web pages. Thus, the HTML source for some of the examples in this chapter is included in the form of code listings or examples in the text.


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