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In the Real World—The Role of Data Access Page Design

Much of the content of this chapter concentrates on the lack of support by DAP for common Access form and report designs and control objects. Observations about Save As DAP features that work as expected might be classified as damnation by faint praise. There are workarounds for unsupported objects—such as subforms and subreports—but most workaround aren't elegant, require VBScript programming expertise, and often need additional HTML code. In most cases, what you see in Access isn't what you get in pages without a considerable amount of work on your part. Bear in mind, however, that creating a datasheet-style data entry page, for example, isn't a piece of cake in any authoring tool. This is especially true if you need to implement the equivalent of the Undo, Sort…, and Filter… buttons of the navigation control.

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One of the advantages of handling transformation of ReportML to DHTML with ReportML2DAP.xsl is Microsoft's capability to provide incremental upgrades to Save As DAP features independently of Office service packs. Third-party developers also have an opportunity to extend ReportML2DAP.xsl. ReportML2DAP.xsl is readable—albeit with difficulty—and Microsoft has promised to release the specification for ReportML. (Don't expect a Data Type Document, however, or an all-purpose, hands-off cure for the subform/subreport problem.)



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