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Chapter 25. Designing and Deploying Data... > In the Real World—Are DAP Finally Re...

In the Real World—Are DAP Finally Ready for Prime Time?

“Microsoft gets it right the third time” is an industry adage that dates from the release of Windows 3.0 and was confirmed by IE 3.0. Microsoft appears to have gotten DAP right—or at least very close to right—on the second pass. Access 2002 solves the serious design-time problems that plagued users who attempted to create Access 2000 DAP without the undo/ redo feature. Access 2002 DAP offer undo/redo, multiple control selection and alignment, and other features that bring page layout operations close to the standard established by conventional Access forms and reports.


The most compelling reason to adopt version 2.0 of DAP as a means of delivering data over your intranet—and, with reservation, the Internet—is the availability of the runtime installation for OWC 10. Access 2000's DAP 1.0 weren't accessible by users who didn't have Office 2000 installed. The relatively low upgrade and adoption rate of Office 2000 resulted in very limited deployment of production DAP. According to Microsoft, about 60% of current customers use Office 95 or 97; other market research firms peg the figure closer to 70%. Providing the runtime version makes view-only DAP accessible to anyone willing to take a chance with installation of OWC 10 on their PC.


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