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Chapter 24. Designing and Deploying Data... > Moving to a New Access Form Model

Moving to a New Access Form Model

Data access pages (DAP) are a radical departure from traditional Access database applications. Unlike other Access objects stored in .mdb or .adp files, Access stores DAP in Dynamic HTML (DHTML) files with a standard .htm extension. DAP that appear when you click the Database window’s Pages shortcut—such as the sample pages installed by Office 2003’s setup program—represent links to the corresponding .htm files. The Review Products and Review Orders page items, for example, are links to the Review Products.htm and Review Orders.htm files in your ...\Office11\Samples folder.

Users view DAP in Internet Explorer (IE) 5+, so they don’t need a copy of Access 2003, nor do you need to distribute a runtime version of your DAP. Users can run DAP from a local copy of the required files, which you can send as an email attachment, or from a file or Web server. However, Access 2003 DAP rely on members of the Office Web Components (OWC) 11 for data connection, navigation, and presentation. Users without an Office 2003 license can download the runtime version of OWC 11 from the Microsoft Office Update Web site. The OWC 11 runtime version lets users display data in PivotTable, PivotChart, and Spreadsheet controls, but it freezes their presentation, except PivotTable filters and expand/collapse operations. Clients must have an Office 2003 license to manipulate these three controls; users can’t pivot a PivotTable or change the chart type of a PivotChart without an Office 2003 license.


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