The report we're going to create together in this tutorial is known as a static HTML page -- a web page that doesn't change. If the information in your database changes and you want those changes to be reflected on your web page, you'll need to repeat this process. Microsoft Access can also create two other types of web pages: server-generated HTML and data access pages. Server-generated HTML removes the middleman -- web users will automatically see the most recent data contained in the database. Data access pages take the interactivity a step further and allow web users to work with the information in your database. We'll explore both of these concepts in the coming weeks.
Let's get to work! If you recall, a few weeks ago we created a report together that listed the home telephone numbers of our organization's employees. If you missed that tutorial, you might want to try it now. If you're not in the mood, don't fret. You'll be able to work your way through this tutorial regardless.
For the purposes of our example, we'll once again be using the Northwind sample database and Microsoft Access 2000. If you haven't used this sample database in the past, there are simple installation instructions located on this site. Select it from the menu shown below and click OK to continue.