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HTML embedded in MS Access form

Hi all,

Presently undertaking a change in the startup form of my database programme. I was thinking of using a HTML editor to create this start up form (in order to make it more "appealing").

I was therefore wondering whether:-

a) it is possible to have a HTML front end (note: I do not wish to use a Browser to access the data).

b) Is it then possible to embed html coding in an Access form?

c) I wonder whether I am mistaken in proceeding in this manner.

Grateful for replies
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
The short any is NO unless you use a web browser control.

What version of Access are you using?    Access 2007 added a lot if UI stuff that makes it a lot easier to make :"appealing" looking apps. . Access 2010 is even better.

Have you tried turning on themes?

 Themed controls
Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
Here is an example of an application that was built in Access that I think looks appealing: http://www.fairsoftware.com/
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
That is a web app.

Access is not a web app and cannot create interfaces like that unless you use a *Lot* of custom controls and programming...

Even in Access 2010 where you can have a "web Database", the type of interface you are thinking of is not possible...

If you really need something like this, you will have to dump Access (as the front end interface)  and use a web technology (.net, ASP, ...et al)

Besides, a simple "HTML Editor" would not get you what you are after anyway...
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
"Appealing" is a subjective term.

I mean if it looks good, but does not work, ...how "appealing" is it.

You main goal should to be to get the DB working flawlessly, and worry about things like "Looks" later...
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:

<Here is an example of an application that was built in Access >
Meaning the BE was built in Access or are you saying that that "Page" was built in Access...?
Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
I totally agree that just HTML alone will not get you want you want.  

You may also want to check out this:

Power Tip: Integrate Silverlight into an Access database

Power Tip: Integrate Silverlight into an Access database (Part II)

Boyd Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVP
PipMicAuthor Commented:
Somehow I was expecting this answer. It confirms my initial thought that this manner of creating a more attractive interface would best be done differently.


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