Creating Interactive Web Pages

The previous example saved a static rendition of the worksheet in HTML format to the web server. In Excel 2000, Microsoft introduced the Office Web Components to create interactive web pages. When saving a worksheet in interactive form, the worksheet was converted to a set of objects collectively known as the Office Web Components. In Excel 2007, the Office Web Components have been dropped and replaced by a dedicated server-side Excel component. Known as Excel Services, the component runs on top of the SharePoint architecture and is able to open Excel workbooks, update data, perform calculations, and render the results as plain HTML for display in a SharePoint portal. Unfortunately, Excel Services is beyond the scope of this book.

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