Working with XML and HTML Files

Sometimes Microsoft introduces a new technology long before it has any real-world use. The XML and HTML file formats, though very useful for developing web sites, to date lack utility as vehicles for exporting or importing Access data. XML in particular appears to be a new technology (not that new; it was introduced in Office XP) that as of yet doesn't have much use for Access data import and export, though perhaps it will in the future. As far as I can see, any Access-related data exchange tasks that you can do with XML or HTML can be done better by other methods, such as the comma-delimited or worksheet formats.

That said, you may need to export an Access table or query to HTML format for posting on a web site; XML files, though perhaps promising for future use, are at present minimally useful for importing or exporting Access data.

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