Working with the Office Web Components

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Microsoft® Office XP applications support HTML code as a native file format, making all Office documents "Web-ready" by default. Publishing an Office document to the Web is now as easy as saving a file to your computer's hard disk.

However, publishing an Office document to the Web is only half the challenge. When you are working with worksheets or databases, much of the value of these documents is the ability to interact with the data they display. Making it possible for users to interact with the data in an Office document when it is viewed in a Web browser is a key aspect of publishing powerful and useful views of the data displayed by an Office document. Being able to interact with the data makes it possible for users to get the information that they think is important, not just the information that the document's publisher thinks is important.

In This Section

  • Web Components and Controls
    Microsoft® Office Web Components provide the means to make it possible for you publish Office documents to the Web while preserving the interactivity the documents have when they are viewed in their native applications.
  • Understanding the Spreadsheet Control
    The Spreadsheet control is a Microsoft® ActiveX® control that makes it possible for you add the functionality of a worksheet to a Web page.
  • Understanding the Chart Control
    The Chart control is a Microsoft® ActiveX® control that makes it possible for you create a two-dimensional graphical representation of data displayed in a Web page in Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.01 or later.
  • Understanding the PivotTable List Control
    The PivotTable List control makes it possible for users analyze data displayed on a Web page in Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5 or later.
  • Understanding the Data Source Control
    The Data Source control is best understood as the reporting engine behind data access pages, PivotTable List controls, and data-bound Chart controls.
  • Using Web Technologies with Office XP
    The Web technologies integrated into Microsoft® Office XP give you a host of new features you can use to create custom applications that take full advantage of Web-based information sharing and collaboration.
  • Understanding DHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and Scripting
    Even if you are an experienced Microsoft® Office and Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) developer, you might approach this subject with a little apprehension.
  • Working with Office Web Discussions Client
    You use the Microsoft® Office Web Discussions Client object library to work with discussion servers or discussions on a page programmatically.
  • Working with the Exchange Web Store
    Web Store is a database technology that you can use to store, share, and manage heterogeneous data, such as e-mail messages, Web pages, multimedia files, and Microsoft® Office documents.
  • Working with Smart Tags
    Using Smart Tags, you can automate user interaction with text in a document based on the value of the text string. For example, the name of an employee can be automated to provide a menu list that makes it possible for a user to compose an e-mail message to that person, display an organization chart showing that person, or link to the employee's Web page.