Chapter 21. Managing Data

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Repeating data on a page

  • Dreamweaver Technique: Applying a Repeat Region

  • Selectively showing and hiding areas

  • Moving from record group to record group

  • Using Application objects for instant recordset navigation

  • Dreamweaver Technique: Establishing Recordset Navigation

  • Navigating recordsets with Flash buttons

With the power to access the data of the world—or at least your part of it—comes great responsibility. As a Web page designer you determine how best to present that information. Not only does this include the surrounding look-and-feel but also how the data itself is structured. How many records should you show at once? One? Ten? All? How should the user navigate from one group of records to another? What should the user see when there are no more records to display? Obviously, there are no definitive answers to these questions; each response must take into account the intent of the page, the type of data involved, and the audience for that data. This chapter can't give you precise solutions for every Web application, but it does give you the tools to devise your own resolutions.

The Web is, almost by definition, a hotbed of constantly changing technologies. It can be frustrating when you are introduced to a technology, such as Dreamweaver's Flash buttons, and you cannot utilize its full potential. For instance, you have had no easy way to use Flash buttons to navigate recordsets—at least, not until now. The final section in this chapter describes ...

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