19. Importing and Exporting Data
An Access database is like a carefully built fort. It takes strictly organized and error- tested information, and locks it up tight. Very few programs guard their data as protectively as database software does. Word processors and spreadsheet programs accept just about any content and let you build your document structure on the fly. Databases aren't nearly as freewheeling.
Most of the time, databases live in an independent world. But every once in a while, you need to bridge the gap in one of two ways:
Access has several different options for transferring information. You can use the lowly clipboard, sophisticated import and export features, or the ever-popular XML standard. In this chapter, you'll learn about all your options, including one new and pretty nifty trick: how to let people email you their updates to a database. This isn't your father's Access.