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Displaying ADO Retrieved Data with XML Islands

An XML data island is a piece of well-formed XML embedded into an HTML file. This article will show you how to retrieve data in an XML format from a database using ADO; you will also learn how to bind this data into an HTML document.

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By: Jayaram Krishnaswamy
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September 06, 2006
  1. · Displaying ADO Retrieved Data with XML Islands
  2. · Extracting XML formatted data example
  3. · The Saved XML file
  4. · Reviewing the saved file
  5. · Data types in Access 2003 and XML file
  6. · Displaying retrieved XML in an HTML document
  7. · Creating an HTML document which can display the XML Data

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Displaying ADO Retrieved Data with XML Islands - Creating an HTML document which can display the XML Data
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In the code shown next, insert the XML data island created in the previous section and save it as AdoIsland.htm. Make sure the DATASRC attribute of the table corresponds to the ID field of the XML Data Island. The DATAFIELD attribute refers respectively to the data fields in the XML data island.

<table DATASRC="#Test">
<table DATASRC="#Test" DATAFLD="rs:data" border="1"
<table DATASRC="#Test" DATAFLD="z:row">
<td><span DATAFLD="EmployeeID"></span</td>
<td><span DATAFLD="FirstName"></span</td>
<td><span DATAFLD="LastName"></span</td>
<!--Here plug in the XML Data Island -->

Displaying the XML Data retrieved on the IE

Now if you browse the AdoIsland.htm file the display should appear as follows. If you refer to the table above, you can see that although all fields are in the XML Data Island, only three of them are called while displaying.

Displaying the image saved as an embedded BMP file

From the XML file you could retrieve the field for the 'Photo' and display the image on the browser. For this, you need to add another cell to the table and insert the following for the cell.

<td><img src=""  DATAFLD="Photo"></td>

With the above table cell added to the table, the display now appears as shown here. For this to display correctly you should have the corresponding BMP file at the same location as the AdoIsland.htm file.


This tutorial extends the previous tutorial to show how to access data and display it using the ADO's save() method. An example to display the persisted data using the XML Data Island was described. More importantly, the data types in MS Access as they relate to data types in the persisted XML file were shown in detail. Similar ideas will help in accessing data from a web server with Active Server Pages as well.

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