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1. A relational database running under Microsoft Windows. Data is stored as a number of "tables", e.g. "Stock". Each table consists of a number of "records" (e.g. for different items) and each record contains a number of "fields", e.g. "Product code", "Supplier", "Quantity in stock".
Access allows the user to create "forms" and "reports". A form shows one record in a user-designed format and allows the user to step through records one at a time. A report shows selected records in a user-designed format, possibly grouped into sections with different kinds of total (including sum, minimum, maximum, average).
There are also facilities to use links ("joins") between tables which share a common field and to filter records according to certain criteria or search for particular field values.
Version: 2 (date?).
Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.databases.ms-access.
2. A communications program from Microsoft, meant to compete with ProComm and other programs. It sucked and was dropped. Years later they reused the name for their database.
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(1997-07-20)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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