Recipe 13.1 Replace Navigation Button Images with Your Own Images

13.1.1 Problem

The navigation section in a DAP uses button images that are different from the rest of the pages on your intranet. How can you use your own images on the navigation buttons of a DAP?

13.1.2 Solution

The image on a navigation button is named in the button's Src property. By default, the Src property for each navigation button is set to an image stored within the Office Web Component library. You can change the property's value to name an image of your own choosing. You can (and should) also provide an "inactive" version of the image that can be displayed when the button is not relevant to the current context. For example, the First and Previous navigation buttons should be disabled when the user is viewing the first record. The code to change the image based on context has already been written for you; you need only supply an image in the same location and with the same name as the active version of the button, but with the string "Inactive" appended to the name. That is, you might have one image named MyFirstButton.gif and another named MyFirstButtonInactive.gif.

In order to try out the sample provided for this section, please see the introduction to this chapter, which describes how you can update the connection information and connect the DAP to the sample database.

To add your own images to the navigation buttons on a DAP, follow these steps (or open 13-01.mdb to see the completed sample):

  1. Create the images you want to use for the navigation buttons. The Previous and Next buttons for our sample page are shown in Figure 13-1.

Figure 13-1. Active and inactive versions of the Previous and Next buttons
  1. Create a DAP and add whatever controls you'd like. Once you've added fields from tables or queries, you'll see a default navigation section like the one shown in Figure 13-2.

Figure 13-2. The default navigation section includes several buttons
  1. Eliminate any buttons you don't want. For our simple example, we eliminated all buttons except the Previous and Next buttons. To get rid of a button, either select it and press the Delete key, or right-click the navigation control, select Navigation Buttons from the context menu, and toggle off the buttons you don't want.

  2. Select a navigation button and display its properties sheet.

  3. Find the Src property (in the Other page of the properties sheet). Change the property's value to the name of the image you want displayed, as shown in Figure 13-3. Note that the properties sheet seems to insist on storing the full path to the image, even when it is entered as a relative path.

Figure 13-3. Specify the image you want displayed in the Src property
  1. Repeat Step 5 for each button you need to change.

  2. Test the resulting page. Our sample page looks like Figure 13-4.

Figure 13-4. The look of our page is now consistent with the rest of our intranet

13.1.3 Discussion

All the functionality for a navigation button is contained within the DataSourceControl Office Web Component. The name of the image to use, though, is stored in the HTML source of the page. The component itself checks for the name with the "Inactive" string to adjust the appearance of the button relative to the context.

The properties sheet appears to store a full path to the image. That is, you might type in the following text:


But when you leave the property, the value will be adjusted to show a full path and filename:


Internally, however, the HTML source is storing a relative path. If the path to the page changes but it retains an Images subfolder, the page will not break; the image in the relative path will still be found. (The same can't necessarily be said of your data, of course.)