One of the basics of GIS is providing a connection between data and imagery. All 3.x versions work with an underlying DBF database (dBase III, IV). Many users prefer a connection to an MS Access database, because of its widespread use. For users that still have Access 97 or earlier, this can be done with a free practical script called AccessConnect . Users who have a more recent version of Access will encounter problems with this script. For the ArcView 3.x users with more recent MS Access versions, there is a free bypass program available.
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