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I think Flex is an excellent choice for what you want to do. Just create a PHP script, or anything really, that returns the data as XML. Then you can pretty easily use the returned xml in data providers for one or more controls. The FlexBuilder help system is great, so if you have problems with manipulating the xml in Flex, etc. check the help and post to the Flex general questions forum. Flex is great!
Thanks Greg, time pressure is pushing me down the Access/ASP route but once this project is out of the way and I've got more time I want to get to grips with Flex and think this would be a good way to try it out.
As soon as you get this into production as an ASP/Access solution, immediately start rewriting it in Flex. As Greg pointed out, you can use PHP to automate the XML creation and if you haven't used PHP, don't worry ASP and PHP are very similar. As for the rest of it, I think you will be very pleased at how fast it progresses. Being under a deadline often makes us think that something will take twice as long as it really does. Also, you may want to install MySQL and try it instead of Access. That would make the whole process of moving from ASP to PHP to Flex more natural.