Extend the functionality of the current Page Definition Query to include an advanced option to choose secondary fields from which to run the Page Definition Queries. This would allow for greater control of symbology based on other fields and to better control the extent of the reference data frames.
This could be added to the current Page Definition Query dialog.
For Example: In a DDP of states, one could add special symbology for "region of states" in addition to controlling the symbology of the state in focus.
In the Reference Data Frame, the extent could be set to the state in focus with the entire "region of states" to which it belongs.
This is one function that was developed in the Customized DS Mapbook (an extension of the 9.3 Mapbook developer sample) which didn't make into our current DDP. Further information on this and other versions of the Mapbook developer's sample can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/arcmapbook/ .
An implementation of this idea using Python script is available at http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/53404-Looping-through-a-definition-query-in-data-driven-pages?p=336...
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