FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual


In today's highly connected world, almost everybody has a web site, from local sewing circles to the world's largest corporations. If you're ready for one of your own, Microsoft's FrontPage 2003 has everything you need to create Web pages. It's true. Your geek friends may howl in contempt if you use FrontPage, but that's because the program has a reputation for spitting out cookie-cutter Web pages with messy, overloaded HTML code that takes forever to load. Not any more.

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In today's highly connected world, almost everybody has a web site, from local sewing circles to the world's largest corporations. If you're ready for one of your own, Microsoft's FrontPage 2003 has everything you need to create Web pages. It's true. Your geek friends may howl in contempt if you use FrontPage, but that's because the program has a reputation for spitting out cookie-cutter Web pages with messy, overloaded HTML code that takes forever to load. Not any more.

After listening to complaints, Microsoft has given FrontPage 2003 some pretty advanced features, including an HTML cleanup tool that helps alleviate bloated code, and new support for Macromedia Flash and XML. Now, savvy Web veterans can control as much of the process as they want, and even collaborate on a site with developers who use Dreamweaver, GoLive or other Web authoring tools. Yet, unlike those other tools, FrontPage 2003 still has automated features for beginners who don't know where to start.

There's still one flaw, though. Microsoft's idea of a user manual is a flimsy pamphlet. But that's easily solved. FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual offers you everything from the basics to meaty sections on advanced tasks. Our book puts the program's features in context, with clear and thorough chapters that provide valuable shortcuts, workarounds, and just plain common sense, no matter where you weigh in on the technical scale. With it, you can learn to build simple Web pages, or sophisticated ones with tables and Cascading Style Sheets, and find out how to manage and publish a Web site. You'll also learn to create forms, work with databases, and integrate FrontPage with Microsoft Office.

If you haven't worked with Web pages before, each chapter provides "Up to Speed" sidebars with useful background information. If you do have experience, the "Power Users' Clinic" sidebars offer advanced tips and insights. You won't find tips like those in the pamphlet, or even in the Help file. FrontPage: The Missing Manual gives you the complete lowdown on the program above and beyond any book on the market.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596009502
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Mantaro is an accomplished technical writer who has worked as an instructor, training professionals to use Microsoft Frontpage and also as a creator and editor of Web pages. She is now a freelance writer living in New England. Prior to all that, she spend time in New York's art world, where she toiled to boost technical savvy among the old-fashioned and inexperienced.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
What FrontPage Does;
What's New in FrontPage 2003;
HTML 101;
About This Book;
About the Outline;
About → These → Arrows;
The Very Basics;
Safari Enabled;
Part I: Creating a Basic Web Page;
Chapter 1: Building a Basic Web Site;
1.1 The Main FrontPage Window;
1.2 Creating a Simple Web Site;
1.3 Adding Content to Your Web Site;
1.4 Saving Your Work;
1.5 Viewing Your Site;
Chapter 2: Working with Text;
2.1 Adding Text;
2.2 Selecting and Moving Text;
2.3 Formatting Characters;
2.4 Formatting Paragraphs;
2.5 Creating Lists;
Chapter 3: Hyperlinks;
3.1 Understanding Hyperlinks;
3.2 Creating Hyperlinks;
3.3 Fine-Tuning Hyperlink Properties;
3.4 Adding Bookmarks;
Chapter 4: Working with Images;
4.1 Image Files on the Web;
4.2 Adding Pictures;
4.3 Formatting Pictures;
4.4 Adding Videos and Flash Movies;
4.5 Saving Image Files;
4.6 Creating an Image Map;
4.7 Creating Thumbnails;
4.8 Adding a Photo Gallery;
4.9 Adding a Background Picture;
Part II: Improving Your Web Page;
Chapter 5: Tables;
5.1 Tables 101;
5.2 Inserting a Table;
5.3 Formatting a Table;
5.4 Formatting Cells;
5.5 FrontPage Layout Tables;
Chapter 6: Frames;
6.1 Deciding Whether to Use Frames;
6.2 Creating Frames and Framesets;
6.3 Editing Frameset Content;
6.4 Hyperlinking from Frames;
6.5 Creating Inline Frames;
6.6 Alternatives to Frames;
Chapter 7: Cascading Style Sheets;
7.1 Styles: An Introduction;
7.2 Creating an External Style Sheet;
7.3 Creating Styles;
7.4 Applying Styles;
7.5 Understanding Style Behavior;
Chapter 8: Layers;
8.1 Creating Layers;
8.2 Selecting Layers;
8.3 Resizing and Positioning Layers;
8.4 Modifying Layers;
8.5 Nesting Layers;
Chapter 9: DHTML: Adding Interactivity;
9.1 DHTML Effects;
9.2 Creating Basic DHTML Effects;
9.3 Creating Behaviors;
9.4 Creating Actions;
9.5 Deleting and Editing Behaviors;
9.6 Tutorial: Creating a Cascading Menu;
Part III: Building and Managing a Web Site;
Chapter 10: Creating and Structuring Your Web Site;
10.1 Where to Create Your Web Site;
10.2 Using Site Templates and Wizards;
10.3 Creating a Site Manually;
10.4 Creating a Site in Navigation View;
10.5 Planning Your Web Site's Structure;
Chapter 11: Themes, Link Bars, and Templates;
11.1 FrontPage Themes;
11.2 Link Bars and Page Banners;
11.3 Included Content;
11.4 Shared Borders;
11.5 Creating a Page Template;
11.6 Dynamic Web Templates;
Chapter 12: Testing Your Site;
12.1 Making a Good Impression;
12.2 Validation;
12.3 Accessibility;
12.4 Testing with Different Browsers;
12.5 Optimizing HTML;
12.6 FrontPage Reports: Monitoring a Site;
12.7 Testing Hyperlinks;
Chapter 13: Publishing Your Site;
13.1 Things to Know Before You Publish;
13.2 Setting Publishing Preferences;
13.3 Publishing Your Site;
13.4 Authoring Modes;
13.5 Code Cleanup: Optimizing HTML;
Chapter 14: Collaboration Tools;
14.1 Assigning Pages;
14.2 Document Control;
14.3 Assigning Tasks;
Part IV: Forms and Databases;
Chapter 15: Gathering Data with Forms;
15.1 How Forms Work;
15.2 Creating a Form Manually;
15.3 Validating Forms;
15.4 Saving Form Results;
15.5 Creating a Confirmation Page;
15.6 Letting FrontPage Create Your Form;
Chapter 16: Working with Databases;
16.1 Letting Visitors Search Your Site;
16.2 Working with Databases;
16.3 Saving Form Results to a Database;
16.4 Adding a Database Connection;
16.5 The Database Results Wizard;
16.6 Tutorial: Filtering Database Results;
Chapter 17: Interacting with a Database;
17.1 Creating a Database Interface;
17.2 Creating a Database Interface;
17.3 How Your Database Interface Pages Work;
Part V: FrontPage and Microsoft Office 2003;
Chapter 18: Integrating FrontPage with Office Programs;
18.1 Importing Office Files "As Is";
18.2 Moving from Word into FrontPage;
18.3 PowerPoint and FrontPage;
18.4 Working with Excel and FrontPage;
18.5 Displaying Excel Data;
Part VI: Appendix;
Appendix A: FrontPage 2003, Menu by Menu;
A.1 File Menu;
A.2 Edit Menu;
A.3 View Menu;
A.4 Insert Menu;
A.5 Format Menu;
A.6 Tools Menu;
A.7 Table Menu;
A.8 Data Menu;
A.9 Frames Menu;
A.10 Window Menu;
A.11 Help Menu;

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