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FrontPage has taken the World Wide Web, if not the world, by storm. User-friendly, yet full of page design and site management features, FrontPage is quickly becoming a Web-authoring tool of choice. Now, in FrontPage 98 For Dummies, you discover how to use the latest version of FrontPage to start your own Web site from scratch or to take your existing Web site to a whole new level of sophistication.

FrontPage 98 For Dummies is the practical, easy-to-understand reference to all the essential FrontPage features. Web publishing pro Asha Dornfest shows you how to

  • Create your first page and your first whole site with FrontPage
  • Apply special formatting and insert graphic images into your pages
  • Link your pages to one another and to any other page on the World Wide Web
  • Use tables and frames to add finesse to your layout
  • Add Active Elements and FrontPage Components for enhanced functionality -- not to mention pizzazz
  • Publish your site on the World Wide Web for all the wired world to see

Plus, on the bonus CD-ROM accompanying Front Page 98 For Dummies, you get valuable software and resources, including

  • A bonus book chapter: "Advanced Additions: ActiveX Controls, Java Applets, Plug-ins, and Scripts"
  • Software to help you sign up with MindSpring, a FrontPage-friendly Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Paint Shop Pro, one of the best shareware image-editing programs available for Windows
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502705
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/14/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Why This Book Is for You
Who You Are and What You Already Know
What's Inside
The Bonus CD!
How to Use This Book
Icons Used in This Book
Beta Changes and Errata
A Personal Note
Part I: Getting Friendly with FrontPage
Chapter 1: Weaving a Web with the FrontPage Explorer
What Is Web Publishing, Exactly?
Creating a New Web Site
Creating a Web site by using a template
Creating a Web site by using a Wizard
Creating a Web site from scratch
Importing an Existing Web Site into FrontPage
Open, Sesame!
Deleting a Web

Chapter 2: Explorer Essentials

Taking In the Views
Hyperlinks View
Tinkering with the Hyperlinks View
Hyperlinks View housekeeping
Folders View
All Files View
Navigation View
Designing a navigational structure
Changing the navigational structure display
Hyperlink Status View
Themes View
Tasks View
Working with Web Site Files and Folders
Opening files
Adding new pages to your Web site
Importing existing files and folders into a Web site
Exporting files
Creating new folders
Renaming pages and folders
Copying Web sites
Deleting files and folders

Chapter 3: Playing with Pages in the FrontPage Editor

What Does the FrontPage Editor Do?
Launching the Editor
Creating a New Web Page
Using a template to create pages
Creating pages from scratch
Opening a Page
In the current Web site
Stored elsewhere on your computer
From the Web
Converting Other Documents into Web Pages
Word-processing documents, RTF files, and spreadsheet worksheets
Text documents
Previewing a Page
Previewing pages with the Preview View
Previewing pages with a Web browser
Printing a Page
Saving a Page
As a page in the current Web site
Elsewhere on your computer or local network
As a FrontPage template
Part II: Creating Web Pages That Make You Look Like a Genius

Chapter 4: Web Design Fundamentals

Clients and Servers 101
Cross-Platform Mania
Web truism #1: Your visitors use different computers
Web truism #2: Your visitors use different browsers
Web truism #3: Your visitors connect to the Internet at different speeds
Web truism #4: Your visitors come from diverse cultures
Five Steps to a Brilliant Web Site
Give your site a purpose
Remember your visitors
Cultivate an image
Make your site easy to navigate
Plan for the future
Irrefutable Evidence That HTML Is Easy

Chapter 5: Tweaking Your Text

Getting Started
Adding text to a page
Sanity-saving Editor shortcuts
Foolin' with Fonts
Using font tools
Changing text font
Being bold (or italic or underlined)
Changing text size
Changing text color
Defining custom colors
Setting body text color
What's so special about special styles?
Making text superscript or subscript
Creating Stylish Paragraphs
Adding Headings
The List of Lists
Bulleted lists
Numbered lists
Changing the list's starting number
Changing numeral style
Definition lists
Aligning and Indenting Paragraphs
Inserting Symbols
Inserting Comments
Working with Horizontal Lines

Chapter 6: Hyperlinks: Your Web's Ticket to Ride

The Hyperlink Two-Step
Linking to a page inside the current Web site
Linking to a page in another FrontPage Web site
Linking to a page on the World Wide Web
Linking to an e-mail address
Linking to a new page
Using Bookmarks
Creating bookmarks
Linking to a bookmark
Visiting bookmarks
Dismantling bookmarks
Working with Navigation Bars
Inserting a navigation bar in your page
Changing navigation bar text
Using shared borders
Editing Hyperlinks
Changing hyperlink text
Changing the destination of a hyperlink
Changing hyperlink color
Selecting unique hyperlink colors
Basing hyperlink colors on another page
Do-It-Yourself Hyperlink Repair
Verifying and fixing hyperlinks using the Explorer
Verifying hyperlinks
Fixing broken hyperlinks
Checking individual hyperlinks in the Editor
Unlinking Hyperlinks

Chapter 7: You Oughta Be in Pictures

Understanding the Quirks of Web Graphics
Getting to know GIF and JPEG
Picky palettes
Keeping graphics zippy
Practicing graphic restraint
Adding an Image to Your Page
From the current Web site
Stored elsewhere on your computer
Grabbing an image off the Web
From the Microsoft Clip Gallery
Controlling How an Image is Displayed
Aligning an image with surrounding text
Controlling how text wraps around the image
Controlling the amount of space surrounding the image
Adding (or removing) a border
Setting display dimensions
Providing an alternative text label
Editing the Image Itself
Creating a transparent GIF
Creating an interlaced GIF
Cropping an image
Placing text on top of an image
Applying a special effect
Launching a separate image editor
Creating a Background Image
Deleting an Image

Chapter 8: Creating an Image Map

What Is an Image Map?
Choosing an Image Map Style
Choosing the Right Graphic
Creating Hotspots
Drawing hotspots
Drawing labeled hotspots
Moving hotspots
Resizing hotspots
Deleting hotspots
Setting the Default Hyperlink

Chapter 9: You Don't Have to Take Wood Shop to Build a Table

What's a Table Good For?
Creating an Empty Table
Using the Insert Table button
Using the Insert Table command
Using table drawing tools
Converting existing text into a table
Inserting Stuff into a Table (Including Another Table)
Table Tinkering
Aligning a table on the page
Creating a floating table
Setting border thickness
Padded cells
Adding space between cells
Setting table height and width
Fiddling with Cells, Columns, and Rows
Selecting table parts
Adding new columns
Adding new rows
Deleting columns and rows
Adding new cells
Deleting cells
Aligning cell contents
Changing cell, row, and column dimensions
Merging and splitting cells
Adding a Caption
Adding Color to a Table
Changing the background
Adding background color
Changing border color
Adding a background image
Changing table border color
Changing cell border color
Deleting a Table

Chapter 10: Forms Aren't Only for the IRS

How Do Forms Work?
Creating a Form
Using a form page template
Using the Form Page Wizard
Adding a form to an existing page
Working with Form Fields
One-line text boxes
Creating a one-line text box
Validating information entered into a one-line text box
Scrolling text boxes
Check boxes
Radio buttons
Drop-down menus
Submitting Form Results
Adding Submit and Reset buttons
Inserting a Submit or a Reset button
Inserting an image field
Specifying where form results go
Sending form results to an e-mail address
Sending form results to a custom script
Creating a Confirmation Page
Using the Confirmation Form template
Adding confirmation fields to an existing page

Chapter 11: I've Been Framed!

What Are Frames?
Creating a Framed Web Site: The Game Plan
Creating the Frames Page
Filling Frames with Content Pages
Creating a new page
Using an existing page
Tweaking the Frames Page
Adding new frames
Deleting frames
Changing frame properties
Changing the target frame
Changing the target frame for all the hyperlinks in a frame
Changing the target frame for a single hyperlink
Specifying the target frame for form results
Specifying the target frame for image maps
Creating an Alternative for Browsers That Don't "Do" Frames
Saving a Framed Web Site
Previewing a Framed Web Site
Part III: Nifty Web Site Additions

Chapter 12: Playing in the FrontPage Theme Park

Touring the Themes View
Applying a Theme to Your Web Site
Applying a theme to the entire site
Applying a theme to a single page
Inserting a Page Banner

Chapter 13: Eye-Popping Extras: Active Elements and FrontPage Components

Addictive Active Elements
Inserting a hover button
Calling in the Banner Ad Manager
Creating a marquee
Adding a keyword search to your Web site
Tracking visits with a hit counter
Fun with video
Music to your ears
Saving Time with FrontPage Components
Include Page
Inserting the Include Page FrontPage Component
Updating included pages
Scheduled Include Page and Scheduled Image
Displaying standard configuration variables
Creating and displaying your own configuration variables

Chapter 14: Membership Has Its Privileges

How Does a User Registration System Work?
Creating a User Registration System
Adjusting the protected Child Web site's permissions
Adding a user registration page to the Root Web
Setting up the registration system
Linking the registration form to the rest of your Web site
Testing the Registration System
If Your Registration System Has Problems
The registration system doesn't work properly
A registered user forgets her user name or password

Chapter 15: Can We Talk?

What Exactly Is a Discussion Group?
Creating a Discussion Group
Firing up the Discussion Web Wizard
Customizing the discussion group's pages
Adjusting how the discussion group works
Linking the discussion group to your Web site
Talking to Yourself
Part IV: Taking Your Web Site to a New Level

Chapter 16: Bossing Around Your Web

What Are Permissions?
Authorizing Access to Your Web Site
Adjusting Permissions
Changing Passwords

Chapter 17: Making Your Worldwide Debut

What "Publishing Your Web Site" Means
The Skinny on FrontPage Server Extensions
Going Public
If your Web server supports FrontPage Server Extensions
If your Web server doesn't support FrontPage Server Extensions
You're Live!
Keeping Your Web Site Fresh
Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 18: Ten Things You Can Do with Your Web Site

Make a Million Bucks
Keep in Touch
Impress Potential Employers
Impress Geeky Friends
"Wire" Your Company
Spread the Word about a Good Cause
Indulge Your Artistic Side
Incite World Revolution
Erect a Personal Monument

Chapter 19: Ten Must-Have (Kinda) Free Internet Tools

ThunderByte Anti-Virus
Microsoft Office Viewers
Microsoft PowerPoint Animation Publisher and Player
Paint Shop Pro
Anawave Gravity
Adobe Acrobat Reader
This Isn't Shareware, but It's Helpful Anyway

Chapter 20: Ten Net Spots You Don't Want to Miss

Microsoft FrontPage Home Page
Microsoft Site Builder Network Workshop
Microsoft Knowledge Base
Netscape Home Page
Beginner's Guide to HTML
World Wide Web FAQ
Web Style Manual
Web Publishing Online Resource
Part VI: Appendixes
Appendix A: The FrontPage 98 Supporting Cast
Appendix B: FrontPage 98 Compatibility Issues
Appendix C: Installing FrontPage
Appendix D: About the CD


License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    Sitting on the eFence between Good & Bad.

    The book seemed pretty good and useful at first because I didn't know anything about Frontpage, but as I went along the chapters just seemed to get longer and longer with lots of instructions of how to click in dialogue boxes and what happens when you click 'okay' and the little box disappears. I have to say it was easy to understand, though too basic at many points. Read (skim) this book if you're looking to put up a nice looking if generic, ready-made site quickly and haven't used any earlier Frontpage editions. Refer to this book (or buy a different one altogether)only if you get stuck when trying to build a site from scratch. One of the easiest ways to get to know Frontpage 98 is to just play around with it in a dummy web that you can set up. The software that comes with the book is nice reguardless of the book's content.

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