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Essential Skills for First-Time Designers From planning to designing to going ...
Essential Skills for First-Time Designers From planning to designing to going live,FrontPage 2002: A Beginner's Guide will teach you to create attractive,fully functioning Web sites. Learn to use the latest features of FrontPage 2002 through the tutorials and step-by-step examples in this easy-to-follow guide. Customize the familiar user interface,create visual interest with DHTML,format globally with Cascading Style Sheets,edit HTML,and make your site interactive. Plus—get helpful advice on targeting your audience,hyperlinking,publishing your site to different types of servers,maintaining your site,and managing and storing data. Packed with information that's presented in a simple,proven format,this book is a great starting point for learning and extending FrontPage's capabilities.
This Beginner's Guide is Designed for Easy Learning:
Mastery Checks—End-of-module reviews that test your knowledge using short-answer,multiple-choice,fill-in-the-blank,and simple coding questions
Proper planning and organization are critical when you create a Web site. While FrontPage makes it easy to organize a site, there is still a great deal of preparation that goes into making a Web site successful. This module will help you create a well-planned Web site using FrontPage's management tools.
For you to understand better how a site's purpose affects the layout and content, we will compare the differences between two Web sites. Notice the differences between their design and content. Figure 2-1 shows the home page of Jakob Nielsen's useit.com Web site. Jakob Nielsen has long been one of the leaders in promoting usability on the World Wide Web. The purpose of his site is to share information about himself, his work, and World Wide Web usability.
Figure 2-2 reveals the home page of shockwave.com. Notice the stark contrast between the home pages in Figures 2-1 and 2-2. You can see that the shockwave.com site is mainly for interactive entertainment. This site features cartoons, shows, games, music, and more. In contrast to useit.com's simple colors and layout, shockwave.com uses more colors and images to promote their shows, games, and more. The navigation of the two sites varies also. useit.com has a simple navigation system that comprises of text links, while shockwave.com's navigation uses images and text to aid in navigation. Notice that the links for the main portions of the shockwave.com site are placed on the top of the page.
Before creating your site, it is important to know who your target audience is. You should know who it is that will be inclined to visit your site, and you should always keep them in mind while developing your site. The following are examples of potential audiences:
Though FrontPage makes it easy to create a site, you need to do some planning before you start, or you may waste a lot of time. Consider issues such as the number of pages, the basic site structure, and the page content. A lot of people plan a Web site exactly right, but continue to add things after the initial design is set. This results in scope creep: creating and re-creating a site before it's finished because of a new idea or design. Because the Internet gives you the ability to update regularly, it is best to complete your Web site and update it gradually as feedback and opinions from people pour in. Most sites are updated frequently to keep the content fresh and engaging to visitors, and any minor design modifications can be made then. Sites that get updated often attract not only new visitors, but also existing visitors who will visit the site often to see what is new.
A great way to find out about the appeal and functionality of your site is to ask people you know to take a look at it and give you their feedback. Often, the comments provided by them will give you valuable insight into what you are doing correctly and incorrectly. While it may take some time to gather the opinions and incorporate the modifications, it is well worth the time and effort.
Another important area of your site is the layout. Layout is how information and other elements on your site are organized. The following guidelines will help you with layout:
Figures 2-3 and 2-4 show the same Web site at a 640 x 480-pixel resolution and an 800 x 600-pixel resolution. Notice how the page conforms to the size of the browser and that there are no horizontal scrollbars. ...
|Pt. I||Planning and Creating a Site|
|1||The FrontPage Interface||3|
|2||Planning and Organizing Your Web Site||27|
|3||Creating a Web Site||53|
|Pt. II||Designing and Publishing Web Pages|
|4||Using Images in Your Pages||87|
|5||Drawing and Using Multimedia||121|
|9||Modifying and Publishing Your Site Online||275|
|Pt. III||Making Your Site Interactive|
|11||Animating Your Site||349|
|12||Using FrontPage Web Components||371|
|13||Using Themes and Templates||415|
|14||Plug-Ins, ActiveX Controls, and Java Applets||439|
|Pt. IV||Doing More with FrontPage|
|15||Web Programming Languages||459|
|16||Integrating Microsoft Office into Your Site||479|
|App. A: Answers to Mastery Checks||495|
|App. B: Resources||509|
FrontPage 2002: A Beginner's Guide helps you learn FrontPage by teaching you basic skills, such as learning the interface, to complex skills, such as saving form data to a database. All of the major features of FrontPage are covered in detail, and best of all, this book gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to Web pages by following easy to understand, step-by-step instructions.
Module 1, "The FrontPage Interface," introduces the various menus, toolbars, and icons that you will use. In addition, you will also learn how to customize FrontPage's interface and how to use FrontPage's help feature.
Module 2, "Planning and Organizing Your Web Site," discusses how you should plan a Web site and use design in your pages. You will find tips ranging from targeting visitors to using color. Additionally, you will be introduced to an important facet of Web site development using FrontPage: the FrontPage Web.
Module 3, "Creating a Web Site," teaches you how to create a basic Web site using text and hyperlinks. You will learn how to incorporate and format text into your documents, and you will also learn to navigate by adding hyperlinks. Hyperlinks are an integral part of navigation, and various methods of hyperlinking are discussed.
Module 4, "Using Images in Your Web Pages," discusses how to insert and format images in FrontPage. This module also explains how to use FrontPage's built-in tools for inserting and searching for clip-art images.
Module 5, "Drawing and Using Multimedia," discusses the multimedia features of FrontPage. You will learn how to draw lines, shapes, 3-D objects, and more using FrontPage's intuitive drawing tools. This module also explains how to incorporate and modify video and sound.
Module 6, "Using Tables," details an important Web design element: tables. This module discusses everything from formatting tables to nesting tables to adjusting cells.
Module 7, "Using Frames," teaches you how to use frames. Besides explaining how to create and format frames, this module discusses the nuts and bolts of using FrontPage to create and format inline frames.
Module 8, "Creating Lists," teaches you how to organize information on a Web page using lists. This module discusses all aspects of lists from changing list styles to making lists interactive using animation.
Module 9, "Modifying and Publishing Your Site Online," concludes Part II by teaching you the various methods of publishing your Web site to the Internet. You will also learn how to modify page properties, analyze Web site reports, and more.
Module 10, "Using Forms," teaches you how to use FrontPage to enable your Web site's visitors to transmit information via a Web page. This module also teaches you how to save your visitor's input to a database and how to display the results from the database in your Web browser.
Module 11, "Animating Your Site," teaches you how to animate objects such as text and images. You will also learn how to create image rollovers, page transitions, and more.
Module 12, "Using FrontPage Web Components," explains how to use the FrontPage components, such as a search box, the banner ad manager, automatic Web content, and link bars, that you can use to save time in FrontPage.
Module 13, "Using Themes and Templates," teaches you about themes and how you can use them to enhance color, text style, and more in your Web pages. This module also tells you how you can use templates to create complicated pages easily.
Module 14, "Plug-Ins, ActiveX Controls, and Java Applets," covers how you can use FrontPage to insert and customize plug-ins, ActiveX controls, and Java applets.
Module 15, "Web Programming Languages," helps you to understand how FrontPage handles various Web programming languages. You will learn how to view and incorporate HTML code, and how to create and modify your own CSS styles.
Module 16, "Integrating Microsoft Office into Your Site," discusses how you can use FrontPage to incorporate content from various applications into your Web sites.
In most modules, you will follow step-by-step instructions and use your knowledge of the topics covered to work on a Web site. All of the files needed for your projects and examples are provided for you to download from http://www.kirupa.com/frontpage or http://www.Osborne.com.
FrontPage 2002: A Beginner's Guide goes beyond simply explaining how to use the various features of FrontPage. Instead, it provides easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions to learn and apply the features of FrontPage into your Web sites. It also offers code that describes particular functions.
There are various checkpoints, called "1-Minute Drills," in each module that provide questions for you to answer to check your understanding of the topics covered. After completing a module, you will be further tested on your knowledge with questions in the "Mastery Check." The questions in the "Mastery Check" require a more complete understanding of the topics covered in the module, and the answers are in various formats such as multiple choice.
Posted August 24, 2002
If you are a beginner/intermediate user this book is great. What really piqued my interest was the warm and friendly responses to my questions that I received from the author himself. Kirupa really has gone the extra mile to make this book clear and helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2001
Starting from introducing the FrontPage interface to integrating ActiveX controls and Java Applets into your web pages, the book has taken into consideration each and every aspect of Web Designing and Development the developers should be aware of. I really liked those 1-Minute Drills at the end of all major topics, and the Mastery Checks (with answers at the end of the book) and the Projects at the end of every module. I am sure they'll help you apply whatever you learned and make sure that you are on track, going in the right direction. All illustrations are clear and concise, and I am pretty sure they'll will help you a lot in getting yourself familiar with everything you can do with FrontPage 2002 at ease. 'FrontPage 2002 : A Beginner's Guide' - Yes, an excellent guide and a 'Must Have' for the beginners.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2001
Kirupa Chinnathambi has written a wonderful book on FrontPage 2002. This book, aimed clearly at beginner/intermediate Web developers, covers all the features of FrontPage thoroghly. Unlike many of the books I have seen about FrontPage 2002, this book guides the reader by helping them master FrontPage by following step by step examples. Within two days, I was able to learn how to use FrontPage to create a Web site. The question and answers and mini-quizzes ensure that you have gained all that the author wanted you to know from that chapter. I highly recommend anybody interested in learning about FrontPage to give this book a shot. It will really help you to learn FrontPage 2002.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2001
After reading the first couple of chapters, I was able to get my feet wet in using FrontPage 2002 to create a mini Web site. I figured that because this book was written by a 16 year old, the book would be lacking in content and depth. But I was completely surprised. This book's step by step instructions are simply great with detailed explanations. I was even able to contact the author himself for a small question, and he responded within the next few hours just as promised in his book. This book is a great resource for any beginner or intermediate developer. Not only do you learn the basics of FrontPage such as image editing and text inputting, you also learn how to save form data and use Web components.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2009
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