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Overview

Today's Web surfers expect more from your Web site than a picture of your corporate headquarters and a few links to your favorite shareware sites. They expect a powerful, media-rich tool that helps them find the information they need. NetObjects Fusion 3 For Dummies guides you through creating sophisticated and efficient Web sites by using terms that first-time Webmasters will easily understand.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to

  • Give your Web site a professional, consistent look and feel
  • Unlock the linking power of NavBars
  • Forget typing anything twice on your site, thanks to Assets
  • Create custom margins and borders with MasterBorders
  • Add the power of Java with NetObjects Components
  • Publish your site to any Web server automatically
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502361
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

About This Book
Foolish Assumptions
What's in This Book?
Part I: Getting Going on Your First Web Site
Part II: The Site Is the Castle, but the Page Is King
Part III: Advanced Goodies to Put on Your Page
Part IV: Other Views You Can Use
Part V: The Part of Tens
Part VI: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here

Part I: Getting Going on Your First Web Site

Chapter 1: Why NetObjects Fusion Packs the Knockout Punch
Flexing Site Management Muscle
Taking a look at your site
Linking the easy way
Asset management that puts your broker to shame
The Quark XPress of Web Authoring
You're the Master of the Border
Creating Graphical Links on the Fly
NavBars to the rescue
Map to the stars
No Fuss, No Muss When You Make Changes
FTP This!
Chapter 2: The Basics of Site Creation
Creating a Web Site
Adding Pages -- Moving and Deleting Too!
Adding pages to your site
Moving pages around
Deleting a page
Playing the Name Game
Fine-Tuning Your Site
More fun with the Properties palette
The Page tab
The Site tab
The View tab
Other tools and buttons that put you in control
The Standard Tools palette
Structure view versus Outline view
Chapter 3: Take the Easy Way Out with Templates and Styles
Using AutoTemplates
Contemplating Templates
Facts and figures
Your corporate presence
An online compartment for your department
Do It with Style
Chapter 4: Moving Up to NetObjects Fusion without Confusion
Fusionizing Your Current Site
Importing the whole enchilada...er, site
Importing a page here and there
Imparting Important Importing Portents
Layout lunacy
Mac under attack
Let's get metaphysical
Importing without Really Importing
Referencing a single page
Referencing a whole site

Part II: The Site Is the Castle, but the Page Is King

Chapter 5: Tooling Up for Web Page Creation
Getting the Hang of Floating Palettes
The Object Tree
The Properties palette
One Page, Yet Two Parts: Layouts and MasterBorders
Controlling your Layouts
Creating a new Layout
Resizing your Layout area
Coloring your Layout
Sounding off in your Layout
Mastering MasterBorders
Creating a new MasterBorder
Getting marginal with MasterBorders
Digging through Your Tool Box
All I wanna do is zooma zoom zoom zoom
Movin' around
Chapter 6: Getting the Word Out with Text
Adding Text to Your Page
Boxing your text: I coulda been a contenda!
Wrapping up your box
Touching Up Your Text
Going boldly where no italic has gone before
Size on the rise and the great shape escape
Adjusting type size
Changing the font
Coloring your world and words
Prettying Up Your Paragraphs
Adjusting your alignment
Smoothing out those indents
Getting the lead out with bullets
Writing in style
Making Paragraph Styles Your Way
Changing paragraph styles to match your style
Making styles disappear forever
Creating a style all your own
Specializing in Special Characters
Representing symbols
Varying variables
Using a variable
Creating your own variable
Searching and Checking Your Text
Chapter 7: Picture the Perfect Web Page
Formatting Frenzy
Creating Web-friendly formats
Converting the infidels...I mean graphics
Dipping into Your Personal Gallery
Graphic insertion without too much exertion
Stretching the limits -- and then some
Adding special image effects
Making colors transparent
Adding text to graphics
Rotating and bordering
Lines and Rules Are Not for Fools
The rules of horizontal rules
A line in the sand...er, on your page
Lines with style
The Shapes of Things to Come
A Regional Slant
Chapter 8: Hot Rod Linkin'
Cruisin' Your Own Hypertext Highway
Linkin' text, not Nebraska
Adding internal text links
Adding smart links
Adding external links
Adding a file link
Undoing the deed
Cute as a Button -- Literally
One Big Picture, Many Little Links
Anchors Aweigh
NavBars: The Fast Lane for Your Linkin'
Chapter 9: Multimedia: The Real Sizzle
Electrifying Visitors with Shockwave
Directing Director files
Flashing and splashing
A Quick Look at QuickTime
Hey, Mom, I'm Makin' Movies!
The Sound and the Flurry
Do-It-Yourself Multimedia
Spilling the Beans on Java
Leading an ActiveX Lifestyle

Part III: Advanced Goodies to Put on Your Page

Chapter 10: Turning the Tables
Building a Basic Table
Setting Up Your Table
Giving those cells some elbow room
Using backgrounds like a virtual tablecloth
Adding text and graphics to your table
Getting the Size Right
More rows and columns: Adding a leaf or two to your table
Resizing your table
Chapter 11: Interactive Forms in an Instant
Where Will You Put Your Form?
Forming Your Form
Creating a new form
Adding a little text here
Adding a lotta text there
Giving options to your users
Radio buttons: This or that
Check boxes: This and that
Combo boxes: The other things
Popping in the Reset and Submit buttons
Applying the Finishing Touches
I've got my CGI on you
Hidden fields
Chapter 12: NetObjects Components: Your Secret Bag of Tricks
Looking at Your Bag of Components
Using Those Dynamite DynaButton Bars
Creating a basic DynaButton bar
Adding sub-buttons to a DynaButton bar
Parading Messages with the Ticker Tape Component
Adding a Ticker Tape banner
Changing the color of a Ticker Tape banner
Giving Your Visitors a Map of Your Site
Mixing and Mingling with a Message Board
Gathering information for the Message Board component
Creating your message board
Making CGI Easy: The Form Handler Component
Getting ready to use Form Handler
Using the Form Handler component
Rolling with the Picture Rollover Component
Making Your Images Punch a Time Clock
Taking a Load Off with the Picture Loader
Going a Round with Rotating Pictures
Adding New Components to the Mix
Chapter 13: Fun with Frames and HTML Scripting
Understanding Frames
Creating AutoFrames in NetObjects Fusion
Before you begin: Things to keep in mind
Creating a frame with AutoFrame
Creating multiple frames with AutoFrames
Modifying Individual Frames
Adding HTML to Your Pages
Adding page HTML
Adding object HTML
Creating a custom object
Chapter 14: Data Publishing Made Easy
Using NetObjects Fusion as a Database
Creating a Data Object and DataList
Stacking the pages and adding data
Publishing Data from External Sources
Creating a Data Object and DataList
Formatting not smoking your stack
Organizing Your DataList
Resizing a DataList
Adjusting DataList properties
Recycling or Splitting Your Data with Filter
Searching for Missing Data Fields
Chapter 15: Lights, Camera -- Actions!
Exploring the Link Between DHTML and NetObjects Fusion
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Creating an Action
Creating an element to use with an Action
Creating an Action
Defining text as an Action

Part IV: Other Views You Can Use

Chapter 16: Now You're Stylin' with the Style View
Acquiring a Sense of Style
Creating Your Own Style
Working from the background up
Adding a top-notch banner on every page
Placing buttons here, there, and everywhere
Raging bullets
Laying down some rules for your graphics
Taking a crayon to your text
Managing Styles Like Armani
Chapter 17: Manage Your Web Assets Like a Wall Street Tycoon
The Basics of Asset Management
Checking out your assets
Deleting assets
Organizing File Assets
Managing Link Assets
Dealing with Data Object Assets
Getting Value from Variable Assets
Verifying Your Assets
Chapter 18: Finally! Get That Darned Thing Online!
The Publish View Exposed
Setting the Stage
Organizing your site: Structural choices
Outputting HTML for compatibility
Where to, Buddy?
Testing locally
Publishing globally
Publishing to multiple locations
So Publish It Already
Chapter 19: You Published It; Now Keep Up with Upkeep
The Information Is a Changin'
Making your site a current affair
Getting rid of bad habits
Change for the sake of change? You bet!
Doin' is learnin'
If You Build It, They Won't Come -- Yet
Desperately seeking search engines
If you show mine, I'll show yours
The paper chase
Putting the word out on the street
Be Snoopy, Charlie Brown
A Site for More Eyes
NetObjects Fusion Online Support
The base of all knowledge
In the news
Docs that make house calls
Odds and ends

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 20: Ten Design Tips for Any Aspiring Web Author
Keep Layouts and Elements Consistent
Avoid Graphical Gluttony
Avoid Multimedia Mayhem
Plug Your Visitors In to the Right Plug-Ins
Be a Crowd Pleaser
Don't Get Too Wordy
Be a Merciless Editor
Just Say No to Scrolling
Make It Easy to Move Around
Nobody Cares How Many Previous Visitors You've Had
Chapter 21: Ten Elements Every Web Site Should Include
Providing Contact Information
Polling the Court of Public Opinion
Giving Ample Notice with Copyrights
Taking Credit for Your Work
Linking to the Outside World
Giving Away Free Stuff
Meeting the Press
Mastering Your Domain
Date-Stamping Your Site
What's New?

Part VI: Appendixes

Appendix A: Finding a Home for Your Site
What's in a Domain Name?
Owning your domain name
Registering your domain name
Choosing between Local and National ISPs
How Much Should You Pay?
Money for nothing: After the initial setup
The bottom line on cost: What to expect for your money
Easy Remote Access to Your ISP
Deciding Which Extras You Need
Checking References
Doing the Bandwidth Boogie
Oops! I Signed with the Wrong ISP
Appendix B: About the CD
System Requirements
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
What You'll Find
Web Tools category
Media Development category
If You've Got Problems Of the CD Kind

Index

IDG Books End-User License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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