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Special Edition Using Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 captures the reality of designing Web sites with FrontPage today. The emphasis is on how to design professional looking sites, how to keep them current with effective content management techniques, and how to do both while working toward the crucial goals of strong communication and interaction.

Elements exist in each chapter that have been crafted to make your reading experience as easy and useful as possible and also to make this book truly serve as the only reference you need for FrontPage 2003. Everything about the software is covered, with increased emphasis in this edition on advanced topics such as scripting, databases, and the design of site interaction. The creation of effective interaction is featured throughout the book, as are the principles of effective communication.

The "Front and Center" area of each chapter is used to interject the authors' real-world experiences and provide that extra piece of knowledge that will help you see the whole picture. They also attempt to have a little fun in this section, showing the personal side to the product they have spent so much time with.

In addition to some sample files and source code from the book, the CD-ROM contains: supplemental FrontPage software (a $100 value!), Internet marketing service trials from a top Internet marketing firm worth $54.95, several popular FrontPage add-ins, including one from Jimco Add-ins called SnipView available exclusively to readers of this book, and more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789729545
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 11/20/2003
  • Series: Special Edition Using Series
  • Pages: 1038
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 2.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Cheshire is the owner of Jimco Add-ins, the Internet's number one resource for FrontPage add-ins. Jim has been featured in numerous computer publications for his contribution to the FrontPage community, including PC Magazine. Jim has also been a contributor to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and has written an occasional newspaper column on computer topics.

Over the past five years, Jim has worked on the FrontPage team and the ASP.NET team at Microsoft, where he is currently employed. He has no official involvement in FrontPage, but still has a fond place for it in his heart.

You can contact Jim by visiting his Web site at http://www.jimcoaddins.com or by emailing him at jcheshire@jimcoaddins.com.

Paul Colligan is the Webmaster of FrontPage World, the Internet's most visited site about Microsoft FrontPage (http://www.frontpageworld.com). The traffic FrontPage World sees allows Paul to interact with tens of thousands of FrontPage users a month to understand their needs in working with the product. Paul writes a number of FrontPage-related newsletters and has coauthored numerous other books on FrontPage. Paul was awarded MVP status from Microsoft in 2002.

He is also a popular presenter on Internet technology topics and frequently speaks online, on the air, and before audiences about his passions. He has presented at events around the country that include Internet World, Linux World, Commission Junction University, and Microsoft Tech-Ed.

Mr. Colligan has played a key role in the launch of dozens of financially successful Web sites and Internet marketing strategies that have seen millions of visitors and millions of dollars in revenue. Previous clients have included InternetMCI, the Oregon Multimedia Alliance, Rubicon International, Microsoft, and the Electronic Boutique.

You can reach Paul in the FrontPageTalk Forum at http://www.frontpagetalk.com or by email at Paul@Colligan.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Better FrontPage.

Why This Is the Only FrontPage 2003 Book You Need. FrontPage 2003: A Major Upgrade. A Short History of FrontPage. FrontPage and the Competition. The Future of Web Design.

Meet Your Authors.

How This Book Is Organized.

I. FRONTPAGE 2003: AN OVERVIEW.

1. What's New in FrontPage 2003.

Three Areas of Focus: Designing, Coding, and Extending. Design Changes. Coding Changes. Extending FrontPage 2003. Also Worth Noting. Front and Center: A Better Product Provides Better Results.

2. FrontPage 2003—A Complete Tour.

About The "Tour". Creating and Editing Web Content. Web Site Creation Tools. Advanced Page Design. Scripting, DHTML, and Dynamic Content. Coding. Collaboration. Working with Databases and XML. Integration with Office 2003. FrontPage and Web Graphics. Integrating FrontPage with Other Systems and Products. Front and Center: A Sum Far Greater Than the Parts.

II. CREATING AND EDITING WEB CONTENT.

3. FrontPage's Views.

About FrontPage Views. Working with Page Related Views. Using Site Related Views. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Views Matter.

4. Developing the Basic Page: Page Properties, Text, Lists, and Hyperlinks.

Elements of Good Page Design. Configuring Page Properties. Entering and Formatting Text. Numbered and Bulleted Lists. Inserting and Formatting Hyperlinks. Spell Check and Other Text Tools. Previewing Site Content in a Browser. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Learning from FrontPage.

5. The Improved Find and Replace.

Improvements in Find and Replace. Finding and Replacing Text. Find and Replace in HTML Tags. Saving Find and Replace Queries. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Reusable Queries.

6. Enhancing Pages with Graphics and Multimedia.

Adding Graphic and Multimedia Elements Using FrontPage 2003. Working with Clip Art. Manipulating Clip Art Using the Pictures Toolbar. Saving Your New Image. Creating Image Maps. Images from Other Sources. Inserting and Configuring Flash Movies. Inserting and Configuring Video and Audio Files. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Graphics, Multimedia, and the Web.

7. Using Themes.

Why Use Themes? Themes Versus Templates. What's New with FrontPage 2003 Themes? Applying an Existing Theme. Creating New Themes. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Should You Use Themes?

8. FrontPage's Navigation Tools and Elements.

The Big Picture. Understanding FrontPage Navigation Elements. Working with a Site in Navigation View. Navigational Elements: Building Bars and Menus. Considerations. Alternatives to Using FrontPage Navigation. Creating Page Banners. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Navigation Power and Building a Site in Navigation View First.

9. Using Web Components, Shared Borders, and Link Bars.

Using Web Components. Working with Shared Borders. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job.

10. Using Tables.

Tables and FrontPage 2003. Using Tables in Design. How Tables Work in FrontPage. Using Layout Tables. Considerations for Using Layout Tables and Cells. Fun with Tables and Cells. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Should You Table the Layout Table?

11. Enhancing Web Sites with Frames.

Use of Frames in Web Design. Creating and Managing Frames and Framesets. Working with Inline Frames. Alternatives to Frames. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: The Great Frames "Controversy".

12. FrontPage's Accessibility Features.

Accessibility on the Web. What Makes a Site Accessible? Common Accessibility Problems. Checking a Site for Accessibility Problems. Where to Go for Additional Information and Support. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Why Is Accessibility Such a Big Deal?

III. CREATING WEB SITES WITH FRONTPAGE.

13. Creating a Web Site.

What Is a Web Site? Creating a Disk-based Web Site. FrontPage Server Extensions and Windows SharePoint Services. Creating a Server-based Web Site. Server-based or Disk-based? Where Are Your Files Created on a Server-based Site? Troubleshooting. Front and Center: User Rights and FrontPage Server Extensions.

14. FrontPage's Web Templates, Wizards, and Packages.

Comparison of Web Templates, Wizards, and Packages. Using FrontPage 2003 Web Site Templates. Using Web Page Templates in FrontPage 2003. Working with Web Packages in FrontPage 2003. Troubleshooting. FrontPage Center: Should You Use Web Templates?

15. Opening and Working with Existing Web Sites.

FrontPage 2003 and Web Site Management: An Overview. Working with Local Web Sites. Working with Remote Web Sites. Working with Windows SharePoint Services. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: The Power of Open Sites and Dead Extensions.

16. Publishing a FrontPage Web Site.

A Birdseye View of Publishing. Where to Host Your Site. Preparing to Publish Your Web Site. Server Types in FrontPage 2003. Optimizing HTML. Configuring the Publish Settings. Remote Web Site View—Publishing Web Sites. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Removing Unused Files.

17. Security and Administration of a Web Site.

Server Extensions Configuration and Administration. FrontPage Client Configuration. Site Administration. Virtual Server Administration. Server Administration. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Configuring Server Extensions Using Command-Line Properties.

IV. ADVANCED PAGE DESIGN CONCEPTS.

18. Using Forms.

Sending Form Results to a File and Email. Form Field Validation. Sending Form Results to a Database. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Creating Your Own Form Handler.

19. Using Style Sheets to Format Web Pages.

Understanding Cascading Style Sheets. Working with External Style Sheets. Using Embedded Style Sheets. Using Inline Styles. Creating and Using CSS Classes. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: More Pseudo-Elements.

V. SCRIPTING, DYNAMIC HTML, AND DYNAMIC CONTENT.

20. Dynamic Web Templates.

An Overview of Dynamic Web Templates. Creating Dynamic Web Templates. Attaching a Dynamic Web Template to a Page. Editing a Dynamic Web Template. Detaching Dynamic Web Templates. Changing Code in an Attached Web Page. Troubleshooting. Front and Center.

21. Making Your Pages and Sites More Dynamic.

Dynamic Effects. Using Collapsible Outlines. Using Page Transitions. Using DHTML Effects. Hit Counters, Time Stamps, and other Dynamic Controls. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: The Truly Dynamic Site.

22. Using Interactive Buttons.

Interactive Buttons in FrontPage. Inserting and Configuring an Interactive Button. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: How Interactive Buttons Work.

23. Using Behaviors.

Understanding and Working with Behaviors. FrontPage Behaviors. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Detecting Browsers.

24. Client-side Scripting.

A History of Browser Scripting. JavaScript Basics. The Document Object Model. Writing Simple Scripts. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Debugging.

25. Using Layers.

Introduction to Layers. Inserting and Configuring Layers. Positioning Layers. Setting Layer Properties with Behaviors. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Building Nested Menu Systems.

VI. WORKING WITH CODE.

26. Working in Code View and Split View.

Editing HTML and Script. Using the IntelliSense Feature. Color Coding HTML and Scripting Code. Code Formatting Options. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Saving Customized HTML Tags.

27. Editing Code with Quick Tag Tools.

Overview of the Quick Tag Tools. Selecting Code with the Quick Tag Selector. Editing Code with the Quick Tag Editor. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Why Use Quick Tag Tools?

28. Using Code Snippets.

The Code Snippets Tool. Working with Code Snippets. Using Code Snippets to Speed Up Design. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Never Underestimate the Power of a Snippet.

29. Optimizing FrontPage's HTML.

FrontPage and HTML. Using the Optimize HTML Dialog Box. Optimizing HTML at Publish Time. Reformatting HTML. Browser Compatibility Check. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Much Ado About Anything?

30. Working with VBA and FrontPage.

Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic for Applications. Accessing Web Sites with VBA. Writing a Macro. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Using Events and VBA.

VII. WEB COLLABORATION.

31. Managing Team Development Projects.

The Team Development Process. Developing the Team. Deciding on the Platform. Servers and the Development Process. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Working Well in a Team Environment.

32. Collaboration with FrontPage 2003.

Developing a Collaborative Authoring Environment. The Role of the Manager. Choosing the Right Technology. Establishing a Workflow. The Development Environment. Checking Documents In and Out. Document Check In/Out with Visual SourceSafe. Assigning Documents. Assignment. Project Assessment. The Role of the Developer. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Collaboration Versus Communication.

33. Managing Workflow and Tasks in the Design Process.

Assessing Your Site. Using Site Reporting. Responding to Reported Problems. Publishing. Damage Control. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Being an Effective Project Manager.

VIII. ACCESSING DATA WITH FRONTPAGE.

34. Types of Data Used with FrontPage: An Overview.

Understanding Database Technologies. XML Data Sources. Using Web Parts. SharePoint Lists. SharePoint Libraries. Understanding Server-side Scripts. XML Web Services. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Real-world Uses for Databases.

35. Data Access Technologies.

Understanding Active Server Pages (ASP). Using ASP.NET. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Developing ASP.NET with Web Matrix.

36. FrontPage's Data Toolset.

Introduction to the Database Results Wizard and Database Interface Wizard. An Overview of the Data Source Catalog and Web Parts. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Data Sources Through a Firewall.

37. FrontPage and Databases.

Creating a Database Connection. Using the Database Results Wizard. Working with the Database Interface Wizard. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Password Protecting Pages of Your Choice.

38. FrontPage and Web Parts.

The Data Source Catalog. Inserting a Data View. Configuring a Data View and Web Parts. Connecting Web Parts. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Formatting with XPath.

IX. INTEGRATING FRONTPAGE 2003 WITH OFFICE.

39. Working with Microsoft Word.

Word and FrontPage 2003. Copying Word Content into FrontPage. The Microsoft Word Web Layout View. Word Content as HTML. Working with Word Documents in FrontPage. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: A Few Words on Word.

40. Working with Microsoft Excel and FrontPage.

Methods for Inserting Excel Data into FrontPage. Preparing an Excel Spreadsheet for FrontPage. Inserting Excel Data with the Database Results Wizard. Inserting Excel Data with the Office Web Components. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: More Ways to Look at Data.

41. Working with Microsoft PowerPoint 2003.

Inserting PowerPoint Content into Your Web Site. Saving PowerPoint Presentations for Use on the Web. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Does PowerPoint "Translate"?

42. Working with Microsoft Publisher.

Creating Web Sites with Publisher. Moving Publisher Content into FrontPage. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Should You Use Publisher?

X. CREATING AND ADAPTING GRAPHICS FOR THE WEB.

43. Color Concepts and Web Design.

Color Theory. Working with Elements of Color. Web Color Technology. Special Concerns. Colors in FrontPage 2003. Creating a Color-Savvy Template. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Color and the Real World.

44. Web Graphic Formats.

Understanding Graphic Formats. Using Vector Formats. Graphic Optimization. Additional Graphic Techniques. Special Concerns. Converting Between Formats. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Setting Standards.

45. Creating Professional Web Graphics.

Putting Images on Your Pages. Obtaining Images for Your Site. Creating Your Own Web Graphics. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Moderation.

46. Using FrontPage's Image Tracing Feature.

Image Tracing. Working with the Image Tracing Tool. Transfer a Design with the Tracing Image Tool. Other Uses for the Image Tracing Tool. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: A Few Things to Consider.

47. FrontPage and Graphics Tools.

An Overview of Graphic Options. Configuring FrontPage for Your Graphics Application. Resizing Images. Designing Graphics for Your Web Site. Creating Web Banners. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Graphics for the Artistically Challenged.

XI. APPENDIXES.

Appendix A: FrontPage Resources Online.

FrontPage Information Online. Microsoft's Offerings. Other FrontPage Related Web Sites. Newsgroups and Discussion Boards. Web Sources for FrontPage Add Ons. ASP and .NET Resources. Windows SharePoint Services Resources. Other Sites Worth Noting.

Appendix B: FrontPage and E-Commerce.

A Brief Look at E-Commerce. Integrating FrontPage with E-Commerce Elements. E-Commerce Products that Integrate Directly with FrontPage. Other Options to Consider. Online Payment Processing Options. Where to Go for More Information. Credit Card Fraud. Finding the Right Host. Front and Center: Designing for Sales.

Appendix C: Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.

Using a Windows SharePoint Services Web Site. An Overview of Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. Installing Windows SharePoint Services. Troubleshooting. Front and Center: Windows SharePoint Services Surveys.

Appendix D: Making Your Own Web Components.

What Is a Web Component? Web Component Architecture. Front and Center: Building a Web Component. Installing Your Component.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    Excellent Information

    I am a designer for web pages and have read many informative publications, but this complete book was amazing. It explained all the new features of Front Page 2003. I have used Frontpage since 1996 and have never read such a complete and easy to understand book. A++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    Excellent reference; tremendous amount of info

    The breadth and depth of content are outstanding. The format and presentation of topic information goes beyond the cursory levels of so-called 'step by step' manuals while avoiding an overuse of techno-jargon. Provided the reader possesses a basic knowledge and understanding of computers and HTML, this is an excellent reference for basic topics (navigation, page layout, text formatting), moderate topics (subsites, macros, site development workflow, integrating with other Office apps), and advanced topics (designing your own web components). The info of greatest benefit to me have been the sections on behaviors (new for FP2003), JavaScript, and managing SharePoint sites (now tightly integrated into FP). Excellent manual and an excellent value, especially when also considering the included CD containing (among others) SnipView and WOPR.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    Nice Package ;-)

    Nice to see something that wasn't rushed. This thing not only covers the basics well (nice move getting people who use the product in their 'day job' instead of just hiring tech writers) but it also hits the things they missed in the other books. This one covers ASP.NET, XML, Window Server 2003, Web Parts and the stuff I'm really interested in. It also gives 'real world' examples and help in the 'Front and Center' section at the end of each chapter - nice touch. Thanks Jim and Paul for giving us the whole story. Jim, the exclusive add-in you put on the cd is excellent (are you really not gonna ever sell it or put it at your site ;-)?) and, Paul, the videos on the cd are great - can we expect more at your site? The free trials are nice too! My only complaint is that it took so long to come out. If I would have had this a month ago, you would have saved me a lot of time.

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