Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2000 in 10 Minutes is a quick, efficient reference to designing, creating, and publishing on the World Wide Web and on intranets with the leading tool on the market. Only the most important and most frequently used features of FrontPage are covered - from the fill-in-the blanks, template-driven tools, to all the steps necessary to design, create, and publish a page from scratch on the World Wide Web and intranets using FrontPage.
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Galen Grimes has been working with computers since 1980 and has written more than six Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes books, including a guide to the Internet and World Wide Web. He has a Master's Degree in Info. Science from the U. of Pittsburgh and is currently a computer systems project manager at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh.
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Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2000 in 10 Minutes
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GETTING FAMILIAR WITH THE FRONTPAGE EDITOR
In this lesson, you begin learning the basic operation of the FrontPageeditor.
TheFrontPage editor is probably the most used portion of the entire application.For this reason, you will spend a lot of time learning about it.
Figure 3.1 shows the basic user interface that you see when working in FrontPage.
On the left edge of the screen is the Views Bar. This bar allows you toquickly change not only different views of your Web page but also differentfunctions, such as the Navigation view for creating navigation bars and theTasks view for adding tasks to your Web. Don't worry about these now. You willlearn about these functions in later lessons.
FIGURE 3.1 The basic user interface inFrontPage.
Because you will be spending most of your time using the FrontPage editor,you might find it convenient to remove the Views Bar to allow more room foryour pages to display. To hide the Views Bar
1. Select the View menu.
2. Remove the check mark in front of the Views Bar selection (see Figure3.2), and the Views Bar disappears.
FIGURE3.2 Removing the Views Bar from the main FrontPageinterface.
Notice that even with the Views Bar hidden, you can still access the otherviews of your Web from the View menu.
Most of the commonly used functions in FrontPage can be accessed from one ofthe nine standard toolbars. By default the Standard and Formatting toolbars aredisplayed. But, depending on which functions you tend to use most often, youmay want to add additional toolbars to your main interface. Figure 3.3 showsthe Standard and Formatting toolbars displayed, and Figure 3.4 shows all ninetoolbars displayed.
FIGURE 3.3 FrontPage's main interface with just theStandard and Formatting toolbars displayed.
FIGURE 3.4 FrontPage's main interface with all ninetoolbars displayed.
Asmentioned previously, when you create a series of pages for a Web site,FrontPage allows you to group them together as a unit called a Web. While youcan still use FrontPage to create and edit individual pages without creating aWeb, you are highly encouraged to create a Web to tie your pages together intoa cohesive unit for the following reasons:
FrontPage has several built-in functions to check the validity of yourpages and their links.
FrontPage is designed to allow you to publish your Web to a Web serveras a single unit.
When you create a Web, you can use FrontPage's automatic Navigation toolto create navigation bars for your Web, making it easier for viewers to findtheir way through your site.
Keeping your pages in a Web will allows you to use FrontPage's built-inFolders function t o organize your files.
Keeping your pages in a Web allows you to use the FrontPage Reportsfunction to easily check the status of your Web.
Eachtime you create a new Web, FrontPage creates a new folder using the name of theWeb as the name of the folder. Then, any files you create and add to your Webare stored in this folder or subfolders that are created as they are needed.
If this sounds a bit confusing now, don't worry. By the time you completethis lesson this will be a lot clearer.
Create your first Web and you will see. To create a Web
1. From the File menu, select New, Web to open the New Web dialog box(see Figure 3.5).
FIGURE 3.5 The New dialogbox used to create new Webs.
2. Select the type of Web you want to create from the choice of Webtemplates. Until you learn more about Web templates in Lesson 4, "GettingStarted Using FrontPage Templates," go ahead and select One Page Web.
3. Select the location of the Web folder and a name for your Web.
4. Select OK. If the folder doesn't exist you will be prompted to createthe folder. Select Yes to create the folder and Web. In a few seconds, your Weband its corresponding folder are created (see Figure3.6).
FIGURE 3.6 FrontPage displaying yournewly created Web.
You'velearned how to create your Web, now you need to learn how to create pages inyour Web. A Web can contain any number of pages.
To add a new page to your Web, do the following:
1. From the File menu, select New, Page to open the New page dialog box(see Figure 3.7).
FIGURE 3.7 FrontPage's Newdialog box for creating new pages.
2. The New page dialog box displays the various Web page templatesavailable in FrontPage. You learn about using templates in Lesson 4, "GettingStarted Using FrontPage Templates." For now, just select Normal Page and selectOK. In a few seconds your new blank page appears.
When youcreate new pages, they will have the default filenames newpage1.htm,newpage2.htm, and so on. You should save your pages with different, moredescriptive filenames to make them easier to identify.
In this lesson, you learned a few things about FrontPage basics, how tocreate Webs, and how to add pages to your Web. In the next lesson, you learnabout using Web and page templates.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to FrontPage 2000.
Understanding FrontPage 2000, Webs, and HTML Files. FrontPage as HTML Editor, Site Management Tool, and Publisher.
2. Installing FrontPage 2000 and Web Site Basics.
Installing FrontPage 2000 on Your PC. Running FrontPage for the First Time.
3. Getting Familiar with the FrontPage Editor.
FrontPage Basics. How to Create a Web. How to Create an HTML File.
4. Getting Started Using FrontPage Templates.
What Are Templates? Types of Templates Available with FrontPage.
5. Working with Text.
Text Basics. Adding Color and Attributes. Font Styles and Effects.
6. Working with Tables.
Understanding Tables. Creating Tables.
7. Doing More with Tables.
Manipulating the Cells in a Table.
8. Creating Lists.
Types of Lists You Can Create. Creating Your Lists.
9. Working with Graphics and Images.
Graphics and Images Basics. Adding Images with FrontPage.
10. Controlling Images in FrontPage 2000.
Positioning Your Graphics with FrontPage. Creating Thumbnails. Creating Backgrounds.
11. Using PhotoDraw.
PhotoDraw Basics. Editing Images with PhotoDraw. Adding Text with PhotoDraw.
12. Using Image Composer.
Image Composer Basics. Creating Text with Image Composer. Advanced Text Effects.
13. Using the GIF Animator.
What Are Animated GIFs? How to Create Animated GIFs.
14. Creating Links.
How Links Work. Different Types of Links.
15. Creating Imagemaps.
Understanding Imagemaps. Creating Imagemaps with FrontPage. Previewing Your Imagemap.
16. Working with Frames.
Understanding Frames. Should You Use Frames? Creating Frames Using FrontPage Templates.
17. Publishing and Administering Your Work.
Preparing to Publish Your Web. Uploading Your Web to a Server. Tending to Administration Duties on Your Site.
18. Adding Multimedia and Animation to Your Site.
Defining Multimedia. Adding Sound to Your Pages. Adding Video Clips to Your Pages.
19. Using the FrontPage Active Elements.
Understanding FrontPage Active Elements. Creating Hover Buttons. Creating Marquees. Hit Counters.
20. Working with Style Sheets.
Understanding Style Sheets. Applying Themes to Your Web. Modifying a FrontPage Theme.
21. Using Forms.
Understanding Forms. Form Elements. Creating Interactive Forms. Processing Forms with FrontPage. @CHAPTER 22. Using FrontPage for Your Own Web Site.
Deciding What Type of Site You Want to Create. Planning Your Site. Getting Started with Your Site. Adding Additional Pages and Details. Publishing Your Site.