Introduction


Introduction

Faster Smarter Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 is designed to be a concise, readable guide for FrontPage. This concise guide is the one you ll use if you want to learn FrontPage 2003 quickly and you already know the basics. The book covers everything you need to master FrontPage essentials from forms to themes to wizards to Web site administration. Because the focus is on learning FrontPage faster and smarter, you don t have to wade through hundreds of pages of background information to find what you re looking for. Instead, you find exactly what you need to use FrontPage effectively and to get the job done.

This Book Is For You

While Faster Smarter Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 discusses FrontPage Server Extensions and SharePoint Team Services, the focus of this book is on Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003. You ll find what you need to learn FrontPage quickly and efficiently . The book is designed for:

  • Existing FrontPage users who want to learn the new features

  • Web designers who manage medium- to large-scale Web sites

  • Webmasters who use or support FrontPage-based Web sites

  • Programmers who are writing code for dynamic, data-driven Web sites

  • Hobbyists who want to create FrontPage-based pages and sites

To truly allow you to learn FrontPage 2003 faster and smarter, we had to assume that you already know Internet basics and have basic Web skills. With this in mind, the book doesn t discuss the history of the Internet, the evolution of Web design, or markup language fundamentals. The book doesn t discuss scripting, Java, XML, or other Web technologies either, except with regard to how those technologies are used with FrontPage 2003 to create dynamic, interactive Web sites. We do, however, cover themes, style sheets, tables, layers , frames , forms, database-driven sites, collaboration, and much more.

We also assume that you know a bit about HTML and XML. If you want to learn HTML/XML basics, there are many terrific resources, including Laura Lemay s Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML , and William Stanek s XML Pocket Consultant .



This Book Is Organized For You

Faster Smarter Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 is designed to be the guide you turn to to learn FrontPage features. As such, the book can be a tutorial that you read from cover to cover or a daily training resource that you turn to whenever you have questions about a particular feature. If you are reading this book, you should be aware of the relationship between Faster Smarter books and Inside Out books. Both types of books are designed to be a part of your library. While Faster Smarter books are the easy-to-read, get-it-done tutorial guides, Inside Out books are the comprehensive tutorials and references that cover every aspect of a particular technology from an end user s perspective.

Speed and efficiency are an important part of this tutorial guide. This book is organized according to FrontPage features and tasks that you will perform in conjunction with these features. The book is broken down into both parts and chapters. Each part contains an opening paragraph or two about the chapters contained in that part.

Part 1, Getting Starting with Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003, covers the essential details you need to know to start using FrontPage. In Chapter 1, you learn about FrontPage 2003 s new features. Chapter 2 discusses FrontPage 2003 s redesigned interface. Chapter 3 provides an essential overview of page templates and Web site wizards.

In Part 2, Making Your FrontPage Site Content-Rich, you ll learn everything you need to know to create effective Web pages. Chapter 4 provides the essentials for creating Web pages. The chapter also details how to set page properties, and how to print and preview pages in various browsers. Chapter 5 explores enhancing page design using themes, shared borders, and navigation bars. Chapter 6 discusses how to polish page design with style sheets. You ll learn how to work with in-line, header-defined, and external style sheets.

Chapter 7 covers the specifics of using images in Web pages, providing tips and advice for changing file formats, copying and moving images, adding special effects to images, and much more. Chapter 8 examines techniques for adding background graphics, video, and audio to Web pages. To round out the discussion, Chapter 9 examines HTML tables.

Part 3, Advanced Web Page Techniques, builds on the previous discussion. Chapter 10 details what you need to know to edit HTML and XML markup. Chapter 11 examines advanced layout with tables and layers . Chapter 12 discusses techniques for using HTML frames with a focus on effectively using frames and designing frames -based interfaces that work.

Part 4, Making Your Web Site Interactive, is where we dig into FrontPage 2003 s extensive goodies bag. In Chapter 13, you ll learn about the many FrontPage components that help you create dynamic, interactive Web sites. The chapter discusses everything from the supported DHTML effects, to included content, to bCentral Web extras. Chapter 14 examines HTML forms, detailing how to effectively use various form elements. Chapter 15 extends this discussion and focuses on additional elements for forms, including labels and keyboard shortcuts. The chapter also discusses validation of form fields, custom scripts, and search forms. Chapter 16 completes the discussion with a look at making a site database-driven.

In Part 5, Administering and Updating Your Web Site, you ll learn about FrontPage administration, collaboration, and maintenance. Chapter 17 focuses on publishing your site. Chapter 18 discusses collaboration and SharePoint Team Services. Chapter 19 examines site administration. Chapter 20 explains how to customize FrontPage and how to detect and repair problems.