Designing a Web Page

Web pages are documents that contain special formatting codes known as HTML, or HyperText Markup Language. These formatting codes have been optimized for speedy transmission over the Internet and for displaying information attractively in Web browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. In the past, only special-purpose application programs such as Microsoft FrontPage allowed you to create HTML documents for the Web, but now you can create Web pages using each of the applications in the Microsoft Office 2000 software suite. The program you choose depends on the features you want to provide and the type of Web site you are constructing.

Naturally, the most effective Excel Web pages will use Excel's rich worksheet formatting, calculation, and data analysis capabilities. We recommend that you build Excel Web pages when you need to distribute the following types of information:

  • Electronic invoices and order forms, such as an invoice for a new car or a price sheet for a furniture store
  • Database analysis tools, such as summary reporting and pivot tables for a corporate database
  • Tables of image collections, such as employee photographs, company clip art, and links to other Web sites
  • Statistics and demographic information presented in tables, such as government population statistics, traffic patterns, or water usage
  • Testing and survey information presented in worksheets, such as online practice tests, government surveys, or customer satisfaction questionnaires
  • Excel charts that present important facts and figures graphically, such as revenue reports and cost comparisons
Creating an Excel Web page is no different than building a regular worksheet from scratch. You enter information in rows and columns, edit the data, and use formulas and formatting commands as you normally would. However, do take care to use fonts and colors in a way that is aesthetically compatible with the other documents on your home page, and use hyperlinks when necessary to connect your Excel Web page to other Internet sites. And be sure to preview your documents carefully, to verify that the HTML file conversion created a Web page that matches your expectations.

In addition, be aware that some of the more advanced features in your Excel worksheet might not be available to your users when the document is published on the Web. Because the Excel application itself will not be available on the Web site (but just the HTML file you create), add-in programs such as the Solver will be unavailable to your users, and some of the more advanced features such as tracking changes, comments, macros, and forms will be disabled. However, if you're planning to view the Excel Web page using Internet Explorer 4.0 or later, you can use Office 2000 Web Components to interactively work with formulas, filters, pivot tables, charts, and worksheet formatting commands. (You'll learn more about these options later in this chapter.)

Static Pages vs. Interactive Pages

Fundamentally, you have two options when presenting Excel Web pages: you can display a static, noninteractive Excel worksheet (in other words, a snapshot of your worksheet that can't be modified), or you can display a working, interactive worksheet that users can modify directly in Internet Explorer. The option you select will depend on the purpose of your Web site and your particular design goals. Static Web pages are best for showing purchase orders, sales data, and other tabular information that should be viewed but not modified. Interactive Web pages are best for calculation and analysis tools that invite Internet users to experiment with their own facts and figures. (For example, a mortgage calculator that prompts users for their own loan information.)

You can also share and discuss Excel workbooks with other users on the Web using an Internet connectivity feature known as Online Collaboration. For more information about this feature, see "Sharing Documents in a Workgroup"

Running Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business
Running Microsoft Office 2000
ISBN: 1572319585
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
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