Introduction to FrontPage 2003

FrontPage 2003 is a program that graphically enables you to edit Web pages. Behind all Web pages is HTML , Hypertext Markup Language . HTML is a language that contains commands to format the text, graphics, video, sound, and applets that you place on your Web page. Listing Web 1.1 shows a partial HTML listing of a Web page. As you can see, the HTML language can be cryptic.

Listing Web 1.1 HTML Commands Can Be Difficult to Decipher
 <HTML> <HEAD>  <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html" />  <TITLE>Microsoft Corporation</TITLE>  <META http-equiv="PICS-Label" content="(PICS-1.1 &quot;; l gen true r   (n 0 s 0 v 0 l 0))" /> <META NAME="KEYWORDS" CONTENT="products; headlines;   downloads; news; Web site; what's new; solutions;   services; software; contests; corporate news;" /> <META NAME="DESCRIPTION" CONTENT="The entry page to  Microsoft's Web site. Find software, solutions, answers,  support, and Microsoft news." /> <META NAME="CATEGORY" CONTENT="home page" /> <STYLE TYPE="text/css">     A:link {color:#003399}     A:visited {color:#800080}     A:hover {color:#FF3300}     TD {font-family: Verdana,Arial; font-size: xx-small;} </STYLE> <xml id="hpflyout"> <menu site="microsoft" subsite="Homepage"> </BODY> </HTML>      'A.nodec:visited {color:#000000;text-decoration: 

When you view a Web page, the computer serving the Web page to you sends you only the HTML commands, and your Web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, interprets the HTML codes and builds a Web page on your screen. The browser knows where to place, size, and format all the graphics, text, hyperlinks , and other elements such as buttons from the HTML code.

So an HTML page comes to your browser; your browser interprets the HTML formatting commands and displays the resulting Web page in a format useful for the person viewing the page. Figure Web 1.1 shows the resulting Web page from the full set of HTML commands contained in Listing Web 1.1, the home page of Microsoft. In other words, the figure is the result of the strange HTML language shown in Listing Web 1.1 (and Listing Web 1.1 shows only a part of the long HTML code that's home page contains). The Web page, once your browser formats it by obeying the HTML codes, is easy to read and work with. The HTML is for the browser to interpret, not for the person viewing the Web page.

Figure Web 1.1. Once your browser interprets all the HTML commands, the resulting Web page looks nice.


Before Web-page editors such as FrontPage, you'd have to master the HTML language before you could create or edit a Web page. Fortunately, FrontPage and other programs like it enable you to bypass HTML by putting a buffer between you and the underlying HTML code. If you want to draw a line or place a graphic image in a particular location on the Web page you're designing, you'll be able to drag that item onto the page with your mouse and with a little help from FrontPage.

To Do: Work in FrontPage

To start FrontPage 2003 and familiarize yourself with its interface, perform these steps:

  1. Select the Start menu's Programs, Microsoft FrontPage menu option. FrontPage loads and displays a blank editing area.

  2. Select File, Open, and a dialog box appears that enables you to select a file from your disk or from the Internet.

  3. Type in the text box to inform FrontPage that you want to edit that site's Web page.

  4. Click OK and FrontPage loads the Web page from the Internet. After a brief pause, depending on the speed of your Internet access, you'll see the Web page inside FrontPage's editing area, as shown in Figure Web 1.2. The four tabs at the bottom of the screen labeled Design , Split , Code , and Preview , show four different views of the Web page. The Web page appears similar to the way it looks in your browser to simplify editing. Use the scrollbars to see more of the Web page if you need to adjust the display.

    Figure Web 1.2. FrontPage 2003 works graphically with Web page content.


  5. You can select File, Exit to close the Web page and leave FrontPage for now.

FrontPage enables you to edit Web pages located on your own PC or on the Web. The pages you view or edit don't have to reside on your PC as you saw here, but you can modify a Web site in place on the Internet. And unlike previous versions of FrontPage, with FrontPage 2003 you can work very easily with HTML and sophisticated features with advanced Web-page elements such as frames , tables, and imagemaps, all of which you'll learn more about as you master Web-page development.


FrontPage 2003 does not actually edit Web pages in place; the changes you make can reside only on your own PC unless you have server access to the Web page you change. For example, if you make changes to the Web page you loaded, those changes will not take place on the actual site. You must save your changes back to the Web page's server before the actual Web page is changed for all others to see. You will not have permission to change the home page by saving it back to the server, but using works well as an example here.

Preparing for Web-Page Publishing

Before you can publish pages on the Web, you must have access to a W eb server . Perhaps your company uses a Web server for its site; if so, you can store your Web pages on that computer. If you have access to an online service, such as America Online, it might offer an area for one or more Web pages that you can copy to the online site's Web server. Many Internet service providers offer free but limited storage for their customers' Web pages.

If you want to publish a personal Web page for fun, you will enjoy telling the world your stories and sharing your family photos with others. If, however, you want to start a business on the Internet, or offer timely information that you want others to visit often, you need to be aware that Web-page maintenance is time-consuming . You don't just create a Web page, load the page on the Web, and expect to keep people's interest if you don't keep the material up-to-date. Use FrontPage's tools to maintain your Web pages and keep the viewers ' interest.


FrontPage 2003 supports both the Internet and intranets . Intranets are networked computers that use Internet protocol, such as Web page technology, to communicate. Therefore, if your company maintains an intranet, you are able to create, edit, and save Web pages to that intranet as easily (and sometimes more easily) than on the Internet.

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours
ISBN: 0672325535
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 272
Authors: Greg Perry © 2008-2017.
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