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Chapter 19. Web Publishing with FileMake... > Suppressing Built-In Navigation in I...

Suppressing Built-In Navigation in IWP

IWP (Instant Web Publishing) exists to make creating a Web database as easy as possible. To meet this goal, FileMaker makes most of the page-creation decisions for you. If you're in a hurry or have no Web experience at all, this is a blessing. But in version 5.0, you have to make a big leap into HTML and CDML in order to take back even a little control. Version 5.5 provides a comfortable compromise. It allows you to leverage what you already know about FileMaker's internal interactivity and scripting to offer a Web database that looks and acts like a regular FileMaker file. To customize a Web-hosted FileMaker database, you first need to turn off the automatic IWP setup that supplies the default interactive scripts and graphic elements so you can replace them with your own. The cleanest way to accomplish this is by using a startup script that hides the Status Area.

About FM5.5, IWP and Browsers

As was true in version 5.0, FileMaker 5.5's implementation of Instant Web Publishing relies on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). If the people who will use your database don't use a browser that supports CSS, none of the scripts, layouts and other 5.5 goodies will work. Fortunately, most users have a browser that supports CSS; Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 4.0 and above, and Netscape's 5.0 and above do. The AOL browser does not. If you aren't in a position to control users' browser versions, be sure to mention your site's minimum browser requirements prominently on your home page.



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