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Chapter 8. Adding and Editing Drawings > Using Vector-based Text Boxes

Using Vector-based Text Boxes

FrontPage’s Drawing toolbar includes a handy, if confusingly named, feature called text boxes. Based on the same VML code that generates other FrontPage drawings, text boxes make it easy to create what are called sidebars. Common in print publishing but often a pain to create on a Web page, sidebars let you run a separate box of type next to—or even floating over—your page’s main text. The great thing about vector-based text boxes is that you can add them after you’ve already created a page. That makes them extremely helpful when creating complex page layouts.

Despite their name, text boxes can also contain graphics. And, if that wasn’t confusing enough, these vector-based text boxes have nothing to do with the short text boxes long used in HTML form pages. Finally, as with all other FrontPage drawings, remember that only version 5 or later browsers can display vector-based text boxes.


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