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Part V: Appendix > Setting Web Browser Compatibility

Setting Web Browser Compatibility

If every Web browser rendered HTML the same way, creating Web pages would be so simple. In that perfect world, you wouldn’t need to remember how different HTML tags look in Internet Explorer vs. Netscape Navigator or which tags work in old or new browsers. Until that day comes, FrontPage offers a decent compromise. You decide which browsers you want to code for and FrontPage automatically generates the proper HTML. Sure, you still have to decide whether to code for the broadest group of browsers—and forego CSS and DHTML—or use the new tags and risk excluding some folks. But at least you won’t have to worry about which tags work with which browsers.

To set browser compatibility

1.
Choose Tools > Page Options (Figure A.18).

Figure A.18. To set browser compatibility and how FrontPage handles HTMLcode, choose Tools > Page Options.


2.
When the Page Options dialog box appears, click the Compatibility tab (Figure A.19).

Figure A.19. Use the Compatibility tab to set which browsers you want to code for, and FrontPage will automatically generate the proper HTML.


3.
Use the Browsers drop-down menu to choose which Web browsers you’ll be coding for. Your choice will check or uncheck boxes in the Available Technologies section, indicating which technologies you’ll be able to use with that choice.

4.
Use the Browser versions drop-down menu to choose which versions you’ll be coding for. This choice will further narrow the number of checked boxes in the Available Technologies section, indicating which technologies you’ll be able to use with that choice.

5.
By default, the Servers menu is set to Custom. Leave it alone unless you are absolutely sure exactly which server software will be used on your Web server.

6.
Check or uncheck Enabled with Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions. Again, your choice will affect the items turned on or off in the Available Technologies section. For more on FrontPage Server Extensions, see page 385.

7.
Once you’re done making your choices, click OK, and FrontPage will base its HTML code on those choices. If you change your mind, you can change the settings any time, though only pages coded after that point will reflect your changes.


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