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How to Use This Book

How This Book Is Organized

Special Features in the Book

We'll cut this introduction short, not because we couldn't write dozens of pages about our own book, but because you're eager to get to the point of it all: the FrontPage 2000 software itself. More particularly, we want to get to creating, updating, and maintaining Web sites.

Special Edition Using Microsoft FrontPage 2000 is devoted to the FrontPage 2000 software package. That might seem incredibly obvious, but it's an important point to keep in mind as you work your way through the book (or, indeed, if you're browsing this book on the shelves and wondering whether you should buy it). This is not a general book about building Web sites; it's about building Web sites with FrontPage 2000 and with any extra software that ships with FrontPage 2000. In your case, that extra software might very well include all of Microsoft Office 2000; if so, you should know that this book covers how FrontPage 2000 works in conjunction with Office 2000. In other words, Special Edition Using Microsoft FrontPage 2000 focuses squarely on the rich and powerful product you have purchased, with all discussions oriented around that product.

Why are we telling you this? Because this book runs well over a thousand pages, and you deserve to know not only what those thousand pages consist of, but what you'll get out of them. You also deserve to know what the book does not do. It's easy when examining a book of this type to be a bit overwhelmed by the size and elaborate table of contents, which in turn makes it easy to assume that the book will do something it was never designed to do. It's also easy to assume that the book does not do something that in fact it does. We want you to know precisely what you'll get in this book, so that you can make an informed purchase decision.

If you've already bought the book, thank you very much; we will do everything we can to help you get the most out of it. That's why this book has several authors, not just one—we wanted to make sure you got your information from the best source. It's also why we've put up a Web site as an ongoing reference. To access that site, go to the Macmillan Computer Books site at http://www.mcp.com and look for the link to Special Edition Using Microsoft FrontPage 2000. You'll find a number of resources, including frequently asked questions and links to third-party software. Visit often and enjoy much.

FrontPage 2000 is a powerful but surprisingly easy-to-use package. We hope you find the same to be true of this book. Thanks for joining us.

How to Use This Book

This book has four purposes:

  • Make it easy for you to use FrontPage Explorer to create, maintain, and develop your Web site with the maximum of efficiency and the minimum of difficulty.

  • Show you how to use FrontPage Editor to design, create, and maintain Web pages that people will both enjoy and find useful.

  • Give you the technical elements of Web design beyond FrontPage 2000, including the coding and details necessary for HTML, Java, scripting, and database integration.

  • Help you understand the technicalities of the World Wide Web and the Internet, as well as how you can best design your site to take advantage of the technology as it is now, and as it will become.

Given this, what's the best way for you to approach the book?

You may already be knowledgeable about Web site design and construction. If so, you may want to skim the first chapters and concentrate on the sections that deal with FrontPage's Page view, since that's the tool you'll likely spend most of your time using. Later, when you're using FrontPage in earnest, you'll find that the other views (covered in detail in Part III, "Web Creation and Management") have many features that will make your life as a Webmaster a lot easier. If you're new to site setup but know a lot about HTML, reverse the preceding process and work on site creation and management issues first. Knowing how FrontPage handles web construction will help you when you turn to creating pages with FrontPage Editor.

If you're an experienced Webmaster, browse Parts I, II, and V to learn how to use FrontPage 2000 and how it can make your job easier. Use the Table of Contents to identify areas of immediate interest to you. Be sure to check out FrontPage 2000's advanced features, as well as the chapters devoted to technical coding and the appendixes, which you can keep beside you as you design your site.

Eventually, you'll want to delve into all of the material on FrontPage Editor, FrontPage Explorer, and the Personal Web Server. Together they provide a seamless, powerful environment that can handle all but the most exotic of your site construction needs.

How This Book Is Organized

Special Edition Using Microsoft FrontPage 2000 covers all the features and functions of the integrated environment. It has 11 major parts, each of which is summarized briefly here.

The organizing principle is to introduce you to the FrontPage suite and then to demonstrate the features of the WYSIWYG Page view. After that, chapters cover Web elements specific to the two major browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. You are then introduced to the powerful new Image Composer software included with the FrontPage 2000 Bonus Pack. An entire section is given over to the details of providing active content in your sites, such as Java, ActiveX, scripting, database integration, and VRML.

With all the Web coding issues taken care of, the book shifts to Web site management and creation. Included here is a major section on all the FrontPage Explorer features, the powerful heart of the FrontPage 2000 package, including wizards and templates, Web management and security, and FrontPage's capabilities for building and maintaining intranets.

The next two parts cover FrontPage 2000's integration with Microsoft Office 2000. The book details methods of integration with databases, an increasingly important component of advanced Web design.

Part I: Introducing FrontPage 2000

Chapter 1, "Welcome to FrontPage 2000," introduces the software, explains what's new in version 2000, and offers a history of the product.

Chapter 2, "The FrontPage Environment," outlines each part of the FrontPage 2000 package in greater detail and orients you to its basic and advanced capabilities.

Part II: Designing Documents: Working from the Page View

Chapter 3, "The Page View: Windows, Icons, and Menus," details FrontPage 2000's authoring interface and work space.

Chapter 4, "Developing the Basic Page: Text, Lists, and Hyperlinks," gives you the basics of good page design, the fundamentals of HTML structure, and three fundamental elements of a Web page—text, lists, and hyperlinks.

Chapter 5, "Enhancing Pages with Graphics and Multimedia," offers detailed instruction on images and image layout, colors and backgrounds, graphical hyperlinks, and imagemaps.

Chapter 6, "Working with Themes," outlines FrontPage's themes feature, an important unifying system when developing individual pages and full Web sites.

Chapter 7, "Using Active Elements, Shared Borders, and Navigation Bars," explains the ins and outs of some of FrontPage's authoring elements that can make the most difference in the appearance and functioning of your site.

Chapter 8, "Creating Tables," explores FrontPage 2000's easy-to-use but sophisticated system for creating and editing one of the Webmaster's most important tools—HTML tables.

Chapter 9, "Enhancing Web Sites with FrontPage Frames," teaches you about designing for a framed site, about using frames with links and images, and how to create framed environments with FrontPage's frame templates.

Chapter 10, "Creating Pages with FrontPage Templates," steps you through FrontPage's supplied templates, which speed the creation of pages such as bibliographies, glossaries, directories, and publicity instruments (press releases, for instance).

Chapter 11, "Using Components, Forms, and Interactive Page Templates," covers the numerous automating components in FrontPage, as well as creating and implementing forms. It also details how to work with the FrontPage templates that help you make your pages interactive.

Chapter 12, "Using Style Sheets with Individual Pages and Full Sites," helps you work with the increasingly important design feature called cascading style sheets and FrontPage 2000's sophisticated means of handling them.

Part III: Web Creation and Management

Part III examines the features of FrontPage that let you create, maintain, and manage entire sites.

Chapter 13, "Creating a Web," covers Web creation in detail and introduces the FrontPage wizards that help you set up specialized types of webs.

Chapter 14, "FrontPage's Web Templates and Wizards," steps you through using wizards and templates to set up normal and empty webs and to create the more complex discussion webs, customer support webs, project webs, and personal webs.

Chapter 15, "Working with an Existing Web," deals with FrontPage Explorer's different views of a web, along with the features offered by its menus. This chapter demonstrates how to import existing directories into FrontPage to create a web.

Chapter 16, "Publishing a Web," takes you through the steps required to move a web from your hard drive to a remote Web server.

Chapter 17, "Configuring Webs," shows you how to administer a web by setting web parameters, permissions, passwords, and proxy servers and by configuring editors.

Chapter 18, "Managing a Web," covers managing hardware, software, and people and using the to-do list to keep your site maintenance up to date. This chapter demonstrates how to use FrontPage 2000's advanced maintenance features such as global spell, global search and replace, and hyperlink updating.

Part IV: Collaboration, Workflow, Task Management

Chapter 19, "Establishing a Collaborative Authoring Environment," looks at the managerial and technical side of setting up an environment in which people can effectively collaborate on FrontPage webs and documents.

Chapter 20, "Collaborating on Pages and Webs," shows FrontPage 2000's specific collaboration features.

Chapter 21, "Collaboration and Office 2000," brings Microsoft Office 2000 into the collaboration picture, demonstrating how it integrates with a FrontPage collaborative environment.

Chapter 22, "Managing Workflow and Tasks," outlines the features in FrontPage 2000 and Office 2000 that let a team collaborate effectively and efficiently.

Chapter 23, "Developing Team-Based Internet, Intranet, and Extranet Sites," details how to use FrontPage 2000 as a team-based development tool for creating internal and external sites.

Part V: Scripting, Dynamic HTML, and Dynamic Content

Part V introduces you to FrontPage 2000's expanded capabilities for including a variety of active content in your web designs.

Chapter 24, "Using FrontPage's Dynamic Styles and Effects," explores FrontPage's advanced capabilities for layout and design.

Chapter 25, "Making Your Pages and Webs More Dynamic," shows you how to take existing content—or create new content—and make it change with the users' actions and your own demands.

Chapter 26, "Using Scripts in Your Web Page," looks at some basic applications in which you might want to include scripts.

Chapter 27, "JavaScript and Client-Side Computing," is a more in-depth look at scripting and covers many of the specifics of the JavaScript language.

Chapter 28, "Using Java Applets, Browser Plug-Ins, and ActiveX Controls," looks at the integration between FrontPage and these important web add-ons and controls.

Part VI: Creating and Adapting Graphics for the Web

Chapter 29, "Color Concepts," explores the world of computer color, explaining what you need to know to produce top-notch Web graphics.

Chapter 30, "About the Computer Screen," details what you need to know about the workings of the screen itself in order to maximize your graphics' appearance.

Chapter 31, "Web Graphic Formats," differentiates between the variety of graphic formats available for use on the Web.

Chapter 32, "Creating Professional Web Graphics," lets you discover how to produce the great graphics you see on so many other sites.

Chapter 33, "Designing Specialty Graphics," looks at graphics that go beyond the norm and attract even greater attention to your site.

Chapter 34, "Web Graphic Tools," looks at tools for creating and editing graphics in the FrontPage environment.

Part VII: Web Servers and Web Hosting

Chapter 35, "Introduction to Web Hosting and Web Servers," examines the details of serving webs from your own computer, from a remote, and from a rented server.

Chapter 36, "Using a Web Hosting Service," introduces you to commercial web hosting services and explains what to look for when considering subscribing.

Chapter 37, "FrontPage 2000 and the Microsoft Personal Web Server," looks at the details of working with FrontPage 2000 and Microsoft's downloadable server for Windows 95 and 98 machines.

Chapter 38, "FrontPage 2000 and Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS)," examines how to make your FrontPage webs work with IIS's advanced features.

Part VIII: Accessing Database Data with FrontPage

Part VIII gives you the details behind building database connectivity into your Web sites, beyond the capabilities of FrontPage 2000 itself.

Chapter 39, "Using Databases with FrontPage 2000," examines the basic but powerful features of database connectivity in FrontPage.

Chapter 40, "Advanced Database Techniques," offers an extensive array of solutions for incorporating databases into your FrontPage webs.

Chapter 41, "Database Development with ASP," shows you how to develop advanced databases using Microsoft's Advanced Server Pages technology.

Part IX: Integrating FrontPage 2000 and Microsoft Office

Part IX provides an examination of the increasing degree of integration between FrontPage 2000 and Microsoft Office 2000.

Chapter 42, "FrontPage 2000 and Office 2000," shows how these two packages work together in a number of important ways and why FrontPage is now fully a part of the Office environment.

Part X: Extending FrontPage 2000 with VBA

Chapter 43, "Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic for Applications," demonstrates the ins and outs of Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications.

Chapter 44, "Managing Webs with VBA," takes VBA directly into the FrontPage environment from the standpoint of the full array of web management.

Chapter 45, "Accessing Documents," explores the role of VBA in bringing external documents into your FrontPage webs.

Chapter 46, "Using Events in FrontPage 2000," takes you into events programming through VBA and incorporating these events into FrontPage.

Chapter 47, "Cross-Application Programming," demonstrates how to work with VBA in developing routines across multiple applications.


The appendixes offer references for coding HTML documents and their components.

Appendix A, "FrontPage 2000 Resources on the Web"

Appendix B, "FrontPage 2000 and Office 97"

Special Features in the Book

Que has a long track record of providing the most comprehensive resource books for users and developers of computer hardware and software. This volume includes many features to make your learning faster, easier, and more efficient.


These help you use the software more effectively or maneuver around problems or limitations.

Tip #1001

To avoid typing a long URL, you can use Edit, Copy. Copy the URL from your browser's Location box and then paste it where you need it by pressing Ctrl+V.


Notes provide information that is generally useful but not specifically needed for what you're doing at the moment. Some are like extended tips.


FrontPage Editor makes it convenient to move among pages. It keeps a history list of the pages you've displayed, and you can choose Tools, Forward or Tools, Back to get around.


These tell you to beware of a dangerous act or situation. In some cases, ignoring a Caution could cause you very significant problems, so pay attention to them!


You can't change the Quality setting after you've changed it and then saved the image—even if you delete the image and reinsert it from the saved page. Keep a backup if you're experimenting!


Even the best-designed software has dark corners you'd rather not find yourself in. Troubleshooting information gives you a flashlight to dispel the darkness, in the form of advice about how to solve a problem or avoid it in the first place.

Cross References

In a package as tightly integrated as FrontPage, many operations are related to features that appear elsewhere in the book. Book cross references, such as the one accompanying this paragraph, direct you to the related material.

See "Wizards, What They Are and How They Work," for more information about using wizards.

Shortcut Key Combinations

Shortcut key combinations in this book are shown as the key names joined with plus signs (+). For example, Ctrl+N indicates that you should press the N key while holding down the Ctrl key. This combination opens a new page in FrontPage Editor.

Menu Commands

You'll see instructions such as this everywhere in this book:

Choose Edit, Bookmark.

This means that you should open the Edit menu and select Bookmark. This particular example opens the Bookmark dialog box.

Instructions such as "Mark the Set Color check box" mean that you can either click in the check box to select it or press the C key, which does the same thing.

Designers Corner

Most of the chapters throughout the book end with a special section that provides information about the chapter's topic. This includes expert solutions to popular problems, insightful advice on effective uses of features, and general information that will help you get the most out of FrontPage.

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