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Chapter 30. Office XP with FrontPage: Wh... > Design Corner: FrontPage 2002 Standa...

Design Corner: FrontPage 2002 Standalone and Cross-Browser Compatibility

If you bought FrontPage 2002 as a standalone product, obviously the other Office XP applications won't be available to you as design tools. You can, of course, still use earlier versions of Office for this purpose, especially Office 2000. Office XP ups the ante for suite-based Web authoring and solves some of the incompatibility issues caused when Office 2000 saved files in HTML format. It also adds more authoring features to each of the applications, but there's really no reason to rush out and get the XP suite if you don't need it. In fact, if you're collaborating on a site with others, unless everybody on the team is willing to spend money for Office XP, you're better off staying with what you have.

Even if you can count on your entire team working with Office XP, however, be sure to check all Web documents in all popular browsers. In fact, the careful FrontPage-Office XP integration makes this process even more important than ever. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x and Netscape Navigator 4.x, 5.x, and 6.x all display documents somewhat differently, and you have to keep in mind that many Internet users work with the browser provided by America Online (AOL), the Microsoft Network (MSN), or versions of the popular browsers that have been branded (specifically tailored) by their Internet service providers or the manufacturers of their computers (Compaq, for example, brands Internet Explorer). Pages created by Microsoft applications will display most successfully in recently released Microsoft's browsers; especially in the areas of font support and Dynamic HTML (DHTML), they will look significantly different in Netscape Navigator.


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