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Chapter 17. Publishing a Web to a Web Se... > The FrontPage Server Extensions

The FrontPage Server Extensions

To use FrontPage's most important features, you need to create your Webs on a Web server that has the FrontPage Server Extensions installed. To determine whether the FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions support your server software, check the list on the MS Web site at http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/c-frame.htm#/workshop/languages/fp/default.asp. The new extensions support most, but not all, of the servers supported by the FrontPage 2000 extensions, so be sure to check for support before installing.

How Server Extensions Work

The server extensions provide support for the administration, authoring, and programming/special functions features of FrontPage 2002. Basically, the server extensions communicate with the Web server through either the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) or the Internet Server Application Programming Interface (ISAPI). These are the interface mechanisms by which servers themselves communicate with databases and other non-Web functions (CGI controls many fill-in forms, for instance); the server extensions are designed to use CGI exactly as each specific server demands. CGI passes user-configured variables and environment specifics to the server, and CGI returns the requested information in one file format or another—typically HTML. The FrontPage Server Extensions use this generalized process to communicate with the various servers.


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