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In this introduction

How to Use This Book

How This Book Is Organized

Special Features in the Book

Special Edition Using Microsoft FrontPage 2002 focuses squarely on the FrontPage 2002 software package, and all the material is oriented around that focus. This is 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 wondering whether you should buy it. This is not a general book about building Web sites; it's about building Web sites with FrontPage 2002 and with any extra software that ships with FrontPage 2002. In your case, that extra software might very well include all of Microsoft Office XP; if so, you should know that this book devotes an entire section to how FrontPage 2002 works in conjunction with Office XP.

Why are we telling you this? Because this book runs over 800 pages in length, and you deserve to know not only what those 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 buying 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 be sure you got your information from the best source. The fact is, very few people are experts at all of FrontPage's features, because very few people use all of them extensively. Instead, we tend to focus on specific features and work with them to the point of expertise. Some FrontPage experts specialize in the web authoring features, others in the web management features, still others in the integration of FrontPage and the larger Office suite. All the authors in this book have used all of FrontPage 2002, but over the many editions of this book, we've each maintained our individual focus so that we can provide our readers with the strongest discussions possible.

FrontPage 2002 is a powerful but easy-to-use software 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 2002's authoring features to create and develop your Web sites with the maximum of efficiency and the minimum of difficulty.

  • Show you how to use FrontPage 2002's management features to configure and maintain your Web sites so that that they will be always up-to-date and always fully accessible to your Web visitors.

  • Demonstrate precisely how FrontPage 2002 works in conjunction with the applications in Microsoft Office XP, of which FrontPage 2002 is a part.

  • 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 fairly knowledgeable about what's involved in putting up a web site. If so, you may want to skim the first chapters and concentrate on the sections that deal with FrontPage's Page view (to which Part II, "Designing Web Pages," is devoted), 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 great deal 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 2002 handles web creation and management will help you when you turn to creating pages with the Page view.

If you're an experienced Webmaster, browse Parts I, II, and III to learn how to use FrontPage 2002 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 2002's advanced features and the integration with other Office XP applications. Also go through the ways in which FrontPage 2002 works with the most popular web server software.

How This Book Is Organized

Special Edition Using Microsoft FrontPage 2002 covers all the features and functions of this integrated Web design environment. It has eight major parts, each of which is summarized briefly here.

First we introduce you to the FrontPage 2002 package as a whole (Part I), then immediately dive headlong into the powerful WYSIWYG authoring environment known as Page view (Part II). Here you'll discover the vast majority of FrontPage's design tools and special design features, including time-saving features as web components and page templates.

With the majority of the authoring issues taken care of, the book then shifts to web site creation, management, and publishing (Part III). Included here are chapters on the powerful wizards and templates included in FrontPage 2002, and chapters on configuring and managing your sites. We end this section with the most important issue surrounding all Web sites: publishing them for public use.

The fourth major section of the book returns to page design issues, this time focusing on dynamic content and scripting, including FrontPage's features for including Dynamic HTML components. Chapters on JavaScript, Java applets, and other advanced features help round out Part IV.

After that, it's time to look at two increasingly important issues surrounding FrontPage: collaborative authoring environments (Part V), and integration with the entire Office XP suite (Part VI). These issues are linked in many ways, but separate enough to warrant distinct coverage and significant enough to demand more and more coverage with each new version of FrontPage. FrontPage is no longer primarily a standalone product (although it still works perfectly well that way); it is an integral part of the much larger Web design environment that Microsoft Office has become.

The book concludes with a section covering FrontPage 2002 in the context of the most popular web servers (Part VII), and with a detailed discussion of the creation and deployment of graphics for the Web (Part VIII). In addition, on this book's web site (go to http://www.quepublishing.com), you can find a further section dealing with database creation and management with FrontPage 2002.

Part I: Introducing Microsoft FrontPage 2002

Chapter 1, "What's New? What's Cool? What's It All About?," introduces the software and explains what's new in version 2002.

Chapter 2, "The FrontPage 2002 Environment," outlines each part of the FrontPage 2002 package in greater detail and orients you to its basic and advanced capabilities.

Part II: Designing Web Pages

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

Chapter 4, "Developing 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, "Giving Your Web a Theme," outlines FrontPage's themes feature—an important unifying system when developing individual pages and full web sites.

Chapter 7, "Creating Pages with FrontPage Templates," demonstrates the immense usefulness of FrontPage 2002's page templates as a means of developing your site.

Chapter 8, "Using Components, Shared Borders, and Link 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 9, "Creating Tables," explores FrontPage 2002's easy-to-use but sophisticated system for creating and editing one of the Webmaster's most important tools—HTML tables.

Chapter 10, "Enhancing Web Sites with 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 11, "Using 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 2002's sophisticated means of handling them.

Part III: Web Creation and Management

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

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

Chapter 14, "Working with an Existing Web," deals with FrontPage's different web views, along with the features offered by its menus. This chapter demonstrates how to import existing directories into FrontPage to create a web.

Chapter 15, "Configuring a Web," shows you how to administer a web by setting web parameters, permissions, passwords, and proxy servers and by configuring editors.

Chapter 16, "Administering 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 2002's advanced maintenance features, such as global spell, global search and replace, and hyperlink updating.

Chapter 17, "Publishing a Web to a Web Server with FrontPage Extensions," covers the details surrounding the publication of your web to a server on which FrontPage's server extensions have been installed.

Chapter 18, "Publishing a Web to a Web Hosting Service," examines web hosting services (also called Web Presence Providers) and how FrontPage works in conjunction with them.

Chapter 19, "Publishing a Web to a Server without FrontPage Extensions," examines FrontPage 2002's Publish Web feature in detail and discusses the differences between servers that have the server extensions installed and those that do not.

Part IV: Scripting, Dynamic HTML, and Dynamic Content

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

Chapter 20, "Using FrontPage 2002's Dynamic Style Effects," explores FrontPage's advanced capabilities for layout and design.

Chapter 21, "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 22, "Using Scripts in Your Web Pages," looks at some basic applications in which you might want to include scripts.

Chapter 23, "JavaScript and Client-Side Computing," is a more in-depth look at scripting and covers many of the specifics of the JavaScript language.

Chapter 24, "Using Java Applets, Browser Plug-Ins, and ActiveX Controls," looks at the integration between FrontPage and these important web add-ons and controls.

Part V: Collaboration, Workflow, Task Management

Chapter 25, "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 26, "Collaborating on Pages and Webs," shows FrontPage 2002's specific collaboration features.

Chapter 27, "Collaboration and Office XP," brings Microsoft Office XP into the collaboration picture, demonstrating how it integrates with a FrontPage collaborative environment.

Chapter 28, "Managing Workflow and Tasks," outlines the features in FrontPage 2002 and Office XP that let a team collaborate effectively and efficiently.

Chapter 29, "Developing Team-Based Internet, Intranet, and Extranet Sites," details how to use FrontPage 2002 as a team-based development tool for creating internal and external sites.

Part VI: FrontPage 2002 and Office XP: Working Together

Part VI introduces you to FrontPage 2002's expanded capabilities for including a variety of active content in your web designs.

Chapter 30, "Office XP with FrontPage: What Integration Lets You Do," introduces the deep integration between FrontPage and the applications in Microsoft Office XP.

Chapter 31, "SharePoint Team Services," covers the rich collaboration and management features made possible by the SharePoint server extensions package (formerly known as Office Web Server).

Chapter 32, "Working with the Speech and Handwriting Recognition Interfaces," shows how to command FrontPage 2002 and add content to your web pages using Office XP's speech and handwriting recognition features.

Chapter 33, "Word 2002," explores the web authoring capabilities of Microsoft's word processing package and how those features enhance FrontPage 2002's authoring tools.

Chapter 34, "Access 2002 and Excel 2002," looks at the integration between FrontPage 2002 and these important data management applications.

Chapter 35, "PowerPoint 2002 and Outlook 2002," demonstrates how files and data from these two applications feed into FrontPage 2002's site creation capabilities.

Part VII: FrontPage and Web Servers

Part VII details the intricacies and complexities of working with popular web server software.

Chapter 36, "FrontPage 2002 and the Microsoft Personal Web Server," looks at the details of working with FrontPage 2002 and Microsoft's downloadable server for Windows 95 and 98 machines.

Chapter 37, "FrontPage 2002 and Microsoft's Internet Information Server," examines how to make your FrontPage webs work with IIS's advanced features.

Chapter 38, "Using FrontPage 2002 with Apache," explores how FrontPage functions with the Web's most popular server software—Apache for Linux/UNIX.

Part VIII: Creating and Adapting Graphics for the Web

Chapter 39, "Color Concepts," explores the world of computer color, explaining what you need to know to produce top-notch web graphics.

Chapter 40, "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 41, "Web Graphic Formats," differentiates between the variety of graphic formats available for use on the Web.

Chapter 42, "Creating Professional Web Graphics," lets you discover how to produce the great graphics you see on so many other sites.

Chapter 43, "Designing Specialty Graphics," looks at graphics that go beyond the norm and attract even greater attention to your site.

Chapter 44, "Web Graphic Tools," looks at tools for creating and editing graphics in the FrontPage environment.

And on the Web Site:

Part IX: Databases and FrontPage 2002

Part IX gives you the details behind building database connectivity into your web sites, beyond the capabilities of FrontPage 2002 itself.

"Using Databases with FrontPage 2002" examines the basic but powerful features of database connectivity in FrontPage.

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

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

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.


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 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.

▸ For full details about outsourcing your web serving needs, see "Publishing a Web to a Web Hosting Service,"

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.

Design 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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