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Chapter 46. Using FrontPage's Image Trac... > Front and Center: A Few Things to Co...

Front and Center: A Few Things to Consider

The impact and importance of the image tracing tool can't be denied. Being able to develop and manipulate a page design around the images that will be included in the page is a popular feature seen in other Web design products. This is a powerful addition to FrontPage and, like many of the features added in this release, part of the feature set that makes FrontPage 2003 a tool equal in power to the competition. It is great to see it included. There are, however, a few dangers to using the tracing tool and the general approach of making Web pages as you would produce content traditionally printed. (These dangers are true of any Web design product that uses this paradigm for design.)

If you use the tool to produce Web designs that do little more than mimic an artist's rendition of what your site “should look like,” you face a lot of potential problems. The simple fact that your artist designed your site in another graphics program instead of a Web design product shows that he doesn't understand Web design. Why would he develop on another platform if he did? (I'm sure I'll get some email because of that last comment, but I stand by it.)


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