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Chapter 14. Scripting and DHTML

In this chapter

  • Taking your Web development in a whole new direction with scripts and DHTML

  • Using FrontPage's script-editing features for inserting client-side scripts

  • Making quick and easy rollover buttons using FrontPage interactive buttons—and understanding how they work their magic so that you can create your own

  • Using behaviors to liven up a page

When the World Wide Web first came on the scene, the primitive browsers that were used to surf the Net weren't capable of doing much. They simply displayed boring, static HTML documents. That all changed, however, when Netscape and, later, Microsoft added support for running small programs (called scripts) directly into their browsers. Suddenly, it was possible to do much more than just display pages that did nothing but wait for you to click on something. With scripts, browsers could dynamically generate HTML code right in the browser as the page was loading, or perform some kind of action whenever the user did something. Modern browsers allow client-side scripts to control just about every aspect of the way an HTML page is displayed, using Dynamic HTML (DHTML). FrontPage makes it easy to add powerful scripts to your site even if you've never written a line of code in your life.


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