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xvi Introduction The web is the quintessential communication tool, and many businesses depend on it to get out their corporate messages, both to their customers and to their employees. The web is certainly easy enough to use; browsing from site to site has become second nature for many of us. However, until now, putting information on the web has been left to the webmasters: the designers, developers, and programmers who code in HTML, JavaScript, and a host of other software languages. Until now, the people who needed to get the information online the most had to rely on the experts to publish the content to the web. Now, there's Macromedia Contribute, and anyone can publish to the web. Contribute is an easy-to-use program that lets you update, modify, and expand the pages on your Internet or intranet site. If you know how to use a word processor and a browser, you'll be comfortable with Contribute. Roadmap to Macromedia Contribute was written to get you up to speed with Con- tribute quickly and to help you get the most out of the program as you work with it. Dreamweaver Sites, FrontPage Sites, and All Others Welcome! Contribute is an equal-opportunity program; it can work as easily with sites created in Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe GoLive, or Macromedia Dreamweaver. Any site--whether on the global Internet or local intranet--is compatible, as long as the site pages are written in valid HTML. Although it's true that some of the special proprietary code of programs such as FrontPage cannot be changed, in most cases such code is used to handle site-wide navigation and other elements that content contributors shouldn't be able to alter in the first place. Are You a Contributor? Does the work you do get published to the web? Are you responsible for keeping sections of your site up-to-date? Do you wish you had more control over what gets published and when? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are Contribute can help you get your work done more efficiently and with far less hassle, and Roadmap to Macromedia Contribute shows you how to get there. Getting Your Hands on Contribute If you don't have Contribute yet but want to see if the program is for you, Macromedia has a fully functional online trial available at http://www.macromedia.com/software/contribute/download. After you've installed the trial version of Contribute, use the Test Drives in this book to get a real feel for the software.