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Chapter 17. CDF and Active Desktop Compo... > Creating Channels with Microsoft Fro...

Creating Channels with Microsoft FrontPage

CDF is a markup language the same as HTML is, and creating a CDF file can be as easy as creating an HTML file. You can open up a simple text editor such as Notepad and type out your CDF file, or if you prefer a more automated approach, you can use the Channel Definition Wizard that comes with Microsoft FrontPage. The wizard walks you through several steps during which you'll build the channel by adding items, setting up update schedules, and configuring log files. This last section of the chapter takes a look at the Channel Definition Wizard and shows you how simple it is to make a channel out of an existing Web page.

To start the Channel Definition Wizard, go to the FrontPage Explorer and open up your Web page, if you don't have it open already. Then choose Tools, Define Channel to launch the wizard. The first option is the choice between creating a new channel or editing an existing CDF file (see Figure 17.4). Because this is probably your first stab at making your own channel, choose the option for creating a new channel and then click the Next button.


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