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In this issue: August 1999
In this issue:
Chance to Win FrontPage 2000, Office 2000
Software Developer's Kit Available for Download
Corporate Applications Kit Available on CD
Working with Collapsible Outlines in Microsoft
Creating Multi-functional Web Links with FrontPage
Dynamic Sorting of Database Results with FrontPage
Registering Your Web Site with Search Engines
Web Site Showcase
Tip: Remove Formatting from Text Pasted From
Tip: Adding a Subject to Your Mail Links (Revised)
Free: El Scripto Lite
FrontPage 2000 Software Developer's Kit Now Available for Download
This version of the Microsoft FrontPage Software Developer's Kit (SDK) provides a rich
variety of programming examples and reference materials that demonstrate the use of the
components in the Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Web site creation and management tool. The
audience for whom this SDK is intended is anyone with at least entry-level programming
experience, and with an interest in extending the capabilities of FrontPage through the
use of wizards, templates, custom FrontPage components, custom menu commands, or Designer
Collapsible Outlines in FrontPage 2000
According to one study, Web surfers only scroll down on a quarter of the pages they view.
That means they're likely to miss important information on your pages if that information
doesn't fit on the screen. One way to present a larger amount of informationwithout
resorting to multiple pagesis to use collapsible outlines in FrontPage 2000. A
feature of Dynamic HTML, collapsible outlines let the user view or hide information in a
list, much as they might do in Microsoft Windows Explorer.
Multi-Functional Web Links with FrontPage 2000
Despite the increasing prevalence of large computer monitors, screen real estate never
seems sufficient for many Web sites. Too often, in fact, a site's navigation system
occupies space that would be better used displaying actual content. There are many
solutions to this problem, but one we've found useful is to create navigation links in
FrontPage that provide additional functionality. When a visitor hovers over a given
navigation link, that link can display a hover effect or change appearance to give the
user a visual clue as to where he/she is within a Web site. That same function can also be
used to call up an image that is associated with a given navigation link. In the article
at the above Web address, we create navigation links that do both simultaneously.
Sorting of Database Results in Microsoft FrontPage 2000
On the Internet or an intranet, it is common to see database query results or reports in a
table that can easily be sorted by clicking a column heading. Using the new database
integration features in FrontPage 2000, you can have this functionality on a Web page
without needing to know structured query language (SQL) or custom programming.
FrontPage-Based Web Site with Search Engines
One of the best ways to make people aware of your site is to register with one or more
search engines. Fortunately, registering your site is easy, quick, and something you can
do on the Internet. This article describes how to register your site, the information you
need to have ready, and how to use <META> tags to help search engines provide
information about your site to their users.
WEB SITE SHOWCASE
The Web sites listed below come from the thousands
of submissions we've received to our request for "killer Web sites." Here we
highlight sites that may provide you with new ideas, inspiration, and examples for your
own Web sites. Thanks to those of you who have submitted sites. We will continue to
highlight more of them in upcoming issues.
Nova Central caters to an online gaming community that is committed to
multi-player battle simulation. This very professional-looking FrontPage-based Web site
makes extensive use of FrontPage components.
Cluas is an Ireland-based Web site that promotes Irish music and cinema and was
chosen by that country's leading ISP as a top ten site. Created entirely with FrontPage,
Cluas uses color and background to create a nice-looking site that downloads quickly and
See how Nelvana, one of the largest animation companies in the world, and animator of
children's favorites such as Babar, Pippi Longstocking, and Rolie Polie Olie, has used
FrontPage to its fullest extent on the company's corporate Web site. Be sure to check out
the kids' area to see how Nelvana makes use of the Dynamic Animation feature to create
really engaging Web pages.
If you would like to nominate a site for inclusion
in this bulletin, you can send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no technical support representatives on
this alias, so please use it only to submit nominations for Killer Web Sites or technical
tips we can publish in future bulletins.
FRONTPAGE TIPS AND TRICKS
Removing Formatting from Text Pasted from
Easily remove unwanted formatting from text pasted from Word by selecting the text and
Adding a Subject to Your Mail Links (Revision)
Last month, we told you how you could create an e-mail link with a pre-filled subject
field. In that tip, we wrote that only one field might be pre-filled. A number of readers
responded that several fields can be pre-filled (e.g., the Body, CC, or BCC fields in
addition to the subject field). If you use a blank space and an ampersand, you can add
multiple pre-filled fields. Here is a sample of what the HTML for such a hyperlink would
href="mailto:email@example.com?subject=New Article &body=Here's a good one
&firstname.lastname@example.org &email@example.com>Great Article Idea</a>
El Scripto Lite
without coding. Hard-to-program components become just a few mouse clicks away with El
Scripto Lite, which integrates seamlessly with FrontPage. El Scripto Lite lets you add
dynamic content like pop-up windows and text scrolls by simply entering information into a
Check out the additional
downloads from Office Update.
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