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This months issue December 2002
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BRING WEB SITES TO MOBILE DEVICES WITH NEW FRONTPAGE ADD-INS
The Mobile HTML Optimizer and Mobile WML Converter, two new FrontPage add-ins now available in the recently updated FrontPage Add-in Center, enable FrontPage users to bring the power of the Internet to mobile devices. The Mobile HTML Optimizer creates Web pages specially for viewing on small screen form factors such as mobile devices. The Mobile WML Converter helps FrontPage users to easily adapt Web content to work on Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-enabled mobile devices. Create FrontPage Web sites that are easier to view and navigate for people on the go. For more information on the new FrontPage add-ins, visit http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/downloads/addin/default.asp
ANNOUNCING THE NEW AND IMPROVED FRONTPAGE ADD-IN CENTER
September marked the one-year anniversary of the FrontPage Add-in Center. Due to the tremendous success of the Add-in Center--over 1.5 million visits and 640,000 downloads to date--and positive customer feedback, we've updated the site, adding a new feature that enables developers to rank, discuss, and recommend any of the available add-ins. Check out our new Mobility section!
TRY FRONTPAGE 2002 FOR FREE
Get the Microsoft FrontPage version 2002 30-Day Trial for free and create dynamic Webs with the new Database Interface Wizard, add interactivity with the Microsoft Script Editor, quickly set up an ad-hoc team Web site for an intranet or the Internet with SharePoint™ Team Services from Microsoft, quickly and easily create a Photo Gallery, and add e-commerce with the bCentral™ Commerce Manager Add-in. With FrontPage 2002, you can create exactly the Web sites you want, control and manage your Web sites with confidence, and cultivate productivity and teamwork. Try it out at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/evaluation/trial.htm
FRONTPAGE CHAT: MOBILIZE YOUR WEB WITH NEW ADD-INS FOR FRONTPAGE:
THE WML CONVERTER AND THE MOBILE HTML OPTIMIZER
Join Wei-Ying Ma (Microsoft Research, Asia), Aaron Filner (FrontPage Program Manager), and April Dalke (FrontPage Communities Program Manager) on Tuesday, December 17, 10:30-12:00 P.M. Pacific Time, to discuss two new technologies that will help FrontPage users design static HTML sites that are optimized for mobile devices: the WML converter, which adapts your code to WML format; and the Mobile HTML Optimizer, which adapts the HTML on your Web page according to the client screen size. Visit http://microsoft.com/technet/itcommunity/chats/
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FRONTPAGE AND BUSINESS
CREATING CD-BASED HTML PRESENTATIONS
by Katherine Nolan Using FrontPage, you can create presentations that will run on your computer--anything from demonstrations for a single client to presentations looping at a trade show to large-screen presentations for a conference. With a little thought and careful preparation, your message can be the one that customers notice. http://office.microsoft.com/assistance/2002/articles/fpCreateCDPresent.aspx
CONVERTING WEB SITES FOR SMALL-SCREEN VIEWING WITH FRONTPAGE ADD-INS by Tiffany K. Edmonds Browsing Web pages designed for large-screen viewing can be cumbersome on mobile devices with small screens. Two new FrontPage add-ins come to the rescue by converting your existing Web content to a format that is more easily browsed with handheld PCs.
INCREASE COLLABORATION WITH A STAFF INTRANET
by Amber Mitchell There are many ways to enhance staff communication with an intranet, or make an existing intranet more useful for teachers and administrators. FrontPage makes it easy. http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/community/columns/edcolumn05.htm
WIRELESS IS MORE: HOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTING WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
by Bryan M. Gold Many government jurisdictions and agencies are embracing today's technology. Told to do more with less money, government officials are responding to residents' demands for improved services with timesaving offerings like online police and fire dispatches. http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/community/columns/govcolumn07.htm
GETTING MOBILE: USING WML AND WAP TO DISPLAY WEB SITES ON MOBILE DEVICES
by Mark Gibbs How do you deliver Web content to cell phones and wireless-enabled devices such as PDAs? Using Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Wireless Markup Language (WML), you can create content for WAP-enabled devices with FrontPage. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/?url=/library/en-us/dnfp2k2/html/odc_fpwmlandwap.asp
USING XML AND XSLT ON YOUR SITE WITH FRONTPAGE
by Jeannine Gailey Learn about the powerful Internet technologies called XML, XSL, and XSLT, and see how they can be of practical use on your Web site today. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/?url=/library/en-us/dnfp2k2/html/odc_fpxmlandxslt.asp
FEATURED ADD-IN FOR FRONTPAGE
The SimonBots No Script Add-in for FrontPage helps you accommodate users viewing FrontPage-based sites with browsers that don't support scripting. This add-in lets users know whether or not their browser is script-capable by displaying messages based on the browser being used. Find out more at
GREAT FRONTPAGE-BASED WEB SITES
Cerro Coso Community College offers online classes and other educational opportunities for teachers and students in the desert, mountain, and valley communities of Eastern California. They recently decided to redesign their Web site, launching an entirely new look and feel and making site maintenance easier to manage. FrontPage has been their primary development tool since 1997. CCCC wanted to make better use of the latest features in FrontPage 2002 to enhance the CCCC Web site so that it would more accurately reflect educational trends as well as meet community needs and expectations. Check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/evaluation/gallery/cerrocoso.htm
The South Coast Gateway Tourism Resource Project Coordinator, responsible for five regional city Web sites spanning two counties, was faced with an incredible challenge--updating information across five sites with a distinctly different overall look and feel, all created over a seven year period using a variety of tools from a number of different vendors. Roughly 100,000 pages needed to be integrated into a single gateway, with a unified design and functionality that would expedite site management, aid quick response time to customer feedback, and facilitate the incorporation of new feature areas to create a valuable and unique online resource for visitors to this area of California. See how they did it at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/evaluation/gallery/santabarbara.htm
TIPS AND TRICKS
DIRECT USERS TO YOUR MOBILITY-ENHANCED WEB SITE
Solution 1: Add a link to your mobile subsite from your home page. This simple solution lets the user choose how to view your site. Here's the HTML:
<a href=“http://www.yourwebsite.com”>Click here for your Web site</a>
<a href=“http://www.yourwebsite.com/Mobile”>Mobile browsers click here</a>
For an example, see: http://www.microsoftfrontpage.com/showcase/edv.html
<!--Script to navigate to proper page according to user device -->
var isCE=strNav.indexOf("Windows CE");
For an example, see:
Please note: Solution 2 works only for Microsoft Windows CE-based devices. Check your provider documentation for other operating systems.
Gain a greater understanding of mobile browsing issues--review the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Guidelines for Mobile Access at:
Find out more about Windows-powered mobile devices, including Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and Handheld PCs, at: http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/
JOIN THE WPD PROGRAM
BE AN INTERNATIONAL WEB PRESENCE DEVELOPER FOR MICROSOFT FRONTPAGE
the Web Presence Developers (WPD) Program for Microsoft FrontPage has expanded
world wide. This program helps Microsoft's customers all over the world find
professionals to help them create and manage FrontPage-based Web sites. To learn
more and apply for membership, go to:
FRONTPAGE ADD-IN CENTER
Microsoft FrontPage Add-in Center provides a place where millions of people
using FrontPage can download and submit add-ins. Check it out at: http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/downloads/addin/default.asp
NEW FRONTPAGE ONLINE COMMUNITY
The new FrontPage Community is your launching pad for communicating online with other users and pros about FrontPage and Web sites. Visit regularly, as there will be great new information and events you won’t want to miss. Come be a part of it today at:
FRONTPAGE USER GROUPS
Find out about user groups and get some pointers on how to start your own at:
To find out more about or get help accessing a FrontPage newsgroup, check out:
AIT'S SMT V4.0 MAKES HOSTING YOUR FRONTPAGE SITE EASY
See why AIT is the leader in Web hosting by becoming a part of the AIT hosting family today. For a limited time, AIT will provide free setup on virtual server accounts for FrontPage 2002 users. Learn how to make the most of FrontPage technology today by visiting http://www.ait.com/fp/
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Office Power is offering a collection of FrontPage-enhancing tools at a special low price of $34.99, a savings of more than $130 over the individual add-in purchase price. Extend the functionality of your Web site with great tools such as SiteTagger, QuickWorks, PollWizard, MyHelp, and PageWeight. To find out more, visit
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