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    FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    I expect to be doing some web development soon and am looking at various programs like FrontPage (FP), Hot Metal, etc. I have some questions if anyone has the patience to answer.

    1. Is there any website that compares these programs (and others)?

    2. A friend of mine told me to avoid FP because I would be limited to web host servers that have

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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    2. Incorrect. You will simply be unable to use the features listed in 281532 - FP2002: Components That Require FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions.

    3. See the link above.

    If you wish to develop a web to be published to a host not using the server extensions, de-select the option from Tools > Page Options as below. FP will then not make them available to be inserted automatically (e.g. Insert > Web Component....)
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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    Answers:

    1. This board and the Web Design, Coding and Scripting boards are a great place to Start! You are bound to find a variety of opinions <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    2. You can develop with FP and place it on any server. But on a server that doesn't support FP, you will find limits to what you can do. These limits are not MS's issue, after all the ISP has chosen not to fully support the product.
    3. I'm going to recommend some previous posts on this topic; try the thread beginning with <post#=226284>post 226284</post#>. In <post#=61823>post 61823</post#> I discuss the purpose of FP server extensions, I particularly recommend the MS knowledge base article mentioned in the post. In <post#=204029>post 204029</post#>, I discuss some of the features in FP 2000 that do/do not require server extensions. You may find <post#=55956>post 55956</post#> to be useful to you, depending on where you are in your web development learning curve.

    If you have more questions - just post back <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    Leif - you beat me to the punch again!
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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    Ah, but you gave a much more detailed response! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    Thank you all for the information. I have just created my first web site and have not yet posted it to the server. I know the server does NOT support Frontpage extensions. In reading the article referenced by Leif, I notice that shared border backgrounds require the FP extensions. Well, I read that AFTER I have created the web site using shared borders. Is there any "work-around" to ensure my shared borders look the same despite no FP extensions?

    Also, I notice that when I preview my pages in a browser (IE6), the shared borders flicker a little when changing pages. Is this normal?

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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    Well, it seems that hover buttons also require FP extensions. All the work I did developing my web site is now wasted. Is there any way to convert shared borders to frames?

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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    > All the work I did developing my web site is now wasted.

    I think it's not quite that bad. First, you might be able to get a new site host. Let's assume that's not an option for now. Second, the idea behind having server-side extensions is to make your job simpler when coding your pages. But the browser receives pretty basic HTML/JavaScript. (Any "webbot" code tends to be hidden in comments, if it's there at all.) So, if you install the site locally (with extensions enabled) and visit each page and save it individually (the HTML generated by the server extensions), you probably could replicate the look of the site without major problems. Make sure to save "HTML only" with relative paths intact, rather than IE's "complete" HTML which will wreck your paths.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: FrontPage extensions (2002 XP)

    hover buttons shouldn't require FP extensions...
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