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    Updating strategies wanted

    My volunteer organization has a smallish web site. I'd like to allow the various committees to manage their own pages, but not let them use FrontPage to access the server. So, what strategies can I use to accomplish this?

    Ideally, I'd like to build a template that each committee can update or create thier content. They would then send it to me and I would update the site with a couple of clicks. (Right now I have to copy, paste and format all their text.)

    Suggestions anyone?

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    Re: Updating strategies wanted

    I assume <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> that your users will have FrontPage?
    Will they all be using the same machine? Or do they have different machines?
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    Re: Updating strategies wanted

    Good points! Each person would be using their own computer from wherever they are in the city. I'd prefer that they not HAVE to use FrontPage (as that would mean they'd each have to go out and buy it). I now wonder if they could use FrontPage Express to edit the files (my experience with FPE is non-existent). Word seems like an obvious choice, but even *I* dislike using Word as I always get those wretched little mystery tags.

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    Re: Updating strategies wanted

    I can't help you with FrontPage Express. And if they are using Word - you get into Version problems there too. However, check out this <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=front&Number=43726&page=0&v iew=expanded&sb=5#Post43726>dynamite reference</A> to help with saving.
    No matter what you use, in your situation:
    1. I'd probably set up some strong templates and "rules" about appearance right at the beginning. Easier to control things right from the start rather than after each participant has designed their "own" look.
    2. I'd also make the process for submitting content very clear.
    3. I'd identify who was responsible for graphics (buttons, logos, etc) and set up a process for the users to get them - some people can't proceed without all visuals in place.

    Another strategy you could employ would be to restrict them to creating text documents only - then you could convert them to FrontPage. Again I'd probably create a word doc template for this. - and use the MS info mentioned above - and write a few Word macros to automate the process as much as possible (because I'm more familiar with word VBA than FP).

    Just some thoughts.
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