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Welcome to the Microsoft FrontPage FanZine with a special focus on design!
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NEW SHAREPOINT TEAM SERVICES AND FRONTPAGE-BASED THEMES
Get a head start in creating an Internet, intranet, or extranet collaboration Web site with the inspiration, know-how, and tools you need to customize your team content and design. New site themes for FrontPage and SharePoint™ Team Services including Human Resources, Program Management, Marketing, Government, and Sales are now available at
GET THE MICROSOFT PRODUCER RESOURCE CD
Microsoft Producer is the add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint® version 2002 that makes it easy to create media-rich presentations for the Web. This resource CD includes templates, a template editor, white papers, and other great tools. For more information, visit
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: FRONTPAGE MVPS LIVE AND ONLINE
Bring your FrontPage questions to this special online chat with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and get answers! Do you have a burning FrontPage question, but are not sure who to ask? Have you posted on the newsgroup, but still haven't gotten the answer you're looking for? MVPs are experts that have real world knowledge. They can help you achieve the results you have been looking for. Join the FrontPage MVPs online on Tuesday, January 28, from 11:00 to noon Pacific Time (UTC-8).
FREE MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS SEMINARS COMING TO YOU
In the office, online, or on the road, experience the tools and technology to increase productivity at your business. Learn how to improve the way you manage your business using Microsoft Windows® XP Professional and Microsoft Office XP Professional! Discover valuable resources for maximizing connectivity and Internet resources with Microsoft Outlook®, Microsoft bCentral, FrontPage, SharePoint™ Team Services, and more. For more information and a complete agenda visit:
FRONTPAGE AND BUSINESS
COLOR IT EFFECTIVE: HOW COLOR INFLUENCES THE USER
By Katherine Nolan
Whether or not we-?or indeed they-?are aware of it, visitors to our Web sites make assumptions about the nature, quality, reliability, and value of our products or services as a result of the colors we use. Maybe it is time to reconsider the colors you've used on your Web site.
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN FRONTPAGE THEMES
By Mary Burk
Ever wanted to take complete control of your templates and do things your own way? Use this article to break down the design elements of a FrontPage theme, and re-create it in your own style.
PIECING TOGETHER THE WEB PAGE PUZZLE: LAYOUT BEST PRACTICES
By Amber Mitchell
While there are several ways to approach the challenge of Web page layout, some arrangements work better than others. This article explains how to create a good Web page layout by examining page elements and arranging them in FrontPage.
THE DO'S OF GOVERNMENT WEB SITE DESIGN
By Justine Brown
Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government recently announced the winners of their annual 2002 Best of the Web contest. Nearly 300 jurisdictions entered. The contest proved that, despite government's disadvantages, there are top-quality government Web sites out there.
USING CASCADING STYLE SHEETS ON YOUR WEB SITE
By David Berry
Learn how to use cascading style sheets to control the location and appearance of elements on a Web page, to specify individualized style sheets for specialized browsers and output devices, and to manage the presentation of elements across multiple pages easily.
DATABASE POWER WITH MICROSOFT FRONTPAGE
You can use FrontPage 2002 to easily integrate database power into your Web site like a true database expert. You don't need database experience when integrating with FrontPage--it does most of the work for you.
FEATURED ADD-IN FOR FRONTPAGE
FrontLook Component Effects is a powerful set of DHTML component editors that make it easy to set up scrollers or slideshows without knowledge of programming, scripting, or HTML editing. FrontLook Component Effects includes a scroller, a page scroller, and a slideshow as well as clip art and over 180 audio files to use as message triggers and background sounds. Download the demo at:
GREAT FRONTPAGE-BASED WEB SITES
CThe Quick Reviews Web site, started by avid movie goer J.D. Funari, was originally developed as a comprehensive resource for movie reviews, trailers, articles, and links. The limits of the original bare-bones site became evident as the number of reviews on the site increased, making the site very difficult to search. As the first anniversary approached, Funari decided it was time for a site redesign. The new Quick Reviews site not only provides movie reviews, but also serves as a full-featured movie-related Web experience. Find out how Funari used FrontPage to create an active online movie community at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/evaluation/gallery/quickreviews.htm
Burkin Design, Inc., a husband and wife commercial design team, used to rely on printed brochures to market their space planning, programming, and interior architectural detailing services to their customers. They quickly realized that a Web site could help them present an up-to-date portfolio of completed projects and market their services to a wider audience without the cost of constantly redesigning and reprinting brochures. Find out how they used FrontPage 2002 to build their site at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/evaluation/gallery/burkindesign.htm
3rd PARTY SOLUTIONS
TIPS FOR DESIGNING EFFECTIVE POP-UP WINDOWS
Everybody hates unsolicited pop-up windows, but they still generate significant results. Is there any way to get positive results without discouraging repeat visits? Thomas Brunt of OutFront offers tips that can help you effectively design and develop your pop-ups at
TIPS AND TRICKS
WEB DESIGN SHORTCUTS
Here are some handy shortcuts to help you design great Web sites using FrontPage 2002 and FrontPage 2000.
Build Custom Link Bars to Navigate to Pages On or Off Your Site
Quickly Change Navigational Elements from Text to Buttons
Flexible Formatting of Hyperlinks Using CSS
Using the Border Drop-down Tool
Apply Background Colors or Images to Shared Borders
AutoFiltering Web Site Reports to Find Oversize Files
How to Drag and Drop Bookmarks
Enabling Rollover Effects
Wrapping Text Around an Image
Setting Frames Page Transitions
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:
NEW ACCVERIFY SE 5.0 FOR MICROSOFT FRONTPAGE ENABLES CONTENT QUALITY AND ACCESSIBILITY TESTING
AccVerify SE 5.0 for FrontPage provides FrontPage users with the leading solution available to test their Web sites for complete conformance with content quality standards for accessibility, search, usability, and custom organizational policies. HiSoftware was recently awarded the 2002 da Vinci award for software design innovations that have improved accessibility, and empowered people, regardless of their physical ability. For more information on the da Vinci Award, visit
For a limited time users of AccVerify SE for Microsoft FrontPage can upgrade to AccRepair LE from AccVerify SE for $149.99 US.
GET NEARLY 50% OFF BEATWARE'S E-PICTURE PRO
"Your new e-Picture Pro is a sweet piece of work...but the fact that I generally work in FrontPage makes it amazing."
Frances Stewart, Editor, AnyFrontPage.com
For 30 days only, FrontPage users can take advantage of this exclusive offer. For just $69 US--almost 50% off the regular price--you can purchase the commercial version of Beatware's e-Picture Pro, including the e-Picture Imager.
FRONTPAGE FANZINE COMMENTS
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SUBMIT YOUR FAVORITE SITE
Would you like to get the chance to get your Web site featured in our new Web Gallery? Send us the address of a great Web site that's built and managed with FrontPage version 2002. We're especially interested in those that are using FrontPage 2002 features in a unique way to create a great-looking Web site. Please place "Site Submission" in the subject line, tell us what features you are using and how you are using them, and include the site address (URL) in the body of the message. E-mail to:
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