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Welcome to the Microsoft FrontPage FanZine with a special focus on accessibility!
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FRONTPAGE ADD-IN CENTER: 1 MILLION DOWNLOADS!
The FrontPage Add-in Center surpassed 2 million visits and 1 million downloads as of April 2003. Haven't visited the Add-in Center yet? See why so many people are checking it out at:
OFFICE CHATS: FRONTPAGE 2003
Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 gives you the power to easily develop a sophisticated Web site. With professional designing and coding tools, you can create exactly the site you want, coding more efficiently and faster. With FrontPage 2003, you can extend your site beyond static pages by building XML data-driven Webs using the world's first commercially available, completely WYSIWYG XSLT editor, and by developing rich Windows® SharePointServices and SharePoint Portal solutions. Rob Mauceri and Hessan Tchaitchian, FrontPage Program Managers, will be online to take your questions about the most feature-packed version of FrontPage since inception. Join us Thursday, June 5, 2003 at 10:00 A.M. (Pacific time).
OFFICE CHATS: GOT A QUESTION ABOUT THE MICROSOFT OFFICE SYSTEM?
Get answers from Microsoft executives, developers, testers, and others who helped create the Office System, including FrontPage 2003. Join the weekly chats at:
MICROSOFT TECH-ED 2003
Realize your potential at Tech-Ed 2003, Microsoft's premier technical conference. Join network administrators, developers, messaging and security specialists June 1-6 in Dallas, Texas for intense coverage of Windows Server2003, Exchange, Visual Studio® .NET, SQL ServerT, and more. Over 350 technical sessions, hands-on labs, free betas, partner solutions in action, including FrontPage 2003 hands-on lab and Ask the Expert sessions. Register now!
FREE MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS SEMINARS COMING TO YOU
Experience the tools and technology that can help you increase your company's productivity. Learn how to improve the way you manage your business by using Microsoft Windows® XP Professional and Microsoft Office XP. Discover valuable resources for maximizing connectivity and Internet resources with Microsoft Outlook®, bCentral, FrontPage, SharePointTeam Services, and more. For more information on seminars in the United States, visit:
FRONTPAGE 2003 REVIEW
CREATING ACCESSIBLE WEB PAGES
With FrontPage 2003, creating accessible Web pages is easier than ever before! You can use the accessibility features to ensure compliance with WCAG or Section 508 guidelines, or customize the Accessibility checker for internal accessibility guidelines. Create keyboard shortcuts, check compatibility with various browser versions and window sizes, and even run accessibility reports--all in FrontPage 2003.
FRONTPAGE AND SMALL BUSINESS
MAKING YOUR WEB SITES MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH FRONTPAGE 2002
This white paper provides design techniques and suggestions for creating accessible Web content. Using Microsoft FrontPage 2002, Web designers can reach a larger audience.
CROSS-BROWSER CHEAT SHEET FOR AUTHORS
By Will Friedman
"One of the things I hear most often from partners at major Web sites is that they only want to author their content once. Therefore I have developed this cheat sheet to focus in on the things that take advantage of innovations in Internet Explorer 4.0 and 5, but degrade gracefully on downlevel browsers."
LESSON PLAN: CREATING YOUR OWN WEB SITE
In this lesson, students will learn to design Web pages complete with text, graphics, and links. After adding backgrounds, navigation buttons, and audio-visual effects, and revising their work based on comments from peers and teachers, students can publish their projects on the Internet for all the world to see.
LINKING GOVERNMENT WITH ALL OF ITS CITIZENS
By Bryan M. Gold
FrontPage provides various coding options that make it easy to create sites that are ADA compliant, including Web Components that users can insert wherever they wish to on a Web page. The components prompt the user to type key information and automatically generate the corresponding HTML code when the page is saved.
MAKING WEB PAGES MORE ACCESSIBLE
By Daniel Odievich
By using the techniques described in this article, with minimal effort you will be able to make Web pages more accessible to people with disabilities, including accommodating users who are unable to use or have difficulty using a mouse.
CREATING ACCESSIBLE WEB PAGES WITH DHTML
Accessible Web pages offer alternative methods for viewing and providing input to a Web page. Traditional HTML represents content as a hierarchy, making it easy to develop tools that make pages accessible to users who have special needs. DHTML offers additional capabilities, including enhanced support for accessibility.
FEATURED ADD-IN FOR FRONTPAGE
Using the Database Interrogator add-in for FrontPage, users can point to database files on their local machines and query databases to present the data in HTML tables using FrontPage. Maintain and publish reports and data easily without using full FrontPage extensions on your Web server.
GREAT FRONTPAGE-BASED WEB SITES
KTEH Public Television: This nonprofit television station increased the success of its fund-raising auctions by offering them online as well as on the air. Its database-driven Web site uses FrontPage and Microsoft Access.
Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers: When this medical and surgical ophthalmology practice decided to market its services to a wider customer base, the owners turned to FrontPage 2002 to develop a professional presence on the Web.
THIRD PARTY SOLUTIONS
CREATE ACCESSIBLE FLASH AND SWISH FILES
Make your Web site fully accessible by including alternate text (alt text) and audio for your multimedia files. In this tutorial, PixelMill offers advice on how to make your Macromedia Flash and SWiSH animation files fully accessible.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Below are tips to help you build accessible Web sites using FrontPage.
Make Web Page Graphics More Accessible in FrontPage 2002
To add alt text that describes a graphic, open a Web page in FrontPage 2002 and then:
1. In Page view, right-click the graphic, click Picture Properties on the shortcut menu, and then click the General tab.
2. In the Text box under Alternative representations, type the alt text for the graphic.
3. Click OK and save your page.
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Making FrontPage 2002 Toolbars More Accessible
In FrontPage 2002, you can increase the size of toolbar buttons to make them easier to use:
1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.
2. Click the Options tab.
3. Select the Large icons check box.
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JOIN THE WPD PROGRAM
BE AN INTERNATIONAL WEB PRESENCE DEVELOPER FOR MICROSOFT FRONTPAGENow
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:
SAVE UP TO $100 ON PDG SOFTWARE LICENSES
For a limited time, FrontPage users may purchase PDG Commerce 2003 or PDG Shopping Cart 2002 licenses at 10% off the retail price. With PDG's free 30-day trial, you can evaluate the software. After that, PDG customers can receive 10% off their license purchase. All PDG products are fully customizable, with no monthly fees, and integrate easily with FrontPage.
STOREFRONT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET A BUSINESS ONLINE
StoreFront by LaGarde offers the easy to use, e-commerce platform you've been looking for. With StoreFront you can have a full-featured, customizable solution and 30-day money-back guarantee built on the powerful Microsoft ASP.NET platform. FrontPage users: Use coupon code "fanzine10" when you check out to receive 10% off your purchase.
CHECK OUT THE FRONTPAGE 2003 BETA TODAY
Find out how FrontPage 2003 can help you broaden Web publishing beyond static pages into advanced, interactive sites. See for yourself how FrontPage works with other Microsoft Office System programs to help you turn information into greater business impact.
RIGHT TOOLS TOOLKIT AND REBATE OFFER
The Microsoft Right Tools Toolkit can help customers better understand how FrontPage 2002, Microsoft Project Standard 2002, and Microsoft Visio 2002 can help them more effectively manage projects, express complex ideas, or create professional newsletters. You can register for the free toolkit online. New visitors need to type a personal identification number (PIN). If you don't have a PIN, you can type "Guest", and then click Login.
FIVE .NET ALERTS WINNERS PICKED DAILY--YOU COULD BE ONE
Sign up today for Microsoft .NET Alerts, and you will have the option to enter the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes. Five daily winners will receive $50 in MSN Dollars, a weekly winner will get both a Siemens Pocket PC with two months of free AT&T Wireless service and an 18-inch Sony flat panel monitor, and one grand prize winner will take home a 42-inch Panasonic plasma television. .NET Alerts make it easy to receive timely information, such as auction bid updates, stock quotes, and travel changes, right on your desktop.
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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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