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with Microsoft FrontPage.
Review of FrontPage98 and its Use with VirtuFlex Web Middleware
November 12, 1997
W. Curtiss Priest, Ph.D.
The navigation in 98 is improved:
Tabs on lower left of Editor -- "Normal", "HTML",
Choice of navigation "View"
With the tabs you can move back and forth, very quickly among WYSIWYG
display (Normal), HTML (raw code), and -- this is new -- "Preview" which appears
to be Explorer 3.0 without having to launch it. There is essentially no lag time moving
among these three modes.
While the "hyperlink" view was the default in the Explorer (not to be confused
with Internet Explorer) -- they now have a new "Views" area to the right where
you can pick views among:
Navigation -- some kind of window that you can drag htm files into to
design links among files, and it shows "navigation bars" among them.
Hyperlinks -- this was standard in FrontPage97 -- whatever embedded
links are in the .htm files, become drawn as a hyperlink diagram amongst the files in a
standard hierarchical, tree-like format.
Hyperlink Status -- this looks at all the .htm files in your project
and tells you what they are hyperlinked to, and if there are any "orphans".
Themes -- you can ask that the web page be built using a theme such as
"Construction Zone" or "Expedition".
Tasks -- this was in 97, but you got here via a menu bar. It is a
rudimentary task planner for developing the page.
In FrontPage97, you embedded VirtuFlex code by placing the cursor amongst
buttons, gifs, etc. in the WYSIWYG and then pulling down Insert and choosing HTML. Now
there is one extra step, Insert HTML has become one of 9 "components" that can
be inserted. So, you pull down Insert, then Component, then HTML. The other components are
"comment," Confirmation Field," "Hit Counter," "Include
Page, "Page Banner," "Scheduled Image" (an image that is regularly
replaced according to a time schedule you set), "Scheduled Include Page," and
As before, you can navigate to the VirtuFlex code by double-clicking on the yellow tag
<?>. But, the default is not to show these tags. So, you first go to
"View" and activate "Format Marks" -- this is a permanent setting and
only need be done once.
So, there is substantial improvement in the speed going from the VirtuFlex code to viewing
it in Preview.
1. WYSIWYG table drawing.
2. WYSIWYG frames creation and editing.
3. Themes (mentioned above).
4. "Dynamic HTML" -- an outlining HTML tool
5. Active Server Pages (ASP) which can call:
a. ISAPI -- Internet Server Application Programming Interface -- developed by Process
Software in place of CGI
b. NSAPI -- Netscape Server Application Programming Interface -- developed by Netscape
d. And other ASP code
6. Databases -- you can use the "Database Region Wizard" to "insert or edit
a database query on a page" This combines with ASP and a "form handler" to
provide a display of the output. This clearly sounds close to VirtuFlex !! (don't you just
wish the Justice dept. would do something about this giant.)
7. Push technology via Channel Definition Format (CDF)
9. Visual Basic, Scripting Edition
10. ActiveX controls
The FrontPage Beta expires Dec. 31st, 1997. It is unclear if you have a licensed copy of
FrontPage whether this expiration applies.
The Beta includes Microsoft Image Composer 1.5 (expires in 90 days) and Microsoft GIF