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  • Blog Post: Working with Access databases that live outside of a Web site

    We had a customer recently, who needed to access an Access database from both a classic ASP page and from another Access database. To prevent the database from being locked by IIS, the customer wanted to know if they could move the database out of the Web site directory. By default, FrontPage expects...
  • Blog Post: Password Protecting Web Pages

    John Jansen, one of the FrontPage testers, sent me these three different ways to password protect pages in FrontPage. Using a FrontPage site template and ASP Using Code Snippets Using ASP.NET To password protect pages using a FrontPage site template and ASP Here are specific steps to password...
  • Blog Post: Creating a CSS File for your Web site

    Dave Berry wrote an excellent article about Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) on MSDN ( Using Cascading Style Sheets on Your Web Site ), so I won't bore you with the details of CSS. However, one reader commented that the article didn't cover how to create an external CSS file. This is very easy, so here's...
  • Blog Post: Customizing IntelliSense

    If you've worked with Code view in FrontPage 2003, you've undoubtedly come to appreciate IntelliSense. But what if you need an element or attribute that isn't included in any of the default HTML schemas? For example, W3C accessibility guidelines include a headers attribute for TD elements. If you frequently...
  • Blog Post: Modifying the FrontPage Date/Time Web Component

    If you've ever inserted a date or time using Date and Time on the Insert menu in FrontPage, you may have wondered how you can change the date and/or time format. Well, you're not alone. We recently had the following comment from a customer asking for just this kind of information. I want to know the...
  • Blog Post: Choosing Colors for your Web Site

    Whether you're creating your first Web site or you're a seasoned Web designer/developer, choosing colors is always problematic. You want to make sure that the color gives the right impression. As Katherine Nolan points out in her article Color it effective: How color influences the user on Office Online...
  • Blog Post: Creating Image Mouseovers

    After I learned JavaScript, the first thing I did was create an image mouseover. The one I created was relatively simple, just a few lines of code. I've since seen many more complex examples that do basically the same thing as my simple little script. I'm not sure whether complex is better...although...
  • Blog Post: Creating a scrolling marquee

    In FrontPage, you can create a scrolling marquee by clicking Insert and Web Component . (You can find it listed under Dynamic Effects.) However, sometimes it's greyed out. This is because FrontPage inserts a MARQUEE element, which is only viewable from Internet Explorer. (Opera also displays the MARQUEE...
  • Blog Post: Creating an RSS Feed

    I've had several people ask me lately and have seen questions on Office Online about how to create an RSS feed. For those of you who don't know what an RSS feed is, it's something that people can use to keep up to date with the content on a site. Generally, sites that frequently publish content, like...
  • Blog Post: Display a different image inside a data view web part based on data in the XML

    If you use lists in Web sites based on Windows SharePoint Services, this tip is for you. John Jansen, a tester on the FrontPage test team created a tip for how to display a different image depending on the value of a list item. See how on the FrontPoint blog .
  • Blog Post: Hiding the Image Toolbar in IE

    If you've spent any time browsing the Internet with Internet Explorer, you've seen the little toolbar that IE displays over larger images. Today's tip, contributed by Larry Anderson, explains how to hide this little bugger. In Internet Explorer 6.0, when a picture larger than 130x130 is displayed, IE...
  • Blog Post: Creating Mouseover Effects

    I know, it's been awhile since I've posted a tip. A couple weeks ago I was in SQL Server training, and last week was taken up with catching up on everything I postponed during training. Now I'm back and my tip for today is creating mouseover effects. We get frequent questions about how to create mouseover...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Drop-down Menu

    We had an article on MSDN for creating a drop-down menu, but after repeated attempts, I, like many of our customers, couldn't make the code work, so we're in the process of removing it. We will (mostly likely) eventually replace it. In the meantime, though, I promised that I would provide an alternative...
  • Blog Post: Testing pages in different browsers

    If you've worked around Web sites for any length of time, you've no doubt been told repeatedly to test your pages in several browsers. If you're new to this stuff, it may sound ridiculous. After all, HTML is just HTML, right? Well, yes ... and no. HTML is just HTML, but different browsers render HTML...
  • Blog Post: Adding Videos to a Web Page

    Today, someone asked me about how to add a video clip to a Web and show the controls. This is relatively easy, so I thought I would share with all of you how to do this. You can do this by using the Windows Media Player. To do this, switch to Code (or HTML) view and paste the following HTML code: <object...
  • Blog Post: Using script to close a window, etc....

    In a previous post, I provided JavaScript to open a page in a new window . It may sound funny, but once the window is opened, what does the visitor do when they're done with it? Generally, they can click on the red X in the upper right corner to close the window, but I've seen a lot of sites, and likely...
  • Blog Post: Adding Sound to Web Pages

    Have you ever opened a Web page that plays music? Personally, I find these incredibly annoying and usually change to another page as quickly as I can ... or turn my speakers down. Don't get me wrong: I love music, and I'm sure I've annoyed a few drivers with the base beat eminating from my SUV, but background...
  • Blog Post: Changing the appearance of the browser scrollbar

    I wanted to call this tip "Why I love Internet Explorer" because you can only do this in Internet Explorer. I would guess that most, if not all, hard-core Web developers know how to do this, but for any of you who don't and want to know, this tip's for you. There may be some of you who will want to criticize...
  • Blog Post: Creating a drop-down list that links to other pages

    You've seen them. All the big Web sites have them. Now you want one, too. Perhaps you have localized sites and you want a cover page with a drop-down that lists the different languages into which your Web site is translated so that visitors can select the language they want to view. Maybe you want to...
  • Blog Post: Using Stored Procedures to Access Data in FrontPage

    John Jansen, one of the FrontPage testers, submitted this tip about how to access SQL Server SPROCs (Stored Procedures) in FrontPage. He has seen questions in the newsgroups about how to do this, such as, "How do I insert parameter values for my SPROCs". Here's the skinny on how to do this. REQUIREMENTS...
  • Blog Post: Securing online content and images

    The Internet is a great visual tool for displaying artwork and photos. However, because the source code for Web pages is easily accessible, there is no tried and true method to completely secure your copyright-protected work on the Internet, other than not posting them, any more than you can...
  • Blog Post: Creating ASP event handlers

    Here's another tip from Rich Klein about how to create event handler for classic ASP code. If you’ve ever tried to program an event handler for option buttons (also know as radio buttons) in ASP, you know this can be a daunting task. Option buttons do not automatically fire events in a...
  • Blog Post: Create a custom toolbar to insert HTML tags

    In my opinion, one of the coolest features in FrontPage is the VBA object model. I think it's cool because with it I can create macros and add-ins to extend FrontPage. If FrontPage doesn't have a feature that does what I want it to do, I can create a macro or add-in that does it, or someone else has...
  • Blog Post: Add my page to a visitor's Favorites list

    Here's a tip that Jim Buyens * , a FrontPage MVP, contributed awhile ago that shows how to create a link that adds a Web page to a visitor's list of Favorites. Switch to Code view and add this script where you want the hyperlink to appear: <script> if (navigator.appName.substring(0,9) == ...
  • Blog Post: Open a page in a new window of a specific size

    I've often seen questions in the FrontPage Programming newsgroup for code to programmatically open a page in a browser window that is of a specifc size. Of course, using the target attribute of the A element, you can easily open a new page in a new browser window, but it will be the same size as other...
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