Typical questions from the typical Publisher web design Newbie

How do I paste a code snippet into the HTML Code Fragment dialog? By using the keyboard – Ctrl key + V key


How do I view and/or modify the HTML source code? No. Publisher is not an html editor nor is it a web design tool. More importantly there is no code for you to see nor edit. It simply doesn’t exist. The html source is not created until Publisher writes it, which is when it generates the web site when you save the web publication as a web site.


How do I password protect my page(s)? This is a server side function outside the scope of Publisher. Speak to your web host about what options they support for permission based access. More advanced functionality such as an actual login/logout page requires web programming (not to be confused with web design) and typically a server side database with user data. That is beyond the scope of Publisher, take a look at http://www.asp.net instead.


How come I only got the first page when I saved the web publication as a web site? Publisher generated web pages for all the pages of your publication. You are just not being observant. Look again and you’ll find a folder that has the same name as the home page file name. Look inside that folder. The home page web file and the matching folder are what compose the web site.


How do I use frames. You don’t. Not with Publisher.


How do I make a drop down or fly out menu? This is a dynamic effect created by scripting. Publisher has zero scripting support and provides for zero dynamic effects. It is designed for static web pages and static text. You can however acquire a 3rd party menu and use Publishers HTML Code Fragment dialog to implement it.


How do I get a hit counter? See answer in previous sentence.


How come my text on the web page is not a accurate reproduction of the text box in the web publication? This is most typically due to the use of any type of Paragraph formatting to the text in the text box. Such formatting is for a print publication, and not a web publication where the results will be unpredictable. So do not apply things like – tabs, indents, line-spacing. Font face and font size are to be the only formatting applied to text in a web publication.


How come when I wrap text to an image the web page displays the text over the image? As of Publisher version 2002, wrapping text to an image in a web publication is not supported.


How do I get my Publisher web pages to display correctly in all browsers? Basically you don’t. Publisher is designed to exploit the technologies of the Internet Explorer browser. Support in a non Windows IE browser is limited at best. It is a limitation of using Publisher for a web site.

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