Broken links in Publisher webs – some common causes

As of version 2002 you’ll get these issues if the sub-folder is not published (or is published in the wrong location). I recommend that Publisher be used for uploading instead of a 3rd party upload client, because doing so will ensure that the site files are correctly published. Optionally you can opt to not use the sub-folder feature, toggle the option off in Tools, Options, and then save and publish again.   Double-check your file names versus the link url, possibly you aren’t entering it literally the same. This is a common mistake because most web servers are running Unix … Continue reading Broken links in Publisher webs – some common causes

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 … Continue reading Typical questions from the typical Publisher web design Newbie

Publisher web publication forms 101

A Publisher web publication form is comprised of form controls (fields, checkboxes) and a submit control. A form requires server side processing. Your web host is the server. The web site visitors PC is the client. When a submit control on a form is clicked that tells the client browser to send the form control data to the server, the server then processes the data it received and responds back to the client. Publisher uses FrontPage technology (webbots) on the server to perform this (that’s why you can’t “preview” a form). A functional form requires – A) FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) installed on … Continue reading Publisher web publication forms 101

The Publisher Tip Sheet

Tip 1. If you just want a standard blank page to begin your document, press ESC at the Catalog screen. This will give you a default page using your default printer settings.Tip 2. Getting the wrong default printer, page size or orientation? Publisher gets this information from your printer driver, so this is where you need to make changes. Firstly, exit Publisher, and all other applications. To change the printer settings, open the Printers Folder — Start: Settings: Printers. You may have more than one printer installed, so if you need to, change the default printer by selecting the printer, … Continue reading The Publisher Tip Sheet

Organize your Publisher Templates Pane

What we have here is a little known secret which we are now exposing to everyone! This tutorial will walk you through organizing your templates into a folder hierarchy. Doing so will help you find your custom templates within Publisher’s Task Pane much easier. If you already have existing templates, you will need to follow this tutorial and apply these changes to each one individually.  Figure 01 By default, if you don’t have any templates, you will not see a “My Templates” section in the New Publication Task Pane (See Fig. 01) Step 1: Open your existing template (or create a new template) in … Continue reading Organize your Publisher Templates Pane

Customize your Design Gallery

And here we have yet another hidden secret that has been in Publisher for many…many years. “My Objects” in the Design Gallery. Don’t confuse this with your Clip Art/Design Gallery. This is a whole different beast. This is Publisher 2003 that we are talking about. Publisher has its own little own Design Gallery, and it’s really starting to show its age. Nevermind the fact that they updated the interface a smidgen here and there, and popped in a couple new themes. Overall, the Design Gallery remains largely unchanged and unused. Believe it or not, this can and should be used in your daily creation … Continue reading Customize your Design Gallery

Common Sense Computing 101 aka "Why in the world would you lose your publisher file?"

As an MVP for Publisher over some 5 years, it has never ceased to surprise me how many times I’ve read this question – “I lost my pub file (insert long story here), how do I get my web site back from the html files on the server?” It’s obvious that a lesson in common sense (computing) is needed. So I’ll get on my soapbox before I delve into answering the particular question. First, the maxim. “If the file is important to you, have more than one copy.” Simple, seems common sense to me. After all, think of all the … Continue reading Common Sense Computing 101 aka "Why in the world would you lose your publisher file?"

Building a web site with multiple Publisher web publication files

applies to all versions, however, URL’s must be modified to suit your versions file naming convention. Traditionally with Publisher you create a site with multiple web pages all within a single Publisher (.pub) file, known as the web publication file. If you want to keep your site all neat and tidy in one place this can be a benefit. But it has some disadvantages. For example, every time you modify the file and resave to html, all the pages and images of your pub file are recreated. Once they are recreated you need to re-upload * all these files to your web … Continue reading Building a web site with multiple Publisher web publication files

Using JavaScript Pop Up windows in a Publisher web

 Sometimes it can be useful to display information in a small pre-configured pop-up window. For example if you had a hyperlink that said “more details” and that link opened a small pop-up with details related to the primary windows content. This should not be confused with the intrusive advertising technique of “pop-up’s”, that pop-over or pop-under without the visitor’s consent or prior knowledge. To launch our window we need to use a small snippet of JavaScript. Publisher has no built-in support for scripting so you use the HTML Code Fragment dialog to insert the script. The HTML Code Fragment dialog … Continue reading Using JavaScript Pop Up windows in a Publisher web

Create a "send to friend" email link

Do you want your page visitor to be able to send the URL of your page to a friend recommending it? A “Send to a friend” email link. This is known as a “mailto” link. Such a link will cause the browser to open the registered default email client. With a little bit of code added to the link you can auto-fill the message subject and body.You can only use this in Publisher with a HTML code fragment. Open the fragment dialog and paste the following code snippet:<A HREF=”mailto:?subject=Recommended&body=I recommend visiting this page.” TITLE=”Send to a friend”>Send to a … Continue reading Create a "send to friend" email link