Using Publisher for web sites

When making a decision to use Publisher for a web site please bear in mind that Publisher is not a web design tool nor an html editor. Publisher is a Desktop Publishing Tool (DTP) that supports web design. A lot of the same functionality can be found in Microsoft Word, which is also not a web design tool. Microsoft’s web design tool is FrontPage. Publisher cannot be and never should be, compared to a web design tool. Publishers “design intent” is that it can create a small (10 pages or less) static web site that shares a common “look and … Continue reading Using Publisher for web sites

Understanding background padding in a Publisher web (aka white space)

 applies to versions 2003, 2002, 2000 The rendering of a web page in a client browser is affected by many factors, one of which is the display resolution on the client monitor. The higher a resolution is, the more a web page will be padded with background by the browser. The content block of a web page is most commonly left aligned and sized to a fixed width in pixels. Typically this width is in the 750 to 850 pixel range to provide the best viewing in the most common display resolutions. High end display resolutions will result in background … Continue reading Understanding background padding in a Publisher web (aka white space)

Including external files in a Publisher web

applies to versions 2003, 2002 A frequent question posted at the Publisher Web Design Community is about including Adobe Reader (pdf) files or Word (doc) files in a Publisher web publication. This also applies to any other type of file that you want a hyperlink to, from a link on the Publisher web site. The file is referred to as “external”, meaning the file is located outside of the Publisher web publication, or this simply implies a file that Publisher does not generate when creating the web site. Publisher customers of a previous version may not realize that the handling … Continue reading Including external files in a Publisher web

Publisher 2003 – What’s new in web design for this version

applies to version 2003 Personally my favorite thing about this version is that the products Personal Info Dialog Box finally has an option to turn it off. Through each version I have never used the Personal Info feature and that pop up dialog on each new publication has always annoyed me. The dialog now has a check box so if you aren’t planning to use the Personal Info feature and you check that box you can launch your future new publications a little faster and with a few less mouse clicks.I do have another favorite thing about this version and … Continue reading Publisher 2003 – What’s new in web design for this version

How to Thumbnail in Publisher Web Publications

applies to version 2003 and 2002 – version 2002 users disregard the sections on Picture Optimization Thumbnailing is very common in web design and is a very simple design technique easily implemented. Simple though it is, it is one of the most frequently asked Help requests in the Microsoft Community for Microsoft Publisher. In response to that this article will illustrate the concept of thumbnailing, as well as take this opportunity to demonstrate the Picture Optimizer tool introduced in Publisher 2003 Service Pack 1. What is Thumbnailing? Well what it is not is something magical or difficult. It is a concept … Continue reading How to Thumbnail in Publisher Web Publications

Web Publication Changes Made in Version 2002 of Publisher

NOTE: Go to Help, About… in your Publisher 2002 and check the version number. If it does not indicate Service Pack 1 (SP 1) or greater then visit http://office.microsoft.com at once and visit the Office Updates to update your Publisher to the most current level. Service Pack 1 contains a vital fix to the HTML coding engine. Do not use Publisher 2002 for a web publication unless it is at version update level SP 1 or higher. Web page building in Publisher 2002 is very different functionally from that of Publisher 2000. If you come from Publisher 2000 you’ll think … Continue reading Web Publication Changes Made in Version 2002 of Publisher