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

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?"

Replace underlined hyperlinks in your Publisher web with non underlined hyperlinks

Publisher does not support setting a hyperlink with out the standard hyperlink underlining. However it only takes a small snippet of CSS code to accomplish this on a web page. You can drop an HTML code fragment (Insert menu) anywhere on the page and in the code fragment dialog just paste the following code: <style>a{text-decoration:none;}</style> That’s it. I recommend sticking the code fragment up in the top right corner of the page and size it really small so it’s unobtrusive. It’s placement and size is not relevant to the layout of the web page. In the publisher web publication the hyperlinked … Continue reading Replace underlined hyperlinks in your Publisher web with non underlined hyperlinks

Which Web Server? by Richard Lowe, Jr.

If you’ve been lurking in the various forums and newsgroups devoted to web-mastering, you could hardly fail to notice the heated debate going on at this time. No, it’s not which is the best browser. This debate is about web servers. More precisely, which one is better: Apache or Internet Information Server (IIS).To tell you the truth, I’ve used them both (and a few others as well) and the simple plain truth of the matter is these two web server platforms are really functionally equivalent.Ease Of UseIIS is much easier for the novice as operators can maintain it from easy-to-use … Continue reading Which Web Server? by Richard Lowe, Jr.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS); Learning More by William Bontrager

In the “Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Getting Started” article, the first in this series, you learned how to use an external style sheet. You simply include one line of code on your pages to affect the entire page with the style specified in that external style sheet.This article will show you how to embed a style sheet directly into your web page. It will also show you how to define custom styles, styles not associated with any particular HTML tags.There are four ways a style can be applied to a web page:1. Styles are specified through the use of an … Continue reading Cascading Style Sheets (CSS); Learning More by William Bontrager

Web safe fonts in Publisher 2003 web publications

When you open a web publication in Publisher version 2003 you will not find all the fonts installed on your system. Where did all the fonts go? One of the most important things to remember when designing a web page is that you should only use the standardized “web safe” fonts. If you use a font other than one of the 8 web safe fonts, then your site visitor may view your content in a font their browser substitutes. That result can be unpredictable. To avoid that design ‘mistake’ the web publication only allows the appropriate fonts. The 8 web safe fonts are: … Continue reading Web safe fonts in Publisher 2003 web publications

Real World examples – sites by Publisher customers

 I am frequently asked for an example of a web site created in Publisher. In response to that I have compiled the following list of sites that I have come across in assisting customers. These sites were Publisher built to the last of my knowledge. You may need to review the site source (View menu, Source) to verify the site is still Publisher (details follow). Customers may also move to other versions of Publisher so I do not reference the version in use with a site at the time I reviewed the site. Publisher 2000 writes a generator tag in … Continue reading Real World examples – sites by Publisher customers

Copy Protection for images in a Publisher web site

If your web site is for the purpose of selling artwork or imagary you may be concerned about the “save picture as” in the right-click menu of the IE browser. You might prefer to have some way to “copy protect” images on the website. First I need to make some common sense points…– A web browser downloads all web content to the client PC to be able to display it. Any one can go to the Interent temp files folder on their pc and grab image files or any file that is from the site. Basically anything on a web … Continue reading Copy Protection for images in a Publisher web site