Re: FrontPage 98 Beta Frustrations

Subject: Re: FrontPage 98 Beta Frustrations
From: John Posada <posada -at- FAXSAV -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 14:49:42 -0500

Cheryle...I've been using FP for over a year now. Regarding the following, please don't shoot the messenger, just relaying what FP does.

Yes, FP may do things to the code that you may enter in HTML view.

You have two different issues here. One is "cleaning up" the code such as deleting extra tags and the other is adding your own html code.

Second issue first. FP has an option for adding code that you don't want touched. You don't add it in HTML view. You add it in Normal view...wait, wait...hang in there a minute. Place the cursor where you want the new code to be inserted. Then, press the "Insert HTML" button...the left-most button on the Advanced toolbar. A window will open up and in this window you add your code. You can also paste it into this window from clipboard if you are "borrowing" the code from somewhere else. You will see the results of the code in normal view with the Unknown Code Placeholder. Understand that FP will not check whether this code is "correct" or not.

The other issue about "annoying tags". Get over it. Your browser doesn't mind them, so you shouldn't either. Some of the cleaning may stick, some may revert back to the way they were.

Think of it as two steps forward, one step backward.

John Posada

-----Original Message-----
From: Cheryle Wiese [SMTP:cjwiese -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM]
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 1997 2:12 PM
Subject: FrontPage 98 Beta Frustrations

Hi Techwhirlers,

I'm in danger of either pulling all of my hair out, or tossing my
monitor through the window, so here's my cry for help:

I'm breaking our product manuals into logical and digestible "chunks"
and converting the (Word) docs to HTML using FrontPage Beta '98. Then
they are placed on the corporate Intranet site for access by our field
sales team. We have FrontPage '98 on order, but until then I'm stuck
with using the Beta version.

I'm encountering a lot of problems with trying to work with the HTML
code through FrontPage. When I make changes to the code (like deleting
those annoying </p> tags), deleting excessive tags (<b><b><b><b><b>), or
even making *my* HTML additions in ALL CAPS (I prefer doing this as it
sets the tags apart from the text) FrontPage ignores my changes and
reverts back to it's own ugly code. (Yes, I hit the "save" button.)

I've never used an HTML editor before, and am not sure that I like it.
However, I have a LOT of docs to convert, and using FrontPage does speed
things up. Our company is also very "pro FrontPage."

Do others share my frustrations? Is this a function of using an HTML
editor, or is just because I'm working with a Beta version? Does the
released version of FrontPage '98 allow for more control over the HTML?

Any advice would be appreciated. If there's enough interest, I will
summarize to the list.

Cheryle Wiese
cjwiese -at- hotmail -dot- com

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