Express, abbreviated as FPX, is a simple
WYSIWYG-type editor for HTML documents. You can use such an editor to create
HTML documents without ever writing a tag yourself. Well, maybe. That's the
From the illustration above you can see that FPX does not really show the page as it will look in the browser. There are some funny-looking symbols and lots of extra spacing.
It's not really a WYSIWYG view at all - at least not when the page is complex. A better name would be Design view. Still, you can see what you are doing better than with plain code!
One advantage of FPX is that it is free! It is installed when you do a full install of Internet Explorer 5 (but not 5.5) or a typical install of Win98 (but not Win98 Second Edition).
FPX is not available for Windows 2000 or WinXP, according to Microsoft. How to get FPX
Project 2: HTML Basics
Microsoft also makes a larger, more powerful program called Microsoft FrontPage. The names are quite similar, but the programs are vastly different. Front Page is much more WYSIWYG than FPX.
If you decide that you like this HTML business, you will want to move on
quite soon to a more advanced program like FrontPage. It won't take long for
you get annoyed with the limitations of FPX!
FPX may change or delete HTML code it does not understand. Be careful when editing pages created by other HTML software. Keep a backup copy of the page until you are SURE nothing was lost by editing in FPX.
Reminder: Page Appearance
As you create an HTML page, a good WYSIWYG editor displays it as it will look in a browser. At least it tries.
There is no way to know how a page will look in every version of every browser on every computer! So what you see is really just a good guess of what your viewer will see.
Some HTML editors let you choose a browser and others include their own browser. FPX and FrontPage use your copy of Internet Explorer.
How one browser displays your HTML page may not be how a different browser does! Netscape, in particular, does some things its own way and is not as forgiving of errors in your HTML code as Internet Explorer is. Netscape does not want to guess what you really meant!
~~ 1 Cor. 10:31 ...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~~