|The projects and exercises in this
set of lessons are written with directions and illustrations based on
FrontPage 2000/02 or FrontPage Express.
FrontPage (FP) is Microsoft's primary editor for web pages. This program is an advanced WYSIWYG editor with lots of wizards and automatic features to help you create your web site and keep it running smoothly. It can be a bit intimidating at first.
FrontPage is part of some versions of Microsoft Office but can be purchased separately, too. In HTML Basics you will not use the more advanced features. We are trying to keep things simple to start with.
Key feature: Webs
FrontPage keeps track of how all the files inside the web are related to each other. It can tell you if your links are broken or if you have files that are not used at all. If you rename or move an image or a page, FrontPage will change all the places that link to it to match. This is seriously helpful!!!
The larger your site becomes, the more helpful these kinds of site management features are.
FrontPage Express (FPX) is a free HTML editor that comes with some versions of Internet Explorer.
Where to find FrontPage Express:
Microsoft apparently thinks you should move on and buy FrontPage rather than try to manage with the free FPX. I do, too! FPX is too quirky and limited to tolerate for long.
If you already have FPX installed and then upgrade your version of IE or of Windows, FPX will still be there afterwards.
How to choose?
There are many good HTML editors besides FrontPage and FPX. To choose the right editor for you, you must have an idea of what you will be doing with it.
You do have to pay for what you get sometimes. FPX is free but it's not nearly as helpful and powerful as FrontPage. But then again, perhaps you don't need all that power. You decide!
What's the Difference?
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!
Now you must choose which editor you will be using for these lessons. There are alternate paths through the lessons for FrontPage and for FrontPage Express.
Look for the icons and for FrontPage and or for FrontPage Express (FPX).
~~ 1 Cor. 10:31 ...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~~