FP97: Cannot Use Search Component With Active Server Pages

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When you click the Search button on an Active Server Page (ASP), the results of your search are returned, but the ASP script on your page does not execute. In some cases, the following error message appears in your Web browser:
FrontPage Error. User: please report details to this site's webmaster.

please see the server's application event log for more details.
The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in the Address box in Internet Explorer resembles this
where <myserver> is the location of your Web and <myfile> is the name of the file you are previewing.


You can not use the Search Form on an Active Server Page.

When an ASP page is requested on a server, Asp.dll parses it. It finds any script specified to run on the server, executes it, and displays the results.

When you conduct a search using the Search Form, Shtml.dll parses the search page and the results of the search are expanded into the search file and displayed in the browser.

When a search is performed using the Search Form on an ASP page, Shtml.dll cannot parse the file because Asp.dll is already parsing it. Because Shtml.dll fails, it outputs the message described in the "Symptoms" section.

When using Microsoft Index Server, the Search Form does not use Shtml.dll.

Instead, the action for the form points to the .idq file associated with the file.


To work around this behavior, use one of the following methods

Method 1: Install Microsoft Index Server

Install Microsoft Index Server on the Web server hosting your Web. For more information about obtaining and installing Microsoft Index Server, please see the following Microsoft World Wide Web site:
For additional information about using Index Server with FrontPage, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
166357 FP: How to Use FrontPage with Microsoft Index Server

Method 2: Use .htm or .html pages rather than .asp pages with Search Form

Do not use Active Server Pages with the Search Form. Use .htm or .html pages only.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


Article ID: 183046 - Last Review: October 7, 2013 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft FrontPage 97 Standard Edition
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