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This article describes how to use the Compatibility tab in FrontPage. It discusses the various technologies on the Compatibility tab and other aspects of changing options on this tab.
The Compatibility tab helps you keep pages that you author compatible with the browsers your target audience is using. It also allows you to specify whether your server is using Internet Information Server 3.0 or later, as well as Apache or another Web server. You may also customize the technologies used to meet the needs of your target audience.
How To Change Compatibility OptionsTo change the Compatibility options, follow these steps:
Descriptions of Compatibility SettingsChanging these settings may make some menu and dialog box options unavailable. This helps you to create web sites containing only those components supported by the options you specify here.
BrowsersIn this section, you can choose the browser your target audience is most likely using.
NOTE: If the Browsers list is set to Custom, the check boxes in the Technologies list may or may not remain selected when you change this setting.
The choices in the Browsers list include the following:
Browser VersionsThe Browser versions list settings allow you to further customize the version of the browser you want your Web pages to be created in:
In addition to the above choices, if you choose Netscape Navigator only, Both Internet Explorer and Navigator, or Microsoft Web TV in the Browsers list, the following commands and settings are unavailable:
ServersYou can select the server you want to use for your Web page. This setting allows you to specify what kind of server technology is used to host your Web site. The options are the following:
This setting turns on or off features that are only available if the Web server has FrontPage Server Extensions.
TechnologiesThe following is a list of the technologies that you can optimize your Web pages to use. To turn on the technology, make sure the check box of the technology is selected. If you do not want to use the technology, clear the check box.
ActiveX ControlsWhen you clear the ActiveX check box, you see the following results:
For more information about ActiveX Controls, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:
VBScriptMicrosoft VBScript, a subset of the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications programming language, is a fast, portable, lightweight scripting language for use in Web browsers and other applications that use Microsoft ActiveX Controls, Automation servers, and Java applets.
Selecting this check box does not change the way any code is written in FrontPage.
For more information about Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
JScriptMicrosoft JScript, a powerful scripting language targeted specifically at the Internet, is the first scripting language to fully conform to ECMAScript, the Web's only standard scripting language.
Selecting this box does not change the way any code is written in FrontPage.
For more information about Microsoft JScript, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Java appletsA Java applet is a scaled-down version of a full Java application, and it runs inside a Java virtual machine (VM) that is implemented as part of a Web browser.
Clearing this check box makes unavailable the Banner Ad Manager button and Hover Button (on the Insert menu, click Component) and the Java Applet button (on the Insert menu, click Advanced).
For more information about Java, please see the following Microsoft World Wide Web site:
Dynamic HTMLDynamic HTML (DHTML) is a Microsoft enhancement to HTML version 4.0 that offers users more engaging and interactive Web pages. Dynamic HTML provides authors with enhanced creative control so they can manipulate any page element at any time. Dynamic HTML is also the easiest way to make Web pages interactive, using open, standards-based technologies.
The DHTML Effects toolbar of FrontPage allows you to apply dynamic effects to items in your Web pages. Items on this toolbar are only available if you have Dynamic HTML selected on the Compatibility tab.
For more information about using Dynamic HTML, please see the following Microsoft World Wide Web site:
FramesThis option turns on or off the use of frames in your Web page. If you select this option, you cannot create a frameset in FrontPage.
Selecting this check box removes the Frames Pages tab from the New dialog box (on the File menu, click New). All items on the Frames menu become unavailable. If you open an existing frameset page, you can only access the Frame Properties from the Frames menu.
CSS 1.0 (formatting)In this option, cascading style sheets (CSS) 1.0 refers to the ability to manipulate the formatting of an object on your page. This allows you to manipulate colors, font sizes, and styles of an object, such as text or a graphic on your Web page.
If you clear this check box, the CSS 2.0 (positioning) check box becomes unavailable also. In addition, you see the following changes:
CSS 2.0 (positioning)By turning on cascading style sheets (CSS) 2.0, you can absolutely or relatively position elements in your page.
Clearing this check box turns off all of the buttons on the Positioning toolbar and removes the Position Absolutely, Bring Forward, and Send Backward check boxes on the Positioning toolbar.
Active Server PagesActive Server Pages is a method for creating programs that run on a Web server. An ASP page is an HTML document that contains embedded server-side scripting--in other words, scripting that runs on the server, not on the client computer. With server-side scripting, the user sees the results of the script, not the script itself. Also, the user's browser doesn't have to be able to interpret the scripting language.
Clearing this check box turns off the ability to access the Database Results Wizard on the Insert menu.
NOTE: Turning off Active server pages does not turn off the ability to use the Send to database feature in Form Properties. (To access Form Properties, on the Insert menu, point to Form and click One-Line Text Box. This inserts a form into your page. Right-click the form and click Form Properties.) You also can still save pages with the .asp extension. For the most part, this feature does not allow you to create any new pages that use the Database Results Wizard.
For more information about using Active Server Pages and the database features of FrontPage, please see the following Microsoft World Wide Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa286483.aspxNOTE: If you created pages containing technologies that you later turn off, FrontPage does not delete these items from your page. At the same time, it does not change these pages to make them compatible with the settings you choose. For example, if you add an ActiveX Control to a page and save it to your Web, and then you remove that technology from the Compatibility tab, the page is not removed or changed in any way.
NOTE: When you make modifications to the Compatibility tab, the changes remain for all of your Web authoring. For example, if you turn off CSS and ActiveX Controls, the Web pages you author do not use those technologies unless you return to the Compatibility tab and turn them on again.
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