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FP98: Overview of FrontPage Components

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For a Microsoft FrontPage 97 and earlier version of this article, see 143090.
This article describes what a FrontPage component in FrontPage 98 is andlists the components that are available in FrontPage 98.

A FrontPage component is a dynamic object on a Web page that is evaluatedwhen the page is saved or, in some cases, when the page is opened in a Webbrowser.

The following new components are available in FrontPage 98:
   Comment   Hit Counter   Page Banner   Banner Ad Manager   Confirmation Field   Discussion   HTML Markup   Include   Registration   Save Results   Scheduled Image   Scheduled Include   Search   Substitution   Table of Contents   Timestamp				


The comment is text that you can view in FrontPage Editor but is hiddenwhen you open your page in a Web browser. Comment text appears in purple inFrontPage Editor. It retains the character-size and other attributes of thecurrent paragraph style.

Hit Counter

The Hit Counter is a graphical component that counts the number of timesyour Web site has been accessed by other browsers.

Page Banner

The Page Banner is a FrontPage component that allows you to place thetitle of the page in text or graphical format at the top of the page. Youcan use this component with themes and shared borders to add a title toeach page in your Web without having to modify each individual page.

For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
174421 FP98: What are Page Banners?

Banner Ad Manager

The Banner Ad Manager is a FrontPage component that shows each of a seriesof designated images for a given number of seconds, then transitions to thenext image using any of several transition effects. The Banner Ad may beused as advertisement banners or simply to show a series of images.

For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
173438 FP98: How to Create Banner Ads using Banner Ad Manager

Confirmation Field

The Confirmation Field is a run-time component that is replaced with thecontents of a form field. It can be used to repeat information, such as thename of a user or e-mail address, back to the user as confirmation of thevalues that they entered in the form. Another use for the Confirmationcomponent is to verify the name and mailing address of a user who hassubmitted a form.

Discussion Form Handler

A Discussion Form Handler allows you to set up a discussion Web page. TheDiscussion Form Handler collects information from a form, formats it intoan HTML page, and then adds the page to a table of contents and to a textindex. The Discussion Form Handler gathers information from the form andstores it in one of a selection of formats, such as HTML or ASCII text. TheDiscussion Form Handler is accessed from the Form Properties dialog box.

HTML Markup Component

The HTML Markup Component allows you to enter HTML tags that are notdirectly supported or available in FrontPage Editor. To enter either ofthese elements in FrontPage Editor, you must use the HTML Markup component.

Include Page Component

The Include Page component is designed to replace itself with the contentsof another file. The most common use for the Include Page component is toplace the same text or graphic on every page in a multi-page Web. Examplesof items that you might want to appear on each page in your Web include:copyright information, headers and footers, and product logos. The IncludePage component requires the URL of the file that contains the text andimages to be included on a page. Any modifications to the source documentare automatically sent to each page for which it is included.

Registration Form Handler

The Registration Form Handler allows you to automatically register usersfor access to a service. The Registration component adds the user to theauthentication databases of the service; it can then gather informationfrom the form and store it in one of a selection of formats, such as HTMLor ASCII text. The Registration component is accessed from the FormProperties dialog box.

Save Results Form Handler

The Save Results Form Handler gathers information from a form and stores itin one of a selection of formats (HTML, ASCII text). When you submit theform, the Save Results Form Handler appends the form information to aspecified file in a specified format. The Save Results Form Handler isaccessed from the Form Properties dialog box.

Scheduled Image

The Scheduled Image component is used when you plan to replace one imagewith another within a specific time period. On the expiration date, theoriginal image is no longer displayed and another image takes its place orthe place where the image existed is left blank.

When you insert a Scheduled Image component, you will need to enter thename of the image and any alternate image to be included on the page. Theimage must be from the current Web.

A Scheduled Image component runs when a change is made to your Web. Toensure proper timing of the Scheduled Image component, make some changes toyour Web daily.

Scheduled Include Page Component

The Scheduled Include Page component is used to insert the contents of afile during a specified period of time. When the time period expires, thecontents of the file are no longer displayed. You can specify an optionalpage to be included after a given date.

A Scheduled Include Page component is run when a change is made to yourWeb. To ensure proper timing of the Scheduled Include Page component, makesome changes to your Web daily.

Search Form

Use the Search Form to create a search form. The FrontPage ServerExtensions maintain a list of words found in each page in a Web. If the Webincludes a discussion group, FrontPage also maintains a dynamic list ofwords found in each entry of the discussion group. At run-time, theform created by the Search Form returns a list of pages containing thewords the user entered in the form. The words can include Booleanconstructs, such as and, not, or, and parentheses.

Substitution Component

The Substitution component allows you to type an abbreviationthat will be substituted by its expanded form. For example, you can set avariable, such as HTML, to represent "HyperText Markup Language" (withoutthe quotation marks). Then, instead of writing out "HyperText MarkupLanguage," you could type HTML, and HTML will expand to "HyperText MarkupLanguage" at run-time. You define the variable as a parameter in the WebSettings dialog box (on the Tools menu, click Web Settings) inFrontPage Explorer.

Table of Contents

The Table of Contents component generates an outline of yourWeb. The Table of Contents updates this outline each time the Webcontent changes. It does not create a table of contents based on bookmarks.It uses the title element of the subpages to generate the table ofcontents.


The Timestamp inserts a date and time stamp that corresponds to thelast time the page was edited or automatically updated.
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