Microsoft's FrontPage is an integrated Web development system that consists of an HTML editor, a site management tool, and a customized Web server. FrontPage provides a graphical overview of your site, displaying missing or broken links with "torn document" icons. The HTML editor within FrontPage allows you to create complex HTML documents complete with forms and clickable image maps. It also provides HTML syntax checking, including examining local and remote URLs to make sure they pioint to valid documents.
FrontPage makes the forms and clickable image maps "live", allowing you to test your pages locally without installing them on the server. A variety of standard forms-processing capabilities are supplied with FrontPage, including user registration, guest books and surveys. FrontPage also makes it easy to create pages that change appearance at regular intervals or that maintain a hit count.
Another nice feature of FrontPage is that it allows you to work on your pages from a remote site. When you need to edit a page, FrontPage will download the file from the server to your local disk, modifying the links if necessary so they work locally. When you're satisfied with the appearance and behaviour of your pages, FrontPage will upload the document directly to your server. This feature requires that your Web server incorporates a series of proprietary FrontPage CGI scripts. These scripts are also required in order to make FrontPage's clickable image map and scripting features work with the published documents. The FrontPage scripts are available for many, but not all, servers. Be sure to check the list of supported servers before committing to this product.
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