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Are your applets compatible with FrontPage?
Customer quote: "Our primary design tools are Microsoft FrontPage 2000 and Microsoft
Visual InterDev with Active Server Pages.... I wanted you to know that we have
had zero problems integrating your applet and Microsoft's tools to date.
However, we are intimately familiar with the idiosyncrasies of both
Yes, our applets are compatible with FrontPage. But the better question is "can I use them with FrontPage?",
and here the answer is "it depends how good you are with FrontPage".
Two FrontPage areas cause developer difficulties. First, it writes and changes code behind your back - and not always
sensible, java-friendly code. Second, it's complicated and requires
training to use well.
Can you help me with FrontPage?
We can't, but we can recommend someone who can. FrontPage guru
and tech-writer Russ Mullen
is one of our recommended web design partners and loves our
applets. He has offered to help anyone who has problems with
FrontPage and our applets - he will, of course, levy his own
charges for this. He can also design your entire navigation
system or even your whole website if you prefer.
Can I get free help?
The best source of free help is Microsoft's online knowledge
base. It has an enormous store of trouble-shooting solutions,
and Microsoft often goes out of its way to give you hints
and tips on integration with other technologies.
Which web design software do you recommend?
Allaire Homesite. (And if your problem is with file corruption
during uploading, try a very basic FTP utility like WS_FTP).
Can I use ASP with your applets?
Yes, but please note that we do not offer any help or support
with scripting. We know that lots of clients have created very
exotic ASP around our applets for dynamic configuration purposes,
but we cannot provide further information.
What problems do you know of with FrontPage?
The following reports were submitted to us by users. We don't
use FrontPage so we don't check their accuracy.
A final word: don't place applets in strange or special
directories or try and run them on the server. Just
put them together with the HTML pages they are embedded in and view the
HTML page to see the applet.
- FrontPage sometimes replaces special characters in applet parameters
with HTML codes (&xxx;). Applets do not understand these codes
and require the original symbols.
Solution: check the page with the applet with a text editor
and correct the symbols after finishing with FrontPage.
- When selecting "save" in Frontpage, it only saves changes made to the main frame.
Changes made, for example, to the left hand contents bar - which you might use for a navigation applet - are not saved until you either close the page down or exit the program, at which time you are asked if you wish to save changes to these areas. If you upload
before saving, or conduct other operations, you may find that your "old" (and possibly
wrong) HTML menu file is being used. This will lead you to find that your changes
to the applet configuration are not being accepted.
- This problem affects iMMap (versions 1 and 2) and FrontPage 2000. If you create your
image map coordinates with FrontPage, it inserts spaces after the commas between
the coordinates defining the hotspots. These spaces disrupt iMMap's ability to read the
coordinates and must be removed with a text editor. We recommend
LiveImage for creating mapping coordinates.
- If you use an applet within a shared border using the include page component, everything
looks fine in the preview pane and under browser testing. But when you close the document and reopen it,
everything disappears. Possible solutions: put the applet in a table; or don't use the
include page component.