New Accessibility Features in FrontPage 2003
Improved XHTML support
Creating Accessible Content
Change the default template to one that is valid
Addingalt attributes to images
Creating accessible client-side image maps
Defining table headers
Adding labels to form elements
Giving titles to frames
Adding headings and subheadings
The price is relatively low when compared to Dreamweaver or many other editors.
Its MS Office interface will be familiar to many people.
It has a powerful Spell Checker and other proofing tools.
It integrates with Office products like Word.
Changing an element's properties can sometimes take several steps.
Some basic accessibility features must still be added manually (more on this below).
CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) support has been greatly improved in FrontPage 2003. Not only can you use layers for CSS layout, but you can also create CSS-based templates and themes. You can also preview your CSS-based layout in the design view.
Frontpage offers improved, but incomplete, support for XHTML. While there are are no features to actually create XHTML pages in the WYSIWYG view, FrontPage incorporates XHTML elements, like lowercase tags and the use of CSS for layout. You can also create XHTML documents in code view as well as edit XHTML documents created in another program.
Once you have chosen your preferences, select theCheck button. FrontPage will generate a report
that lists the page name, line number, checkpoint and summary. From here, you can either review the
issues in the report window or you can generate an HTML version of the report by selecting theGenerate
Many of the following accessibility techniques are possible in the WYSIWYG environment, but
sometimes it is necessary to make the changes to the HTML code itself. Before FrontPage 2000, you
would sometimes make a change to the code, only to have FrontPage change it back. This isn't really a
problem anymore, but if you are using a pre-2000 version of FrontPage, upgrading will provide you with
many additional accessibility features.
One of the strengths of FrontPage is its ability to create templates. When you create an accessible
template, you can reuse the same template for your whole site (or at least for the appropriate parts of your
site). By reusing templates, you only have to worry about the parts of your site that are not included in the
Many Web developers use scripting languages such as Java Server Pages, PHP, Perl, Cold Fusion
and others to create templates. These languages allow for great flexibility and programmability\u2014much
more than FrontPage's template and theme features. Still, the concept is the same: use templates, and make
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