Choosing Colors for your Web Site

Whether you’re creating your first Web site or you’re a seasoned Web designer/developer, choosing colors is always problematic. You want to make sure that the color gives the right impression. As Katherine Nolan points out in her article Color it effective: How color influences the user on Office Online, no color is either positive or…

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Blog Comments

I usually always try to respond to comments to my blog, but lately, we’ve had some disconnects with comments being sent in email, so I thought I would respond to a few recent comments. If I’ve missed your comment, please forgive me and feel free to send me mail using the Contact link in my…

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Web Design Continued . . .

A couple weeks ago I posted a short and sweet post about not copying the poor web design that other people do really well.  (See Web Design: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly.)  I wanted to continue that discussion today with a link to an article that went out in the FrontPage Insider…

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Working with Access databases that live outside of a Web site

We had a customer recently, who needed to access an Access database from both a classic ASP page and from another Access database. To prevent the database from being locked by IIS, the customer wanted to know if they could move the database out of the Web site directory. By default, FrontPage expects the database…

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Creating an RSS Feed

I’ve had several people ask me lately and have seen questions on Office Online about how to create an RSS feed. For those of you who don’t know what an RSS feed is, it’s something that people can use to keep up to date with the content on a site. Generally, sites that frequently publish…

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JavaScript 101: Writing Your First Script

You can arm yourself with all the background information that you want, but the easiest way to learn JavaScript is to just jump in and start writing code. So let’s start with something simple for your first script. The window object contains all the other objects in the DOM, plus properties, methods, and events for…

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Modifying the FrontPage Date/Time Web Component

If you’ve ever inserted a date or time using Date and Time on the Insert menu in FrontPage, you may have wondered how you can change the date and/or time format. Well, you’re not alone.  We recently had the following comment from a customer asking for just this kind of information. I want to know…

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Creating a drop-down list that links to other pages

You’ve seen them.  All the big Web sites have them.  Now you want one, too.  Perhaps you have localized sites and you want a cover page with a drop-down that lists the different languages into which your Web site is translated so that visitors can select the language they want to view.  Maybe you want…

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Open a page in a new window of a specific size

I’ve often seen questions in the FrontPage Programming newsgroup for code to programmatically open a page in a browser window that is of a specifc size.  Of course, using the target attribute of the A element, you can easily open a new page in a new browser window, but it will be the same size…

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Creating a CSS File for your Web site

Dave Berry wrote an excellent article about Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) on MSDN (Using Cascading Style Sheets on Your Web Site), so I won’t bore you with the details of CSS.  However, one reader commented that the article didn’t cover how to create an external CSS file.  This is very easy, so here’s how. Say…

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