New FrontPage Developer Portal … Sort Of

During the past several months (about eighteen, to be exact!), we’ve been working to redesign the FrontPage Developer Portal on MSDN. If you’ve ever designed (or redesigned) a Web site, you understand the challenges that can arise. After several starts and stops, a great deal of research, and many discussions with stakeholders across Microsoft, I’m…

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Tools for Designing Graphics for Web Sites

In my various lives, I’ve worn a lot of hats, from teaching to marketing and desktop publishing (back before there were computers for the masses) to writing text and code, and in all those lives, wearing all those hats, I’ve worked with my share of computer applications. As a teacher, one of the things I…

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Favorites

Gandalfe requested that I provide a list of my favorite blogs for the new year. The new year is almost two weeks old, so I’m a bit late providing this list. Before I continue, I have to admit something: most traditional blogs do not appeal to me. Why? I suppose for the same reason that…

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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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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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FrontPage for Mac

I’ve seen several people asking for a version of FrontPage for Mac, so I wanted to start this week with a post telling those who are interested in getting a Mac version of FrontPage, that as far as I am aware, Microsoft has no plans on releasing any more versions of FrontPage for the Mac….

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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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Using script to close a window, etc….

In a previous post, I provided JavaScript to open a page in a new window. It may sound funny, but once the window is opened, what does the visitor do when they’re done with it?  Generally, they can click on the red X in the upper right corner to close the window, but I’ve seen…

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Web Design: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

My last two posts have elicited some strong reactions from some (hey, distressed, what the heck are ra-ra skirts?), so I decided to end this week with a comment about Web design, or rather what constitutes a good Web design and what constitutes a bad Web design.  There are a ton of resources out there,…

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Securing online content and images

The Internet is a great visual tool for displaying artwork and photos.  However, because the source code for Web pages is easily accessible, there is no tried and true method to completely secure your copyright-protected work on the Internet, other than not posting them, any more than you can prohibit people from photocopying text in…

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