Internet web servers and HTML are closely related. Although web servers are not responsible for producing or rendering HTML, they do have the task of sending the HTML from the web site’s location to the client browser. Web servers must fulfill requests from web browsers quickly, as requests from clients are often made simultaneously. Without web servers and HTML, there would be no World Wide Web.
Microsoft FrontPage is an advanced HTML editor designed to relieve the programmer from the tedium of writing HTML code. It is designed to integrate tightly with Microsoft Office and thus present an interface that any Office user will be familiar with (Western Connecticut University, 2004). FrontPage uses a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor so that the programmer can focus on presentation rather than the underlying code. This has the added benefit of enabling novice developers to create web pages without knowing any HTML (Webcom, n.d.).
Microsoft FrontPage has the ability to edit and store web pages directly on a web server. In order to enjoy the full capabilities of web publishing with Microsoft FrontPage, the Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions must be installed on the target web server. Without these extensions, the capabilities of Microsoft FrontPage are severely hampered. Although content can be transferred from FrontPage to the server via FTP (File Transfer Protocol), other features like WebBots and Image Maps will not work properly without the server extensions (Microsoft Corporation, 2007).
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Western Connecticut State University. (2004). Introduction to Microsoft FrontPage. Retrieved August 11, 2008