I tried….really I did

I tried to use Frontpage, I tried to get used to it, I tried to like it.
I failed.
Miserably.
While I’m sure there are many things to like about FrontPage, the one thing that I can’t stand is the autoformatting of my HTML code. And the ability to have it NOT TURN OFF!
I couldn’t beleive it!
Here I am, entering in perfectly good inline style code, save it and click the preview tab. Looks nice, then I go back to the HTML tab, and ALL MY CODE IS CHANGED!
I was using the shorthand for background styles(perfectly legit, perfectly supported) and it spelled it all out, plus it added other elements that I didn’t even want there!
I thought to myself, ‘How annoying, I must turn this off.’
Hmmmm….none of the preferences mention this, must resort to help.
Hmmm….help isn’t much.
So I’ve determind that I can’t turn it off. I asked all the questions, looked in all the help, and for some reason it wants to spell out styles for me.
Sorry, can’t accept that.
I tried.
Really I did.But, that being said, if anyone knows HOW to do it, please let me know.
I have a feeling that I need to know this app for potential future jobs, but I just can’t stand it right now.

3 Comments

  1. matt
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    Hey Bill!
    The option (in FP2000 and I suppose in FP2002) should be under page options.
    I use it at work (in fact I used that option today… turned it on to reformat an awful load of HTML churned out by an ASP.NET thing I’m working on… ).
    It’s there… I wish I could be a little more specific. (It’s although worth noting that you can continue to allow FP to do the reformatting, but specify how it should apply that formatting…)
    I still try to avoid the whole thing… but it’s not as evil as FP97/98(?).
    Try to avoid deleting a web (it used to remove all the files under it too… a bad thing for people who set up root webs on C:\ etc.).
    Good luck with ASP!

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  2. w3aelfric the html hater
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    Well I’ve been bitten in the arse by that one, usually when setting up frames stuff. Big Brother clearly knows best. But hey Mr Big Brother – I’m an oldest child. Fuggoff.Cheers,B.

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  3. SideKick
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    Hey Matt, I think I know the command of which you speak, something regarding Preserve existing HTML, and that’s the first thing that I tried. I’ve been all over Page Options and I just can’t seem to click the thing that makes it less stupid.And Ben, I still don’t know why you use it…..

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