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FrontPage 98: elegant and exquisite
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-09-12 20:13:08

How about a throwback to 1997?

I've used and tinkered with every HTML Editor out there and I can say without qualification or pause that Microsoft FrontPage 98 is the easiest and most powerful suite of Web Design and Management tools available today -- and the fact that it's presently only in a beta state must make the competition shiver -- for the bar of excellence has not just gently risen with the debut of FrontPage 98.

That bar of excellence has been crushed through to the uppermost level by FrontPage 98 and few website HTML programs have the means or inspiration to meet that new watermark of exquisite elegance in creating websites.

Microsoft FrontPage 98 proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Web Creation and Site Manipulation can, finally and without excuse or caveat, be friendly while providing hardcore functionality in the same brilliant stroke.

Those were the days.

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OMG
By Moochman on 2018-09-12 20:22:55
Wow! Those themes were hideous! And you gotta love the whole IE4/Windows Explorer "Channel" integration.
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No
By terra on 2018-09-12 20:40:30
Neither FrontPage nor Dreamweaver nor anything else was any good. They all produced clumsy dirty markups. It is horrible to work with.
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MY EYES
By tidux on 2018-09-12 21:15:42
That was fractally terrible.
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But...
By Underphil on 2018-09-12 22:48:27
Jesus, I just remembered that period of time when you could get a regular web-server, or a 'frontpage enabled' web server. Bad times.
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RE: No
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2018-09-12 22:51:45
Yeah but dream weaver produced a lot cleaner code.
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RE: No
By CaptainN- on 2018-09-12 22:52:23
Dreamweaver wasn't terrible, and actually it did a pretty good job of leaving your code alone if you entered it manually. Older versions of Dreamweaver (when Macromedia was still around) did have some nice helper dialogs for CSS and especially tables back then. The integrated sites manager with FTP was pretty convenient, and it's site wide search and replace was a killer feature.

Frontpage was an unmitigated disaster though - I can't believe anyone actually remembers that thing fondly.

Edited 2018-09-12 22:53 UTC
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RE: But...
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2018-09-12 22:52:54
yeah I used to get calls from friends wondering why their webpages didn't look right. Most of the time it was because they used frontpage extensions, but didn't pay for them on the webhost.
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RE[2]: No
By stormcrow on 2018-09-12 23:40:23
Only people with rose colored glasses remember FrontPage fondly. Server side it was even worse cuz you had to support so-called "Front Page extensions" or you would lose business.

I fear Google is heading down the same path and might actually succeed where Microsoft failed: AMP, Chrome specific quirks, various 'open' initiatives that are in practice only open to Google employees, Android OEM licenses requiring Google services preinstalled, Google continuously trying to redefine the Web and Internet in its image. Over half the websites I regularly visit use some form of Google services: API servers, CAPTCHA, analytics, ad servers. In many cases like CAPTCHA you can't just block the scripts and expect the website to work. You literally can't get away from Google and still browse the web freely.
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Back in the day
By Vinegar Joe on 2018-09-12 23:41:15
My favorite was HotDog from Sausage Software in Australia.
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RE[2]: But...
By tidux on 2018-09-12 23:59:20
It took until this past decade for the major hosting platforms (cPanel, etc.) to stop offering them.
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