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I have many (200)pages in a website that have identical formating. The info(a picture and label)in each page is the only difference. Is there a way to update all the pages at once (make the same change to each page) without having to open each page and manaully make the change? Each page contains a table two of the rows need splitting, and some text needs to be moved.
I think I should have used another method to create all these pages since the info comes from an excel spreedsheet. Should I approach this from a different angle, maybe like an asp page or something? Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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by:DocA
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Is each page in your web site a separate file?
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by:DocA
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In Lotus, you can set it up to change the formatting on all sheets within the same file at once.  I'm not sure with Excel but since they are very similar, I'd be surprised if it can't be done.  Maybe approach it this way, save your file as HTML in Excel, and replace your pages in FrontPage with the new HTML document.  Maybe you won't loose any of the extra buttons, etc. you have added in FrontPage.  (Adobe works this way.)  Good luck!
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by:estrauss
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It is possible to get global search & replace programs for situations like this. I have one which works well. It is available from http://www.funduc.com/

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by:deanejoyce
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I had the same problem......I used a template and then updated all the pages with that.....

the thing is I did it in dreamweaver 3.0....there is a function called "update site with template" (from memory).....do that and then published those pages to your frontpage website.....it works like a charm but uses a lot of memory.....

nothing like using two authoring tools haha

deane
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by:MrHand
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DoCa, yes every page is its own file. For example, there are two hundred seperate files (no comments please), which I generated from a Word merge. Essentially, I need to update the "form" the date remains the same. I could run the merge again, but I'd have to re-save each doc, then move it over to FP2000. It seems there should be a way to update the files all at once, or os that process more like a cgi or asp page? Thanks for the input. Hand
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Tina Clarke earned 225 total points
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I may have misunderstood you..

If all the data in the table is the same you can make that an include page and then cut the code in html and insert this code by search and replace in html within frontpage you can use the html code for your table to use as the find and your include as the replace.  Try it out first by publishing your site to the hd as a copy and see what happens. Only the section of the page that you want to change should be changed if you want it to not spread across the page (if it is not at the top of the page) you could first do find and replace to include a blank table where the include would go.  This  won't work for you if your table data is not all the same...if the bits you want to change are outside what you want to remain the same you can use an include page with that data too cos the only page you have to change is the include page and when saved updates all the pages the same.
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by:merk
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You can use a utility called bk replace'em to do this. If you have some html on all your pages:

<img src="somepicture.jpg">

and you want to change the image, you can set bkreplace'em to find all occurances of somepicture.jpg and replace it with whatever. I've used this before when i had to make the same changes to a bunch of pages. its a very useful little program. It will also make backups of all the pages it changes in case something gets messed up. You can just go in and put the backup back in place.
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by:deanejoyce
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are we still on this?....

try using an include file from an asp page handy.....seems like your best bet

or you can use TLE (funny looking PERL) like this;

#INCLUDE("UT", "x")

where x is the name of your html include page

deane



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