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Anyone know where I can find a good FP98 tutorial on the web. I need something Novice to Intermediate level.

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Novice to intermediate could mean a lot of things....what topics are you interested in covering?

Here is a beginners tutorial:

http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/techpubs/fp98/default.htm
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Classy,
I've been tasked with setting up a web for a project, principally to share documents. A required feature is a web enabled database. I've lots of experience with Access 97, Excel and Word, but this is my first time using FrontPage98.

I've managed to set something up using the project template. I'm sure there's some clever stuff I could make it do if only I knew where to start looking....
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Well Ange...first I'd like to know:

1) What platform your web server is on
2) What documents (types) you want to share
3) Is this an Internet or INTRAnet project

The reason for these is:

1) If your server can support it, ASP is the best bet for your database enabled pages.  The FP wizards are too restriciting (IMHO)

2) To point you to specific tutorials about this

3) You can do different things depending on your purpose.
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1. I don't know what the platform is, but I do know it supports ASP (but I don't know what ASP is/means)
2. The documents are a mix of Word, Excel and MSProject
3. Intranet
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Ok Ange.

1. ASP = Active Server Pages.  You'll want to visit www.asp101.com and do a quick tutorial about setting up a database connection.  My best advice is not to use the FP wizard.  If you can manage to do the connection yourself, you have MUCH more control over how it does it, the amount of code created and what you eventually do to it.

2. Do you want them to link directly to the word doc, or have  it download on their computer?

3. That is what I needed to know to ask #2
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by:Ange
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Classy,
re. Part 2
At the moment the documents are lodged on the website. Users need to be able to view as a minimum  and download if required.
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what do you mean by "lodged on the website"?
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Oh blimey.
I have dragged and dropped the documents from windows explorer into the website where they now appear under the list of files.

My 'Documents' website page has hyperlinks which open the files. (A new browser window opens with the file selected).

Make sense?
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Gotcha.

Ok then, tutorials.

As I suggested start with www.asp101.com for the database stuff.

As for sharing the documents-->

The easiest thing for you to do on an Intranet is but a hyperlink to the document.  It should then open the application and the user will have the option of saving it.

Keep in mind however, that multiple users opening the same document at the same time could crash the server at worst.  At best, they will get a message saying that the document is already in use, would they like to open a read only version.
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Thanks for all your help today Classy.

Regards,
Ange
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No problem.  Come back any time 8-)

Thanks for the A.
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