FrontPage Advice

Tina Clarke Microsoft MVP - Frontpage. Gives advice on Microsoft FrontPage.

October 22, 2004

FrontPage Meta Tags

DEAR TINA: In the Head as default, FrontPage 2000 writes:

<.meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<.meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 4.0">
<.meta name="ProgId" content="FrontPage.Editor.Document">

I've found that I can extract this and nothing seems to happen. But what is meta, and why did FrontPage 2000 elect to place it as default?

Bill Fischer


FrontPage Meta Tags have their uses

DEAR BILL: The two FrontPage tags are there so that you can see which version is being used to make the site (and as an ad of sorts) and also it tells SOME of the fp icons in folder view (and the other views) which icon needs to be displayed for what is going on. If you notice they are different depending what is happening, like weather a file is open or closed for instance, it does not affect them all, you can find out more about them at. FrontPage Icons

<.meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 4.0">

Defines the name of the program which created the web document. This is used for reference purposes only and does not affect search engine placement. The above means it was created in FrontPage 2000.

<.meta name="ProgId" content="FrontPage.Editor.Document">

Used by FrontPage to define SOME of its own icon's within the program and is also
similar to the above meta.

Meta tags impart information to various platforms for example they can tell a browser what character set to use or how tell a search engine about your description and keywords. They go between the head tags.

There are two types of meta tags http-equiv and name. The first gives you extra control over the page by allowing you to define more information to be sent to the browser in the http header.

The second lets you define information external to your document, which might include search engines or spiders etc. You can find out more about them at: Meta Tags Tutorial

If you want to remove the tags you can do so with a Free FrontPage Addon at: No FrontPage Meta For FrontPage 2000, 2002. It works for FP 2003 as well, however FP03 already has the option.

Removing the tags has no ill effects, it just means SOME of your icons won't display as before. Some people don't like to have them showing.

They do have their uses though. Crafted with FrontPage

October 19, 2004

FP - E-mailing forms

DEAR TINA: I recently upgraded from FP 2002 to 2003. I'm trying to build a page that has a form on it. When a customer enters info on the form I want the form to be e-mailed to a certain e-mail address. So, I've created the form with all the required fields. Then I right click on the form and select "Form Properties". When the pop up box is displayed, the "Send To" options and "Send to Database" options are grayed out and I am unable to send the form results to either a file or an e-mail address. The "Send to other" option is fine.

I've created several forms in FP 2002 this way and I don't remember having this type of problem. I'm sure I must be missing a step some where but for the life of me I can't figure out what it it. Does anyone have any ideas why this is happening and what I need to do to fix it?

Larry Kacher



DEAR SUSAN: When something is greyed out in FrontPage, it is usually because of Compatibility issues.

FrontPage 2002

Tools Page Options Compatibility Tab set all boxes to custom and tick everything click ok and say yes when it asks to refresh your web

FrontPage 2003

Tools Page Options Authoring Tab

set all boxes to custom and tick everything. Set Schema version to Internet Explorer 5.0 click ok and say yes when it asks to refresh your web

In particular make sure Author-time web components is ticked.


DEAR TINA: The thing about Notepad, is when I have copied a script and paste it directly into fp html, it doesn't come out right.. I have to paste it in Notepad first, then copy/paste into FP..My question is... why won't it come out right if pasted directly into FP?

Jean's Multiplicity


Copying and pasting to FrontPage

DEAR JEANIE: It does this because it's carrying across the formatting from where you first picked it up, even if that was another page in your own web within FrontPage.

When cutting and pasting scripts unless it's from a textarea box you need to copy and paste to notepad, then copy and paste to the HTML View (fp03 Code View). Using either right click menu or the keyboard makes shorter work of this chore.