FrontPage 2000 User Guide
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Forms (as they are done at the
University of Leicester)
Quick Note: Throughout these guides there are multiple references to menu paths you should take in order to accomplish a
particular task. In the interests of clarity, whenever a menu path is outlined, in addition to writing a long description i.e. “Go
to the ‘file’ menu and then choose the ‘new page’ option and then choose the ‘open’ option”, these guides will also use a
summary bold form like this: File > New Page > Open.
Forms (as they are done at the University of Leicester)
The first thing you do when you want to create a form on a page in FrontPage is add a Form Area to the page – a box
(denoted by a dashed line), within which you will put your response boxes, questions and the submit and reset buttons. To
add a ‘form area’ you need to go to the Insert menu, choose the Form option, then choose Form from the list of choices and a
box will appear on your page including a submit button and a reset button (see figure 1).
Insert > Form > Form
Put your cursor inside this box (before the ‘submit’ and ‘reset’ buttons) and hit return a few times and the box will expand to
give you space to put your first question and its associated response box.
To add response boxes, drop down menus, radio buttons, check boxes, etc you need to go to Insert menu, choose Form
and then pick the appropriate item from the list.
Insert > Form > Choose from list
To add text just put the cursor where you want the text and start typing.
Some people use a table within their form area to help organise the boxes and text into neat columns (see figure 1).
When your form is visually the way you want it you’ll need to make some final amendments to bring it in line with the
University system for online forms.
Firstly, you’ll need to make sure you’ve given all your form elements proper fieldnames (done by double-clicking on the text
box, or other form element, you want to give a name). Fieldnames should be lowercase, descriptive and contain no gaps
and no unusual characters (i.e. % $ £ & ~ @ # ^ *).
Secondly, you’ll need to configure the form’s html parameters so that it sends itself to the right location.
See http://www.le.ac.uk/cc/www/auhtoring/forms/index.html for details.
When your form is ready to go, then you need to contact the Computer Centre helpdesk (email@example.com) and they will pass
your form to the right person for configuration so that it works with the University’s server. You will need to tell the Computer
Centre who the recipient of the form should be and what simple format you would like the data in, when you receive
the email from the form i.e. a string, a list, etc. You can also submit your request via the online form available at the bottom
of this page: http://www.le.ac.uk/cc/www/authoring/forms/index.html
Ben Coulthard – Computer Centre - Page 1