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Creating and Editing Web Pages

Creating a Photo Album

The World Wide Web has a graphical interface, so it's no surprise that the most popular Web sites have pictures to look at. Scanners and digital cameras have become much more affordable, and many photo-developing places now offer to put your pictures on a CD-ROM so you can share them online.

While working with the graphics and clip art in the previous procedures, you saw how easy it is to place pictures on Web pages using FrontPage. In this part of the lesson, you'll create an online photo album of actual photographs. For the Millennium Celebration Web, you'll share some great photos of fireworks.

  To edit the Photo Album page

  1. On the toolbar, click the Folder List button to show the Folder List in Page view.
  2. Double-click photo_album.htm in the Folder List to open the page.
  3. Click the Folder List button to hide the Folder List.
  4. When the blank page is displayed in Page view, type New Year's Fireworks on the first line, then press ENTER.
  5. On the next line, type Here are some great pictures from past New Year's celebrations. Click each thumbnail to see the full-size picture, then use your Web browser's Back button to return to this page.
  6. Press ENTER twice to create some space.
  7. Next, you'll place four pictures on the current page. They are already part of the web because you imported them in the previous procedure.

  8. On the toolbar, click the Center button.
  9. Click the Insert Picture From File button.
  10. In the Picture dialog box, select firewks1.jpg, and then click OK.
  11. FrontPage inserts the first of the four fireworks pictures you will place on this page. Next, insert the other three pictures, one after the other. Don't worry about their large size and proper placement just yet.

  12. Repeat steps 8 and 9 with the picture files named firewks2.jpg, firewks3.jpg, and firewks4.jpg.
  13. The remaining pictures are placed on the page, one after the other.

  14. On the toolbar, click the Save button to save changes to the Photo Album page.

Having lots of large pictures on your Web page for people to look at is great, but not everyone has a fast connection to the Internet. Over a dial-up connection with a modem, pages with large pictures and complex designs can take a long time to download before the Web browser displays the page.

Imagine changing the channel on your TV and having to wait several minutes before you see what's playing on that channel. It's no different on the World Wide Web. There are many other "channels" or Web sites to look at. No matter how interesting your site may be, people may quickly lose interest if it takes too long to download.


Estimated download time


In the Answer Wizard, type:
How long will my page take to download in a Web browser?

On the status bar, FrontPage automatically displays the estimated time it will take for the current page to download over the Internet when the page is opened in a Web browser. The default measurement assumes that your site visitors will have a 28.8K modem connection. You can adjust this measurement for other common connection speeds by right-clicking the red hourglass icon and choosing another connection speed from the shortcut menu.

For this tutorial, we'll leave the download speed at 28.8K. On the current page, you can see that the estimated download time for the Photo Album page is 97 seconds. This means that people who will visit the Millennium Celebration Web will have to wait a minute and a half before they can see the four pictures you've just inserted. That's quite a long time to wait for just four pictures.

In the Answer Wizard, type:
How can I make thumbnails of pictures?

By creating thumbnails — small preview images of pictures — you can give your visitors the choice of whether they want to spend time downloading the full-size pictures on your page. FrontPage makes creating thumbnails easy with the Auto Thumbnail tool.


Setting thumbnail preferences   You can change default options for the thumbnails FrontPage creates of your pictures. On the Tools menu, click Page Options, and then click the AutoThumbnail tab. Here, you can specify the size of automatic thumbnails FrontPage creates, whether each thumbnail should have a border to indicate the presence of its associated hyperlink, and whether thumbnails should be displayed with a beveled edge to simulate a button.

Before proceeding with the next procedure, change the default setting from Width to Height in the the AutoThumbnail tab of the Page Options dialog box.

  To create thumbnails of pictures

  1. With the Photo Album page still displayed in Page view, press CTRL+HOME to quickly jump to the beginning of the current page, or scroll all the way up using the scroll bar.
  2. Click the first fireworks picture to select it.
  3. FrontPage displays the Pictures toolbar below Page view.

    Auto Thumbnail button

  4. On the Pictures toolbar, click the Auto Thumbnail button.
  5. FrontPage creates a thumbnail of the selected picture and adds a blue border to indicate that it contains a hyperlink to the original picture in your web. When site visitors visit this page, they can click each thumbnail to download the full-size pictures.

  6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other three pictures on the Photo Album page.
  7. Click the second fireworks thumbnail to select it. Drag one of the top corner handles to make this thumbnail the same height as the first thumbnail. Repeat this step for the third fireworks thumbnail.
  8. Click anywhere on the page to deselect the last thumbnail.
  9. Your page should now look like this:


    Constructing the Photo Album page

    When FrontPage creates thumbnails, it doesn't actually modify the original picture files in any way. Instead, it quickly makes a copy of each picture, resizes it, downsamples the display resolution of the picture, inserts a hyperlink pointing to the original picture file, and adds a border around the thumbnail to indicate the presence of a hyperlink.

    You can see why the Auto Thumbnail button is a real timesaver. Doing all of that manually for each picture could take a while.

  1. On the toolbar, click the Save button to save changes to the Photo Album page.
  2. Because FrontPage made small copies of the pictures that are represented by a thumbnail, it needs to save the thumbnails to the current web. The names of the thumbnail picture files are the same as the original pictures, but FrontPage adds a "_small" suffix to each file name for easy identification.

  3. In the Save Embedded Files dialog box, click OK.
  4. FrontPage saves the four thumbnails to the Millennium Celebration Web.

Because you have an even number of pictures, you can arrange them a little better than all on one line. You can treat thumbnails like other pictures on your pages and move them where you want them.

  To finish the Photo Album page

  1. Click the first thumbnail and then press HOME to move the cursor to the left of it.
  2. Press the RIGHT ARROW key on your keyboard to move the cursor between the first and second thumbnail.
  3. Press the TAB key.
  4. FrontPage creates space between the first and second thumbnail.

  5. Next, press the RIGHT ARROW key again to move the cursor between the second and third thumbnail.
  6. Press ENTER.
  7. FrontPage moves the third and fourth thumbnail to the next line.

  8. Press the RIGHT ARROW key once more to move the cursor between the third and fourth thumbnail.
  9. Press the TAB key.
  10. FrontPage creates space between the third and fourth thumbnail.

  11. On the toolbar, click the Save button to save changes to the Photo Album page.
  12. Your page should now look like this:


    Constructing the Photo Album page


Now take another look at the FrontPage status bar. The Photo Album page previously would have taken 97 seconds to download.


Estimated download time


After replacing the large pictures with thumbnails, the Photo Album page now only takes 4 seconds to download. That's much better!


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