Alas, poor FrontPage!

It started with a bang.
bq.FrontPage, which is currently available for Windows and Unix users, contains an editor for creating and editing Web pages; an Explorer for visualizing and managing Web sites: support for WebBot agents for automating text searches, feedback forms, and threaded discussion forums; Wizards and templates; and a to-do list feature that enables status tracking of site tasks. Microsoft officials said the $695 FrontPage will not be added to the Microsoft Office suite anytime soon. Under terms of the stock-only acquisition, most of the 40-person Vermeer staff will move to Redmond, Washington. Analysts estimate that about $130 million worth of Microsoft stock was exchanged in the deal. – “Jim Calhoun(Microsoft details Vermeer buy)”:http://news.com.com/Microsoft+details+Vermeer+buy/2100-1033_3-202314.html It ends with a whimper.
bq.Microsoft will close the book on its FrontPage Web-design program with the release of Office 2007, formerly known as Office 12, late this year. Microsoft acquired FrontPage in the mid-1990s, and it soon outdistanced Adobe’s PageMill and other popular low-cost what-you-see-is-what-you-get Web-creation tools. – “Dennis O’Reilly(Bye-bye, FrontPage in New Office, Says Microsoft)”:http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/001460.html I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I was a FrontPage user for a while late in the last century. At first, it seemed like a giant step over Netscape Composer. But I eventually found it shared the same failing: a propensity to rewrite carefully crafted code into utter tag soup. And “not even(On FrontPage)”:http://www.danspages.com/archives_06.09.03.html standards-compliant tag soup. I thought they would eventually address the issue, but I have never bothered to check and see.