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.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.