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FrontPage Tutorial 4
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| Gallery | slideshow |

Galleries: Ok, so you want to create thumb nail "icons" of pictures to use as easy reference to the original ones...how do you do that? Well, there are two ways: Simply shrink the original one, and save it as a separate file. However, I don't think you need to read this to figure that out. The second method, which is what we are about to discuss, is altering the image size using the "specify display size" feature in FrontPage. There are advantages to each of the methods discussed, and like always, if you didn't get a thing I said, the example I'll give you will clear things up.

Lets say you want to create a "thumb nail picture" of a large 1024*110 left bordered bg image.

Method 1:

All I have done is simply shrunk the actual image (the HUGE image of size 1024*110), and saved it as the above image. To actually access the real image, click on it.
The advantage of creating a smaller version of the original one is obvious: Faster download time. Instead of downloading the original image, this is the one that will be initially.
The disadvantage is: "What a hassle!" You have to create two versions of one image for all your images that will be gallerized. More hard drive space too.

Method 2:

What I have done here, may not be as obvious. This is the original image-that large gigantic 1024*110 image. What has been done here is that we have altered the display size of it. The work is done in your browser. It downloads the picture, and "resizes" it, without actually altering the true size of the image. If you want to download it, simply right click it, select save as and you're gone. When you check your harddrive, to your surprise, you would have downloaded that huge 1024*110 sized image, although the above is what you see.
The advantage is: You DON'T have to create two versions of 1 image. The above, which appears to be small in width/length, but is not, is the only one you need.
Here comes the bad part: You might have not noticed it when you first came, but method 2's image will take about 7 times longer to download than method 1's. You are downloading the original image, that's why. This might defeat somehow the definition of a "gallery", but its up to you.

Ok, enough with the example. I'll show you how you can implement method 2. (Method 1 is obvious. Get any image viewer, PSP, for example, and resize your image.. Than save it. What you than have is two versions of the same image)

To alter the display size of an image: (Method 2)
1)Right click it.
2)Select image properties.
3)Select Appearance on top.
4)Check Specify Size.
5)
Now, choosing pixels as the unit, alter the width and height to your liking. The above image has a width and height of 290, 31, respectively.

The important thing to notice is that you have not actually altered the width/height of your image. You've simply made it appear smaller. Now, which method do I think is better? If you are gallerizing A LOT of images, please, be kind to your surfers and use method 1. However, if you are simply displaying a few images-be kind to yourself, and go ahead and use method2.

Implementing a slide show: A slide show can easily be implemented using FrontPage. First, I'm going to tell you how you could have a page automatically change after a specified time. For eg, have a page automatically forward all IE users to another page after 3 seconds. A slide show is basically a series of pages that all change after some time.

The way to do it is by using another meta tag, the [http-equiv] one. Note that the <meta> tag that categorizes your page is different from this one.(See the first page for more info on that.) Ok, I'll do a quick example.

Click here for the actual demo.

Here is exactly how to do that:

1)Right Click anywhere inside the page, and select page properties.
2)Select Custom on top.
3)Look on top-System Variables [http-equiv]. This is the section we will be working on.
4)Click Add.
5)
There are 2 fields to be filled in. For the first, where it says name, always enter refresh

6)Now, for the Value, enter the time of delay, in seconds, followed by a semicolon, followed by the URL of the target page. Look right to see what I mean

 

 

 

The "3" indicates three seconds. There's a semicolon (;) in between, followed by URL=Your_targetted_page. The URL does not have to be a complete URL, ie: "http://www.yoursite.page2.htm", provided that the original and the targeted pages are within the same directory.

You are done! Try it out. To implement a slide show, simply add a series of pages all containing [http-equiv] meta tags.

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