Forms allow you to receive information from the visitors to your
web site. The forms can be created manually or by FrontPage's Form
Page Wizard. To use the wizard, select File|New|Page from
the menu bar.
Click Next > on the the first explanatory wizard window.
The second window will allow you to add the questions that will
appear on the form. Click the Add button to insert new
questions into the form.
Select an input type from the scrolling menu and edit the prompt
for the question in the text box below if necessary. Click Next
> when finished.
Select the input type for the question you entered in the previous
window. The contents of this window will vary depending on the
type of question that was entered. Click Next > when
the selections have been made.
The question will now appear in the question listing. Click Add
to add more elements to the form. If a question should be changed,
highlight the title in the list and click Modify or Remove
to delete the question. Reorder the questions using the Move
Up and Move Down buttons. Click Next > to
proceed to the next step after the questions have been added.
Presentation Options - On this window, determine the
layout of the form from several options and click Next >.
Output Options - Now that the form elements are in place,
you need to designate a way to view the results of the form. You
will want to save them either as a web page or text file and enter
the base name for the file where results will be stored. Click
Next > when finished.
The form is now complete. Click Finish to add the form
to the web page.
Activate the Form toolbar by selecting Insert|Form
and dragging the menu off the menu bar.
First, click the Form button. A dotted area with Submit
and Reset buttons inside will appear.
Click the Form Properties button.
Select the storage location for the form contents and name the
form after Form name. Click Options... to specify
text results page options, e-mail options and a confirmation page.
On the form, place the cursor before the Submit button and press
the ENTER key several times to add room in the form above
the existing buttons.
Text boxes allow the user to enter one line of text. Click the
button on the form toolbar to add a text box to the form. Activate
the text box and select Format|Properties from the menu bar.
Name - Enter a name for the text box with no spaces. Initial Value - This text will initially appear in the text
box. Width in characters - Determines the width of the text box.
The width can also be changed by clicking and dragging the handles
on the element. Tab order - It will be easiest to set the tab order when
all the form elements are on the page. Use numbers 1,2,3... to determine
the order the user will encounter each form element when the TAB
key is used. Password field - Select Yes if the entry into the text box
should be treated as a password and asterisks will be used as the
text is typed.
Validate... - Click this button to enter optional validation
Set the text box to only accept a certain data type, a minimum
or maximum length, and other options.
Text boxes allow the user to enter multiple lines of text. Click
the button on the form toolbar to add a text area to the form. Activate
the text area and select Format|Properties from the menu
Set these properties just as in a text box. The width and number
of lines in the text area can also be changed by clicking and dragging
the handles of the text area.
Check boxes allow the user to make multiple selections from a
list. Add check boxes by clicking the button on the form toolbar,
enter value, and press ENTER or SHIFT+ENTER after
Select Format|Properties to change the checkbox properties.
Name - All checkboxes in the same list should be given the
same name. In the example above, the three checkboxes all have the
name "colleges". Value - The values of each checkbox must be different. "COB"
is being used as the value for the "College of Business"
checkbox. Initial state - If it is likely that the user will check
a certain checkbox, the box can be set to be checked initially.
Radio buttons allow the user to make only a single selection from
a list. Add a list of radio buttons by clicking the button on the
form toolbar, enter value, and press ENTER or SHIFT+ENTER
after each one.
Select Format|Properties to change the radio button properties.
These properties are similar to those for checkboxes.
If a check box or radio button is too long, a better choice may
be a drop-down menu. The menu will consolidate the choices and take
up less vertical space on the page. Add a drop-down menu to the
form by clicking its button on the form toolbar. Add values to the
menu by double-clicking on the menu. First, name the drop-down menu
in the first field. Add choices to the menu by clicking the Add...
Choice - This is the text that will appear in the menu Specify value - Unless another value is specified, the text
entered in the Choice line will be the value for the selection.
If you want the value to be different, check this box and enter
a new value. Initial state - One choice in the drop-down menu can be chosen
To change a choice, highlight it in the listing and click the Modify...
button or click Remove to delete the choice. Use the Move
Up and Move Down buttons to change the order of the list.
Height - Change this value to indicate the number of selections
that should be visible without clicking to view more.
Allow multiple selections - The user would be able to select
multiple items from the list by holding down the CTRL key
while clicking the names.