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When I click 'Submit' nothing happens?
If you create a form, and while testing it nothing happens when you click Submit, do the following:

Make sure that you specified a form handler

  1. Right-click the form, and then click Form Properties.

  2. Configure your form to send information to:

  • A file in a specified folder

  • An e-mail address

  • A database (one that already exists or that FrontPage creates for you)

  • A custom script that you write to specify how to save your form results

Make sure that the button is set as a submit button

  1. Double-click the submit button.

  2. In the Push Button Properties dialog box, make sure that Button type is set as Submit and not Normal or Reset.

Why The text I typed in a form disappears when I click 'Submit'?
If the text that you type in a form disappears when you click Submit, verify that your submit button is not set as a reset button.

Do the following:

  1. Double-click the Submit button.

  2. In the Push Button Properties dialog box, make sure that Button type is set as Submit and not Reset.

Why File Upload command is unavailable or appears dimmed?
When you create forms in FrontPage 2003, you may find that the File Upload command is unavailable or appears dimmed on the Form command, from the Insert menu. If so, any of the following could be the cause:
For security reasons, some server administrators do not allow you to set the properties for the File Upload command. If the File Upload command appears dimmed, see your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP)

For you to use the File Upload command, your Web site must be located on a Web server that is running FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions.  Ask your Web server administrator or ISP whether your server is running one of these technologies.  The File Upload command is not supported on a Web site that is hosted on a server running FrontPage 2000 Server Extensions from Microsoft. Site visitors must use Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later or Netscape Navigator 2.0 or later to upload files by using the File Upload command.

Why My form fields are not displayed?
When you are working on forms, if your form fields are not displayed, verify the following:

What server technology is your Internet service provider using?

Contact your server administrator or your Internet service provider (ISP) and verify that one of the following is installed on the server: FrontPage® Server Extensions from Microsoft or SharePoint® Services (SharePoint® Team Services from Microsoft or Microsoft Windows® SharePoint® Services).

Are your form fields contained within a form?

When you want to create a form, Microsoft Office FrontPage inserts a rectangular area outlined with a dashed line, into which you can add text and form fields. If your form fields are not inside this rectangular area, they won't work.

To move a form field that is outside the rectangular area, click the form field and then drag it inside the dashed line.

Access form results from a file on my Web server?
Important  When you configure your form results to be saved to a file, it is best to use the FrontPage default folder, _private. This folder is a hidden folder that site visitors cannot open.

Open the Web site, and then open the _private folder.

This is the default folder where form results are sent. If you configured your form to be saved to a different folder, open that folder.

An error message tells me to contact my Webmaster
When you are working on forms, if you get an error message telling you to contact your Webmaster, do one or more of the following:

Verify that your form is configured correctly

  1. Do one of the following (depending on what kind of form it is):
    -Right-click the form, and then click Form Properties.
    -Double-click the form.

  2. Check and correct the settings, as appropriate.

Check the server technology that your Internet service provider is using

Contact your Web host or Internet service provider (ISP) and verify that either FrontPage® Server Extensions from Microsoft or SharePoint Services (SharePoint® Team Services 1.0 from Microsoft or Microsoft Windows® SharePoint Services) is installed on the server.
My published guest book pages are blank
If you have created and published a Web site that includes a guest book, and then you later update your Web site and republish all of your files, your guest book will be replaced by a blank one.

To avoid that situation, publish your Web site first, and then republish any files that contain Web components, such as guest book forms, hit counters
 , or discussion Web sites.


Glossary FrontPage

Internet service provider (ISP) (ISP: A business that provides access to the Internet for such things as electronic mail, chat rooms, or use of the World Wide Web. Some ISPs are multinational, offering access in many locations, while others are limited to a specific region.).

Extensions (FrontPage Server Extensions: A set of programs and scripts that support authoring in FrontPage and extend the functionality of a Web server.)

hidden folder (hidden folder: A folder in a Web site in FrontPage that has a name beginning with an underscore character, as in _hidden. By default, pages and files in hidden folders cannot be viewed in a Web browser.)

hit counters (Hit Counter component: A component in FrontPage that keeps track of the number of visitors to a World Wide Web site.)

WebBot a Web component, sometimes called a WebBot, is a dynamic object on a Web page that is evaluated and executed when a page is saved or, in some cases, opened in a Web browser. The Date and Time component and the Table of Contents for This Web Site component are examples of FrontPage Web components.

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