What is a 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.
WebBots are the mechanism for invoking many of the
interactive features built into FrontPage. These
features are added to your web through the FrontPage
Editor | Insert FrontPage Component.
Some, such as Include and Substitution allow elements of
the web to be entered once and included in any or all of
the pages by inserting the Bot component referencing
that element for example a logo or a navigation bar.
Changes made to the "master" element are made
automatically to any page containing the referencing
By using Web Components in Microsoft FrontPage, you can
add a wide variety of features to your Web site, ranging
from hit counters that register the number of visitors
to a page, to photo galleries that display a collection
WebBot and forms
A webbot tag appears in your forms code when you use
FrontPage Web components. These components are built-in
FrontPage objects that are evaluated and executed when
an author saves a page or, in some cases, when a user
browses to the page. FrontPage components generate HTML,
or, in some cases, client-side or server-side script
The following are a few webbot code-generating
components that are related to forms:
List of FrontPage WebBot Components
FrontPage components are built-in FrontPage objects that
are evaluated and executed when an author saves a page
or, in some cases, when a user browses to the page.
FrontPage components generate HTML, or, in some cases,
client-side or server-side script code.
Run-time components expand dynamically when the page
containing the component is fetched by a browser, or for
Form handler components when a form is submitted. This
is similar to a CGI script running on the server.
Authoring-time components expand only when the page is
saved, and not when the page is fetched by a browser.
A dynamic object on a page that is evaluated and
executed when the author saves the page or, in some
cases, when the user browses to the page. Most WebBot
components generate HTML.
WebBot form component
A FrontPage WebBot component that supplies processing of
WebBot Confirmation Field component
A FrontPage WebBot component that is replaced with the
contents of a form field that have been filled out by a
site visitor. It is useful on a form confirmation page,
where it can echo the userís name or any other data
entered into a field. You can use these components to
show users the information they have entered in the form
fields (such as their names or mailing addresses), so
that they can confirm its accuracy.
WebBot Discussion component
A FrontPage form handler that allows users to
participate in an online discussion. The WebBot
Discussion component collects information from a form,
formats it into an HTML page, and adds the page to a
table of contents and to a text index. In addition, the
WebBot Discussion Form Handler gathers information from
the form and stores it in a format that you specify,
such as HTML or ASCII text.
WebBot Registration component
A WebBot form component that allows users to
automatically register themselves for access to a
service implemented as a World Wide Web site. The WebBot
Registration component adds the user to the service's
authentication database, then optionally gathers
information from the form and stores it in one of many
available formats , such as HTML or ASCII text. You can
access the Registration component from the Form
Properties dialog box.
WebBot Save Results component
A WebBot form component that gathers information from a
form and stores it in one of a selection of formats such
as HTML or ASCII text. When a user submits the form, the
WebBot Save Results component appends the form
information to a file on the server in a specified
format. You can access the Save Results Form Handler
from the Form Properties dialog box.
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