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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 WebBot.


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 of graphics.

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 code.

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 a form.


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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