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  • Do people even USE Microsoft FrontPage these days?

    I was recently called about a Graphic/Web Designer position and the listed required skills didn't include HTML, CSS, etc., only Microsoft FrontPage. Do people even use this program for web design these days? Should I be concerned that they wouldn't have the professional software I'd need to do the job?
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  • #2
    Well, the University I work for recently ended its Macromedia studio site license, and their recommended replacement was Frontpage.

    Fortunately, the department I work in had the good sense to immediately go out and get me a Dreamweaver license. So, I guess some people must still use it.

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    • #3
      very few. It's been discontinued now as well. I'd steer well clear of a position that was only interested in software knowledge

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      • #4
        ew
        You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. --GWB

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        • #5
          hehe, the only reason that I use it is to strip out bad formatting.

          copy+ Paste + text only = only <p> paragraph </p>.

          Then I take that code and place it in my Cute editor to add in CSS and formatting tags.

          Makes life soooo much easier when the website was originally built in Word. I've even cleaned up a FP mess with FP

          Other than that the only other time I've used it is to "update" a couple sites that I only did the template for. blech.

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          • #6
            on the other hand, if you go in showing a knowledge of actually being a professional designer it could put you to the top of the list of candidates, i'd say if you're looking for work it's at least worth looking in to
            You see, whenever I start feeling sick, I just stop being sick and be awesome instead. True story.

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            • #7
              Frontpage has been replaced by a program called "Expressions Web" I use it for it's excellent drag & drop ftp feature. I've never used it for designing a site so I have no idea what kind of code it generates.

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              • #8
                Some of our stores will design sites on their own, and are more than happy to use Frontpage. Just so long as I don't have to mess with it afterwards.

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                • #9
                  I think Microsoft bought the software - that is to be Frontpage's successor - from another company, so it has potential to be decent.

                  The very last time I touched Frontpage was when a friend asked me to go to his acquaintance's home to fix something on his website (a little $$$ in it for me). I got there and he pulled up his FrontPage site. My friend must have been able to read my expression because he had a face that read "Don't you say anything!"

                  The guy thought that moving some images out of his directory (not "that" many images) would improve site performance (sitewide). I was about to argue, but I wanted to get out of there and collect my $20 so I'm like "Yeah, sure."

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                  • #10
                    Believe it or not, I know of at least 2 that still use MS FrontRage. However the founder of this forum is the only person I've ever seen use it and get good coding out of it. I dunno what special tricks he knows about the thing, but he got pretty good coding out of it. Any other attempt I've seen using it was just painful to view source on.
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                    • #11
                      If you use the code view then you can get perfect code out of it. Same with all these programs - if you use the WYSIWYG features, you'll get bad, bloated code. - FP creating some of the worst I've seen. GoLive is quick on it's heels mind

                      The text editors i have used produce great code

                      As Lee Trevino once said - "it's not the arrow, it's the Indian" (probably not PC now though - sorry!)

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                      • #12
                        If all they asked for is Frontpage, they have no clue what they are doing. I would avoid them.

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                        • #13
                          I've interviewed on jobs that wouldn't consider me because I never used Screamweaver in my life. They couldn't grasp the concept that there was nothing it did that I couldn't do directly in notepad.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JPnyc
                            I've interviewed on jobs that wouldn't consider me because I never used Screamweaver in my life. They couldn't grasp the concept that there was nothing it did that I couldn't do directly in notepad.
                            Do you think that was because they didn't understand that if you quit or dropped dead then they could just open everything in dreamweaver anyway and wouldn't have to trawl through code in notepad? I had someone who thought that if I didn't create a site in dreamweaver then he couldn't edit it in dreamweaver, which means he probably shouldn't be editing it anyway, but hey.
                            at best my spelling *and grammar* is crap and at worst it are be carp

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JPnyc
                              I've interviewed on jobs that wouldn't consider me because I never used Screamweaver in my life. They couldn't grasp the concept that there was nothing it did that I couldn't do directly in notepad.
                              I couldnt work for somebody who didn't know. Especially if it was a web position.

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