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
Click Next > on the the first explanatory wizard
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
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
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
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
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 each
Select Format|Properties to change the checkbox
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
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
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
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 initially.
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.