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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Text & Paragraph Formatting

Formatting text and paragraphs in FrontPage is similar to formatting in Word.

return to topApplying Styles

A style is a preformatted definition of how selected text appears on the web page. For example, a style called Heading 1 applies a large font size and boldface to the selected text. Most styles affect the entire paragraph rather than a portion. Use text formatting, rather than styles, for words or individual characters. FrontPage styles include Heading 1 (largest) to Heading 6 (smallest) and others, including formatting for lists. For information on creating lists for information or steps, refer to Bulleted and Numbered Lists: Basics.

Many paragraph and heading style options are found in the Style pull-down list. Individual text formatting options can be selected from the Font dialog box or by clicking the Formatting toolbar buttons.
Style pull-down list

return to topAccessibility for the Vision-Impaired

When applying any styles (e.g., color, font, size), it is important to remember the usability of the web page. A large number of Web users throughout the world have vision impairments. Here are a few simple techniques you can use for text formatting so that the vision-impaired are able to read your web page.

Using Font Sizes

When the web designer applies a font size, it may not consistently remain that size for every viewer. Many browsers have different settings that allow users to change the font size according to their comfortable reading level. If the designer uses font markups, the browser can open the page and show the text without distorting any of the margins or columns. But if the designer specifies type sizes, many browsers can only open the site using these specific fonts and sizes. This can make it extremely difficult to read for a person with limited vision.

Using Headings

It is a good practice to use headings in your web documents. Headings provide the user with an orientation to the organization and hierarchy of the information on your page. FrontPage provides six pre-formatted heading styles.

Using Scrolling or Moving Text

To liven up a page, some designers use scrolling or moving text. While a person using a screen reader may not have any difficulties with this, a person with partial vision might not be able to read the moving text. Moving text can also be distracting to a person with normal vision; therefore, it is a good idea to avoid using this altogether.

Using Color

As a web designer, you should know how something so simple as a color decision can make your web page go from colorful to unreadable. Web users with vision impairments struggle with poorly designed web pages. For example, color blind users are often unable to differentiate between colors of a similar hue when those colors are of the same lightness and saturation, like the colors red and green. For more information on designing pages that are accessible to visually-impaired users, refer to Web Publishing and Color Vision.

Using Lists

For the vision-impaired, bulleted and numbered lists can be very hard to understand if not created properly. For instruction on how to create lists that are user-friendly for visually impaired individuals, refer to Making Lists Accessible for the Vision-Impaired.

return to topApplying Paragraph Styles

Applying paragraph styles will enhance your document. Paragraph styles are a good way to make your page more navigable by using, for example, larger font sizes and bold headings.

  1. Select the text to be formatted
    OR
    Place the insertion point within the paragraph to be formatted
    HINT: Remember that styles apply to the entire paragraph.

  2. On the Formatting toolbar, from the Style pull-down list, select the appropriate option(s)
    Style pull-down list

return to topApplying Text Styles

Applying text styles enhances your web page by creating words or characters with varying designs. To apply text styles to an entire paragraph, refer to Applying Paragraph Styles.

Applying Text Styles: Toolbar Option

  1. Select the text to be formatted

  2. On the Formatting toolbar, click the appropriate button(s)
    Formatting toolbar

Applying Text Styles: Dialog Box Option

The Font dialog box is used to adjust font style, weight (e.g., bold), and relative size, as well as to apply effects (e.g., underlining) and font color.

  1. Select the text to be formatted

  2. From the Format menu, select Font...
    The Font dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Font tab
    Font dialog box

  4. Under Font, Font style, Size, Color, and Effects, make the appropriate changes

  5. Click OK

return to topSuperscripts and Subscripts

FrontPage supports the creation of superscript and subscript characters. This formatting is designated using the Font dialog box as demonstrated below.

  1. Select the text to be formatted

  2. From the Format menu, select Font...
    The Font dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Font tab

  4. Under Effects, select Superscript or Subscript

  5. Click OK

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