It only takes 5 minutes or so to set up FP to write whatever kind of code you want.
Okay, you got me. Busted! I think FP2K is the only version I've messed with, so I can't say anything about FP2K3.
I'm currently using it...there's no hint in the code that they were developed using FP...Frontpage itself never really added a heck of a lot besides its webbots...Most of the old "code bloat" talk was from folks pasting formatted text in from MS Word and the like.
I just finished a migration of 90+ sites on our company Intranet where at least half were done with FP2K, and out of those about 75% contained some type of database functionality. If anyone who uses FP on a regular basis has NOT looked at any of the database related code, you should really check it because you will see exactly what I mean about bloated. Many of the parameters are included in webbot tags which make it very difficult to make any changes without firing up FP. I'm not saying this is good or bad design, just that it's not quick or easy to do by hand.
My "bitterness" towards FP comes from dealing with too many projects that were created by the secretary/receptionist/webmaster where all they knew was how to copy-N-paste or "Save as HTML" from Word, and use those *bleeping* Java applet menus. EVIL! And because they had no idea what they were doing, they also contributed to the gazillion orphaned and/or nested font tags that accounted for half of the file size. GRRRRRR!
Oh yea, I almost left out the best part. The Sr.Developer has pretty much banned FP from being used to maintain any site post-migration. w00t! Happy day