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The 6 students are employees of a various members of a club in which I am active. All are end-users, none have aspirations of becoming developers. I know a couple of the companies are very large, and a couple are medium, and a couple are small. That is all I know.
I have copies of the Microsoft Press FrontPage 2003 Step-by-Step book. I am considering just teaching from an outline and giving the books as reference manuals. The class will be hands-on (everyone has a computer).
I think I will start with a very quick HTML tutorial (do a little in notepad).
What do you think are the most important points to make, practices to do, and order to do things in?
I'd sure appreciate any advice as I believe in doing things as best you can and getting advice from experts whenever possible.
I am surprised there weren't more replies to this thread. I thought folks would have opinions they would share, like do layout in tables, use styles, do not use shared borders, forget themes, and such.
Okay, you asked for it. There are many right now thinking "oh no, don't get pageone started, please?". ;)
Since these users will be working with FrontPage's WYSIWYG environment and don't want to learn html (I don't blame them), then your focus should be on what they can do by pushing the buttons, dragging and dropping, the right way vs. the wrong way. Drag this, and this happens. Now, drag it this way, and see the difference? Show them before and after.
You cannot teach FrontPage in a day or two. Sorry, it just doesn't work that way. If the users want to read the books in advance of your arrival, that would make your session(s) with them that much more productive. They need to understand some basic concepts and their working environments need to be more user friendly (customize the toolbars, the workspace, etc.).
I'll assume that you are already working with a predesigned template? That is the only way to go. There are thousands of them out there and some of them are very nice, use CSS and validate. FrontPage 2003 out of the box has a few default templates they can use but I'm sure they want to be a little more creative than that.
They are going need total plug and play functionality and they may be better off looking at SharePoint Team Services instead. Much more robust and it allows teams to work seamlessly together.
What your people need is a CMS system. FrontPage can be configured to do that, but it would take a good month or two to train everyone. ;)