Using Interactive Buttons in Shared Borders or Include Pages involves overcoming problems and restrictions in the Web construction. These pages describe the problems encountered building these pages, and the solutions found.
In this web, Interactive Buttons are placed into the top border area of the pages shown in the following table. The table also shows how the pages were constructed (shared border, include page, DWT) and how they fare in real life.
The first eight pages are merely examples; the remaining pages show how to make the pages, and how to fix them.
|Page||Location||Shared Border (containing IBs)||Include Page||DWT||Use|
|Borders Two||pages2/buttontest.aspx||left, bottom||Broken|
The pages were built using the GUI (Design View) of FP2003; code view was used for reference, but not for direct editing (except for adding HTML that cannot be added from the GUI, for example <code>..</code> tags).
The stability of the finished pages can best be described as quirky - in my opinion the effort required in overcoming the restrictions and correcting mistakes is not worth it.
A better method of incorporating Interactive Buttons on many pages is to use Dynamic Web Templates (DWT).
Although this web was built as a subweb, the text implies that the pages are located in the root of the web; all the principles discussed apply equally to both root webs and subwebs.
The restrictions outlined in restrict.htm make the whole method of using Interactive Buttons in Shared Borders or Include Pages impractical in many cases. However, for the inquisitive and foolhardy, "How To" explains the process of using Interactive Buttons in shared borders. Include pages may be used in a similar manner.