About Fat Web Pages

When you see the Fat Page logo, like the one to the left of this text, it means that the page contains a small embedded object that can be stored in Frontier's object database.

The embedded object could be a script, a text document, an outline, a menu of new commands or a table containing a collection of objects.

How to install a fat page object

To move the embedded object from a web page into your database:

  1. After the page has fully loaded, in your web browser, choose Save As from the File menu. Save the page into the Frontier folder. (Some browsers offer a choice of saving as Text or saving as Source; if you get that choice, you want the Source.)

  2. Bring Frontier to the front. Choose Open from the File menu. Open the file you just saved in the web browser.

  3. Click on OK to the confirmation dialog. A window opens containing the object.

Cross-platform, cross-browser

Fat pages work equally well on Mac and Windows, with Microsoft or Netscape browsers, any version. It's a low-tech distribution format that works everywhere we need it to work.

It's also the export format for Frontier. When you choose Export from the Main menu, it creates a file that's a fat page without any HTML text.

It's as safe as FTP

Important: No code runs from the page unless you choose to run it.

This method of software distribution is as safe as FTP.


The Fat Pages FAQ provides technical details on the format and encoding methods behind fat pages.

If you have Frontier objects that you want to distribute, see Developing Fat Pages for an explanation of how fat pages fit into the Frontier website framework.

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