Company: digitale informationssysteme for Brockhaus
Frontier scripting: Christoph Pingel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christoph Pingel describes the project:
From the first moment, it was evident that the Chronik part of the site would best be done with Frontier: Lots of information in the same layout, with the same features, presented in chronological order.
The editors provide the pictures for every month and a tab delimited text containing the subject, text and picture ID for each single "event". If there are references to the picture in the text, there is an additional version for the plain text without pictures.
Let's have a look at the workflow:
Step 1: Parsing Information
For the pictures, a PhotoShop action produces a second "small" image with a fixed width that appears on the web page along the text. In Frontier, we create a table with the widths and heights of the images of both the large and small image folders.
Step 2: Creating the web site inside Frontier
Step 3: The web site is rendered
To make everything manageable for someone who is not proficient with Frontier, all necessary actions are accessible through a custom menu.
It was good to see that Frontier works seamless in conjunction with "advanced" DHTML (the templates were done with DreamWeaver); there is almost no tag or script on these pages that doesn't receive some values automatically at rendertime from within Frontier. With some scripting effort, there were absolutely no restrictions imposed on our chosen page design by the scripting tool - which is better than I initially expected.
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