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FP98: General Information about Active Channel Technology

Article ID: 173920

Article Last Modified on 8/27/2002


  • Microsoft FrontPage 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173920


This article describes what a channel is and how to subscribe to a channel.


A channel is a method that gives users the ability to browse a page or group of pages offline by subscribing to that page or group of pages. Unlike a full site subscription, which allows a user to download every page within a subscribed site, a channel defines a subset of pages which are monitored for updates and downloaded as needed on an established schedule. The schedule can be established either in the Channel Definition File or in the subscribing browser. A channel can also be configured to e-mail its subscribers when new content is available on the channel.

You can subscribe to a channel by clicking a hyperlink to the Channel Definition Format (CDF) file with a browser that supports Active Channel technology such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 4.0. When you click the CDF file, the file is processed by the browser and then downloaded to the your computer so that you can view it while you are offline.


For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

174055 FP98: How to Create a Channel Definition File

For more information about Active Channel technology, please see the following Microsoft World Wide Web site:

For more information about active channels, click the Index tab in FrontPage Help, type the following text


and then double-click the selected text to go to the Channels topic.

Additional query words: Channels IE40 98 front page

Keywords: kbinfo KB173920