Why would I choose for a page to be created in the foreground or in the background in SharePoint 2007?

Whether you choose to create a page in the foreground or in the background should depend in large part on your page creation and editing process.

If different people are responsible for creating the document and for editing and approving the page

If the people who create the source document and the people who edit and approve the page are different people, you should consider background page creation, because the people who create the document may not need to work with the resulting Web page. Hence, there is no reason for the document creator to wait for the conversion process to finish. By returning to the document library, the document creator is often ready to start the process again with a new document.

By queuing the document conversion request, you ensure that pages that were created by document conversion are prepared for editing and approval in the same order that they were submitted to the queue.

If you choose to create the page in the background, you can also specify that certain people receive e-mail messages from the system when the conversion process is complete. This can help you to coordinate the page’s publication.

If one person is responsible for creating the document and for editing and approving the page

If the same person creates the document and edits and approves the Web page, choosing foreground page creation makes sense, because the document creator probably needs to work with the resulting Web page as soon as the conversion process is complete. Moreover, by waiting for the conversion process and then proceeding to page editing and approval, continuity of task is preserved: The page creator can make sure that the page is ready before moving on to the next Web page.

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~ by Neha Sinha on March 12, 2008.

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