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  • Copyright 2013
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-295357-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-295357-3

Do more with Microsoft Expression Web 4 SP2—in less time!

This is the world’s most expert, complete, and practical guide to succeeding with Expression Web 4 SP2! Microsoft insider Jim Cheshire presents today’s best solutions for everything you need to do with Expression Web 4 SP2 and its brand-new HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery tools!. Create, edit, and manage content… implement leading-edge designs… integrate dynamic content… add powerful features with no custom coding… leverage SP2’s latest time-saving features…do the job right, and do it fast!

  • “In the trenches” solutions, big-picture insights, real examples, time-saving shortcuts
  • Boost productivity with custom workspaces, Snapshot & Snippet panels, Universal
    Commenting, and other SP2 improvements
  • Optimize every phase of development, from site creation through reporting
  • Use Expression Web 4 features together to solve real web design problems
    and achieve real business goals
  • Build HTML5/CSS3 standards-compliant sites that work properly in any modern browser
  • Learn high-efficiency techniques for using tables, forms, and QuickTags
  • Add more dynamic, interactive content with Behaviors and Layers
  • Differentiate your site with dynamic components and client-side JavaScript
  • Use ASP.NET’s simple tools to display, edit, and manage data without custom code
  • Develop accessible, Section 508- or WCAG-compliant sites
  • Efficiently test sites and apps with SP2’s enhanced SuperPreview and remote browsing
  • Easily password-protect content with ASP.NET Login controls and membership features
  • Leverage Expression Web’s updated PHP 5.3 support, including module IntelliSense
    and “Open as PHP”
  • Efficiently troubleshoot any site development problem

 Register your book at www.quepublishing.com/title/9780789749192 to get the entire book in searchable PDF format, including all examples and sample files, plus a bonus four-chapter mini book on creating add-ins with JavaScript and HTML!

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Table of Contents


Who Should Use This Book? 1

Why Use Expression Web? 1

How This Book Is Organized 2

    Special Elements 3


I An Overview

1 An Overview of Expression Web 4 5

The Expression Web Interface 5

    Panels 5

    The Folder List 7

    The Design Surface 8

    The Status Bar 9

Working with Sites 9

    Creating Sites 9

    Site Reports 10

    Publishing Sites 10

Tools for Creating Pages 11

    Dynamic Web Templates 11

    Find and Replace 11

    Editing Tag Properties 12

    Quick Tag Tools 13

Powerful CSS Tools 13

    Style Builder 13

    Manage Styles Panel 14

    Apply Styles Panel 14

Site Optimization 16

    Accessibility Checker 16

    Compatibility Checker 16

    SEO Checker 17

    SuperPreview 17

    CSS Reports 17

Scripting and Dynamic Content 18

    Interactive Buttons 19

    Behaviors 19

    Layers 19

    Photoshop Content 21

    Deep Zoom Images 21

    Video 21

ASP.NET Controls 22

PHP Support 22

Data Access Features 23

Creating Add-Ins 23


II Creating Content in Expression Web 4

2 Creating, Opening, and Importing Sites 25

What Is a Site? 25

How Expression Web Maintains a Site 25

Sites and Subsites 27

Site Templates 27

Types of Sites 29

    Disk-Based Sites 29

    FTP Sites 32

    HTTP Sites 35

Importing Sites with the Import Site Wizard 38

    Choosing an Import Method 38

    Specifying a Destination Web Location 44

    Finishing the Site Import Process 44

Deciding on a Site Type 45

3 Creating Pages and Basic Page Editing 47

Creating Pages 47

    General Page 47

    ASP.NET Pages 49

    CSS Layouts 50

    Style Sheets 50

    Frames Pages 51

Importing Files 51

Formatting Text 52

    How Expression Web Formats Text 52

    Font Families 54

    Font Sizes 55

Creating Hyperlinks 55

    Targeting Hyperlinks 56

    Hyperlink Parameters 56

    HTML Bookmarks 57

    Hyperlink Screentips 58

Spell-Checking 59

Configuring Page Properties 60

    General Tab 60

    Formatting Tab 61

    Advanced Tab 61

    Custom Tab 62

    Language Tab 63

Using Code Snippets 63

Configuring File Editors 65

Making the Most of Code Snippets 68


4 Using Page Views 69

Introduction to Page Views 69

Working in Design View 70

    Visual Aids 70

    Ruler and Grid 74

    Tracing Images 76

    Adjusting Page Size 78

Working in Code View 79

    Customizing Code Formatting 81

    Quick Tag Tools 83

    IntelliSense 83

    Context Menu 84

    Bookmarks 84

Working in Split View 85

Taking Advantage of Page Views 86


5 Using Tables 87

The Origin of Tables 87

The Makeup of an HTML Table Tag 88

    The align Attribute 88

    Table Borders 90

    The cellpadding Attribute 91

    The cellspacing Attribute 92

    The frame Attribute 93

Rows, Columns, and Cells 93

    The colspan and rowspan Attributes 94

    Aligning Content in Cells 95

    middle 95

Tables in Expression Web 96

    Inserting Tables 97

    Customizing Tables 97

Designing for Multiple Resolutions Using Tables 106


6 Using Frames 109

Using Frames in Sites 109

    When to Use Frames 109

    When Not to Use Frames 110

Creating Frames Pages 110

Configuring Frames 112

    Splitting Frames 113

    Deleting Frames 114

Creating Alternative Content 114

Targeting Frames 115

Adding and Configuring Inline Frames 117

Tips for Frames 119

    Frame Borders 119

    Resizable Frames 120

    Breaking Out of a Frameset 121


7 Editing Tag Properties 123

An Introduction to Tag Properties 123

Understanding the Tag Properties Panel 123

Viewing Tag Properties with the Tag Properties Panel 126

Setting Tag Attributes with the Tag Properties Panel 128

    Creating a Page 128

    Setting Tag Properties 128

Using Events with the Tag Properties Panel 130

Tag Properties and Web Standards 131


8 Using the Quick Tag Tools 133

Introduction to the Quick Tag Tools 133

Locating and Selecting Elements Using the Quick Tag Selector 134

Editing Page Content Using the Quick Tag Editor 136

    Editing a Tag 137

    Removing a Tag 138

    Inserting HTML 140

    Wrapping a Tag 141

    Controlling Positioning 142

    Editing Tag Properties 142

When to Use the Quick Tag Editor 142


9 Using Graphics and Multimedia 145

Web Image Formats 145

    The GIF Format 145

    The JPEG Format 146

    The PNG Format 146

Inserting Images 146

Formatting Images 148

    Resizing Images 148

    Changing Picture Properties 149

Converting Images 151

Creating Image Thumbnails 153

    Configuring Auto Thumbnails 155

Creating Image Maps 156

Inserting Multimedia 157

    Inserting Flash Movies 157

    Inserting Silverlight Applications 159

    Inserting Silverlight Video 160

    Inserting Deep Zoom Images 161

    Inserting Windows Media 163

Importing Adobe Photoshop Files 167

Page Transitions 168

Serving Video 169


10 Using Find and Replace 171

An Introduction to Find and Replace 171

Finding and Replacing Text 172

    Using Regular Expressions 172

    Finding Text 173

    Replacing Text 176

Using HTML Rules in Find and Replace 179

Finding and Replacing HTML Tags 181

Saving Queries 182

Editing and Removing Recent Searches 183


11 Configuring Page Editor Options 187

Accessing Page Editor Options 187

Exploring Page Editor Options 187

    The General Tab 187

    AutoThumbnail Tab 191

    Default Fonts Tab 191

    Code Formatting Tab 191

    CSS Tab 191

    Color Coding Tab 193

    Authoring Tab 193

    Picture Tab 195

    Code Snippets Tab 195

    Ruler and Grid Tab 195

    IntelliSense Tab 197

    Font Families Tab 197

Experiment to Learn More 199


12 Maintaining Compatibility and Accessibility 201

An Introduction to Accessibility 201

Designing for Accessibility 202

    Accessible Hyperlinks 202

    Accessible Tables 203

    Accessible Frames 204

    Other Accessibility Considerations 204

Using the Accessibility Checker 205

    Checking Accessibility 205

Working with the Accessibility Panel 206

Generating Accessibility Reports 208

Designing for Compatibility 209

What Is Browser Compatibility? 209

Compatibility Features in Expression Web 210

    Identifying Code Problems 210

    Marking Invalid Code 213

    Using Reports to Find Problems 214

Seeing Color 216


13 Using SuperPreview 217

An Overview of SuperPreview 217

    SuperPreview 217

How SuperPreview Generates a Preview 218

The SuperPreview Interface 220

    Pointer Modes 220

    DOM Highlighting 220

    UI Helpers 220

    Layout Modes 221

    Preview URL 221

    Baseline and Comparison Browser Selectors 222

    DOM Tab 222

    Browser Size Drop-Down 224

Using SuperPreview to Preview Layout 224

    Setting Up the Previews 224

    Generating Previews 225

    Fixing Rendering Problems 225

Using the Snapshot Panel 229

Using Remote Browsers 230

Building Layouts with SuperPreview 232


III Publishing and Managing Websites

14 Publishing a Site 235

What Is Publishing? 235

Server Options for Publishing 236

    FTP 236

    FrontPage Server Extensions 237

    WebDAV 239

    File System 240

Publishing Content 241

    Configuring a Publishing Destination and Publishing a Site 241

    Publishing Selected Files and Synchronizing Files 244

    Optimizing HTML During Publishing 244

    Troubleshooting HTTP Publishing 246

Hosting Your Site 253


15 Site Management and Reporting 255

Site Settings 255

    General Tab 255

    Preview Tab 256

    Advanced Tab 257

    Publishing Tab 258

Site Reports 259

    Configuring Reports 261

    Saving Reports 263

Using SEO Reports to Increase Traffic 263


16 Using Personal Web Packages 267

What Are Web Packages? 267

Creating a Web Package 267

Importing a Web Package 270

Capitalizing on Web Packages 272


IV Using CSS in Expression Web 4

17 Creating Style Sheets 273

An Introduction to CSS 273

The Purpose of CSS 274

How CSS Is Applied to Pages 277

    External Style Sheets 277

    Embedded Style Sheets 277

    Inline Styles 278

Formatting Content with CSS 278

Positioning Content with CSS 284

CSS Classes 287

    Basic Application of a CSS Class 287

    Applying Multiple CSS Classes 289

    Pseudo-Classes 290

    Pseudo-Elements 291

Centering a DIV with CSS 292


18 Managing CSS Styles 293

Expression Web’s CSS Tools 293

    Apply Styles Panel 293

    Manage Styles Panel 293

    Link Style Sheet Dialog 295

    CSS Properties Panel 295

    CSS Reports 296

    Style Builder 297

Working with Styles 298

    Using the Manage Styles Panel 299

    Using the Apply Styles Panel 304

    Using the CSS Properties Panel 307

    Using the Style Builder 310

    Using the Attach Style Sheet and Link Style Sheet Dialogs 312

CSS Reports 313

    Checking for CSS Errors 313

    Checking CSS Usage 315

Arranging CSS Styles 315


V Scripting, DHTML, and Other Dynamic Content

19 Using Dynamic Web Templates 317

An Introduction to Dynamic Web Templates 317

Creating a Dynamic Web Template 318

    Creating a Page Layout 319

    Adding Editable Regions 319

Attaching a Dynamic Web Template 322

    Attaching to an Existing Page 322

    Attaching to a New Page 324

Updating a Site with Dynamic Web Templates 324

    Modifying a Dynamic Web Template 324

    Modifying an Attached Page in Code View 325

Managing Editable Regions 327

    Adding a New Editable Region 327

    Renaming an Existing Editable Region 328

    Resolving Mismatched Editable Regions 329

Detaching a Dynamic Web Template 330

Under the Hood 331


20 Using Interactive Buttons 333

Overview of Interactive Buttons 333

Inserting and Configuring Interactive Buttons 334

    The Button Tab 334

    The Font Tab 335

    The Image Tab 337

Saving an Interactive Button 339

Editing an Interactive Button 340

Practical Uses for Interactive Buttons 341


21 Using Behaviors 343

Understanding and Working with Behaviors 343

    Using the Behaviors Panel 343

    How Behaviors Work 344

    Adding Behaviors Within a Paragraph 344

Expression Web Behaviors 345

    The Call Script Behavior 345

    The Change Property Behavior 346

    The Change Property Restore Behavior 349

    The Go To URL Behavior 349

    The Jump Menu Behavior 350

    The Jump Menu Go Behavior 350

    The Open Browser Window Behavior 351

    The Play Sound Behavior 352

    The Popup Message Behavior 353

    The Preload Images Behavior 353

    The Set Text Behavior 354

    The Swap Image Behavior 357

    The Swap Image Restore Behavior 357

When to Use Behaviors 358


22 Client Scripting 359

A History of Browser Scripting 359

JavaScript Basics 361

    Adding JavaScript to a Page 361

    Linking to an External Script File 362

    Adding Inline JavaScript 363

The Document Object Model 363

    The window Object 364

    The document Object 365

Writing Simple Scripts 366

    Showing and Hiding Page Elements 366

    Accessing and Changing Attributes 371

    Form Field Validation 373

Debugging 377


23 Using Layers 379

Introduction to Layers 379

Inserting and Configuring Layers 380

    Adding Content to a Layer 381

    Resizing a Layer 382

    Creating and Working with Child Layers 383

Positioning Layers 386

Setting Layer Properties with Behaviors 387

    Setting the Visibility of Layers 387

    Adding Layer Interactivity 388

Z-Order Anomalies 393


24 Using Form Controls 395

Understanding HTML Forms 395

Using Form Controls in Expression Web 396

Creating a Form 397

Saving Form Results to a File or Email 400

    File Results Tab 401

    Email Results Tab 402

    Confirmation Page Tab 404

    Saved Fields Tab 406

Saving Form Results to a Database 407

    Updating a Database with New Fields 409

Hidden Form Fields 410


VI ASP.NET and PHP Development

25 Using Standard ASP.NET Controls 411

ASP.NET: A Brief Introduction 411

Creating ASP.NET Pages 412

The Basics of ASP.NET Controls 414

    Understanding Control Properties 415

An Overview of the Standard ASP.NET Controls 419

The AdRotator Control 420

    Creating a Simple AdRotator Page 422

    Creating the Advertisement File 422

The Calendar Control 426

    Formatting the Calendar Control 426

    Calendar Control Properties 427

The Wizard Control 431

    Wizard Steps 431

    Creating a Simple Wizard 432

Making ASP.NET Work for You 439

Formatting with Styles 439


26 Using ASP.NET Navigation Controls 441

Overview of Navigation Systems 441

Creating a Sitemap File 443

Using the ASP.NET Menu Control 444

    Creating a Test Site 445

    Adding a Menu Control 446

    Formatting the Menu Control 448

Using the ASP.NET TreeView Control 451

    Formatting the TreeView Control 453

Using the ASP.NET SiteMapPath Control 457

    Formatting the SiteMapPath Control 458

Improving Navigation with Master Pages 459


27 Using ASP.NET Master Pages and

User Controls 461

The Need for a Common Layout 461

The Master Page 461

The Content Page 464

Developing a Master Page Site 467

    Creating the Master Page 467

    Creating the Content Page 473

Extend Reusability with ASP.NET User Controls 475

28 Developing a Login System Using ASP.NET 477

Website Login Systems 477

Overview of ASP.NET Login Controls 478

    The Login Control 478

    LoginStatus Control 482

    LoginName Control 482

    ChangePassword Control 482

    PasswordRecovery Control 487

    CreateUserWizard Control 488

    LoginView Control 489

Creating a Login Solution 491

    Configuring the Website (IIS 5 or IIS 6) 492

    Configuring the Website (IIS 7.x) 494

    Configuring the Website (Microsoft Expression Development Server) 502

    Creating the Web Pages 504

Using Web Deploy to Publish a Membership Database 507


29 Form Validation Using ASP.NET 511

The Need for Form Validation 511

    The ASP.NET Validation Controls 511

    Common Properties 513

    Creating a Validated Form 515

Validation Groups 521


30 Using ASP.NET Web Parts 523

An Introduction to Web Parts 523

Creating ASP.NET User Controls 524

Web Parts Controls in the Toolbox 525

Creating a Web Parts Page 526

Web Parts Page Display Modes 529

    Creating a User Control That Sets the Display Mode 530

    Adding Code to Change the Display Mode 531

The Web Parts Catalog 534

Editing Web Parts Controls 537


31 Using ASP.NET Ajax 541

What Is Ajax? 541

Microsoft’s ASP.NET Ajax 541

    Client-Side Ajax 542

    Server-Side Ajax 542

    Microsoft Ajax Control Toolkit 543

Adding Ajax Functionality to a Web Form 543

    Creating a Site and Page 543

    Adding Server-Side Code 545

    Adding a ScriptManager Control 546

    Adding an UpdatePanel Control 548

Using Client-Side Ajax 549

    Adding a to the Web Form 549

    Creating the Client Library 549

    Adding the Client Script to the ScriptManager Control 550


32 Using PHP 553

An Introduction to PHP 553

    PHP Syntax 553

Installing PHP 557

    Installing IIS 7 and FastCGI 557

    Installing PHP 559

    Configuring the Microsoft Expression Development Server for PHP 560

    Enabling PHP for IIS Using FastCGI 561

Creating PHP Pages 562

    Previewing the Page 563

PHP in Design View 566

PHP in Code View 568

    PHP Syntax Highlighting 568

    Using IntelliSense with PHP 568

    Setting PHP-Specific IntelliSense Options 570

PHP Script Options 572

    Form Variable 572

    URL Variable 573

    Session Variable 573

    Cookie Variable 574

    Include Once 574

    Code Block 575

    Comment 576

Displaying PHP Information 577


33 Using the Microsoft Expression Development Server 579

Introduction to the Microsoft Expression Development Server 579

How to Use the Microsoft Expression Development Server 581

Limitations of the Microsoft Expression Development Server 583

    Process Identity 583

    No Remote Access 584

    No Support for ASP Pages 584

Starting the Microsoft Expression Development Server from the Command Prompt 585


VII Managing Data with ASP.NET

34 Displaying and Editing Database Data with ASP.NET 587

A History of Data Access 587

Data Access Technologies in Expression Web 588

ASP.NET and Other Web Application Platforms 588

    ASP.NET Data Source Controls 589

    AccessDataSource Control 589

    SqlDataSource Control 591

    SiteMapDataSource Control 591

    XmlDataSource Control 592

Displaying Data with ASP.NET 592

    Displaying Data in Tabular Form 592

    Sorting the GridView 595

Editing Data with ASP.NET 597

    Configuring the Data Source 597

    Configuring the GridView 598

    Testing the Page 599

Creating a Master/Detail View 600

    Creating the Master View 600

    Creating the Detail View 601


35 Sending Email Using ASP.NET 605

A Typical Contact Form 605

Creating the Contact Form 606

Adding and Configuring ASP.NET Validation Controls 608

    Adding the Validation Controls 608

Writing ASP.NET Code to Send Email 611

Displaying a Confirmation Page 613


VIII Creating Add-Ins Using JavaScript and HTML (Online Only)

36 Expression Web 4 Add-in Basics 615

Add-ins in Expression Web 615

Expression Web 4 JavaScript Add-ins 616

The Makeup of Expression Web Addins 616

XML Basics 617

General Manifest Elements and Attributes 618

    src (optional) 618

    legacy (optional) 619

    developer (optional) 619

    navigationallowed (optional) 619

     (required) 620

     (optional) 620

     (optional) 620

     (optional) 621

     (optional) 621

     (optional) 621

     (optional) 621

     (optional) 622

Commands and Dialog Boxes 622

    id (required) 622

    filetype (optional) 622

    onclick (optional) 623

Menus and Toolbars 624

     (optional) 624

     (optional) 626

Panels 627

     (optional) 628

Menu and Command Bar Reference 630

    Menus 631

    Toolbars 650


37 Creating and Manipulating an Add-in User Interface 661

Planning an Add-in 661

Creating the Manifest with the Add-in Builder 662

    Creating the Manifest 662

    Editing the Manifest 667

Creating the User Interfaces 667

    Creating a Custom Page Size for Panels 668

    Creating the Panel’s Interface 669

    Creating the Options Dialog Interface 672

Adding Functionality with JavaScript 673

    JavaScript for panel.htm 673

    JavaScript for options.htm 679

    The Set Page Title Dialog 680

Accessing Managed Classes from JavaScript 682

    Creating a Managed Class 683

    Editing the Add-in Manifest to Load the Managed Class 686

    Calling the Managed Class 687

Summary 687



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