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    • Copyright 2008
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3784-1
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3784-7

    Special Edition Using Microsoft® Expression® Web 2

    The only EXPRESSION WEB 2 book you need

    The successor to the best-selling book on the first release of Microsoft Expression Web, this book provides comprehensive coverage of Microsoft Expression Web 2. You’ll learn the basics of Web design and Expression Web 2 and gain valuable insight into Expression Web 2’s advanced features, such as ASP.NET and PHP development. If you’re interested in learning how to design standards-compliant Web sites using Expression Web 2, this is the only book you need.

         •    Create standards-compliant Web sites with Expression Web 2 that work consistently in all browsers.

         •    Become proficient in the use of CSS by learning how to use the powerful CSS tools in Expression Web 2.

         •    Learn how to take advantage of ASP.NET and ASP.NET AJAX without writing any code.

         •    Learn how to use the new PHP features available in Expression Web 2.

         •    Add dynamic, interactive content with Behaviors and Layers.

         •    Design your Web site for accessibility using both Section 508 and WCAG compliance.

    “Expression Web was built to help web authors create standards-based and standards-compliant web sites. Jim Cheshire has a broad understanding of those standards and a deep appreciation of Expression Web. Put the two together and you’ve got a guide that helps you understand and build sites that meet the challenges of modern Web design.”

    —Steven Guttman,

    Product Unit Manager,

    Expression Web

    Jim Cheshire is the owner of Jimco Software, a freeware software company and technology review site, and is the author of several books on Web development and ASP.NET. Jim has been heavily involved in Web development for more than a decade and has operated and designed many Web sites during that time. He’s been featured in numerous publications, including MSDN Magazine and PC Magazine. Jim previously worked on the FrontPage team at Microsoft and currently is an escalation engineer on the ASP.NET and IIS teams.

    Category:  Web Development

    Covers    Microsoft Expression Web 2

    User Level    Beginning—Advanced

    On the CD-ROM

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         •    Electronic version of this book in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF)

    Cover image: Digital Vision Photography/Veer Inc.

    Sample Content

    Online Sample Chapter

    Publishing a Web Site in Microsoft Expression Web 2

    Sample Pages

    Download the sample pages

    Table of Contents


    Who Should Read This Book?

    Why Use Expression Web 2?

    How This Book Is Organized

        Special Elements

    Lagniappe (lan yap’) n., a gift or bonus

    Part I An Overview of Expression Web 2

    Chapter 1 A Tour of Expression Web 2

    The Expression Web 2 Interface

        Task Panes

        The Folder List

        The Design Surface

        The Status Bar

    Working with Web Sites

        Creating Web Sites

        Web Site Reports

        Publishing Web Sites

    Tools for Creating Pages

        Powerful Table Tools

        Dynamic Web Templates

        Find and Replace

        Editing Tag Properties

        Quick Tag Tools

    Powerful CSS Tools

        Style Builder

        Manage Styles Task Pane

        Apply Styles Task Pane

    Site Optimization

        Accessibility Reports

        Compatibility Reports

        CSS Reports

    Scripting and Dynamic Content

        Interactive Buttons



    ASP.NET Controls

    PHP Support

    Data Access Features

    Lagniappe: Extending Expression Web 2

    Part II Web Sites in Expression Web 2

    Chapter 2 Creating a Web Site

    What Is a Web Site?

    How Expression Web 2 Maintains a Web Site

    Web Sites and Subsites

    Web Site Templates

    Types of Web Sites

        Disk-based Web Sites

        FTP Web Sites

        HTTP Web Sites


    Lagniappe: Deciding on a Web Site Type

    Chapter 3 Publishing a Web Site

    What Is Publishing?

    Server Options for Publishing

        FrontPage Server Extensions



        File System

    Publishing Content

        Configuring Publish Options

        Optimizing HTML During Publishing

        The Remote Web Site View

        Troubleshooting HTTP Publishing


    Lagniappe: Hosting Your Web Site

    Chapter 4 Web Site Management and Reporting

    Web Site Settings

        General Tab

        Preview Tab

        Advanced Tab

        Language Tab

    Web Site Reports

        Configuring Reports

        Saving Reports


    Lagniappe: Better Web Site Reporting

    Chapter 5 Importing a Web Site

    Moving Web Sites by Importing

    Using the Import Web Site Wizard

        Step 1: Choosing an Import Method

        Step 2: Specifying a Destination Web Site Location

        Step 3: Finish


    Lagniappe: Importing Versus Publishing

    Chapter 6 Using Personal Web Packages

    What Are Personal Web Packages?

    Creating a Personal Web Package

    Importing a Personal Web Package


    Lagniappe: Capitalizing on Personal Web Packages

    Part III Creating and Editing Web Content

    Chapter 7 Creating Pages and Content

    Creating Web Pages

        General Page

        ASP.NET Pages

        CSS Layouts

        Style Sheets

        Frames Pages

    Importing Files

    Importing Adobe Photoshop Files

    Formatting Text

        How Expression Web 2 Formats Text

        Font Families

        Font Sizes

    Creating Hyperlinks

        Targeting Hyperlinks

        Hyperlink Parameters

        HTML Bookmarks

        Hyperlink ScreenTips


    Configuring Page Properties

        General Tab

        Formatting Tab

        Advanced Tab

        Custom Tab

        Language Tab

    Using Code Snippets

    Configuring File Editors


    Lagniappe: Making the Most of Code Snippets

    Chapter 8 Using Web Page Views

    Introduction to Page Views

    Working in Design View

        Visual Aids

        Formatting Marks

        Ruler and Grid

        Tracing Images

        Adjusting Page Size

    Working in Code View

        Customizing Code Formatting

        Quick Tag Tools


        Context Menu


    Working in Split View


    Lagniappe: Taking Advantage of Page Views

    Chapter 9 Using Tables and Layout Tables

    The Origin of Tables

    The Makeup of an HTML Table Tag

        The align Attribute

        The border Attribute

        The cellpadding Attribute

        The cellspacing Attribute

        The frame Attribute

    Rows, Columns, and Cells

        The colspan and rowspan Attributes

        Aligning Content in Cells

    Tables in Expression Web 2

        Inserting Tables

        Customizing Tables

    Layout Tables and Cells

        Designing Layout with Tables

    Using the Layout Tables Task Pane


    Lagniappe: Designing for Multiple Resolutions Using Tables

    Chapter 10 Using Frames

    Using Frames in Web Sites

        When to Use Frames

        When Not to Use Frames

    Creating Frames Pages

    Configuring Frames

        Splitting Frames

        Deleting Frames

    Creating Alternative Content

    Targeting Frames

    Adding and Configuring Inline Frames


    Lagniappe: Tips for Frames

        Frame Borders

        Resizable Frames

        Breaking Out of a Frameset

    Chapter 11 Using Form Controls

    Understanding HTML Forms

    Using Form Controls in Expression Web 2

    Creating a Form

    Saving Form Results to a File or E-mail

        File Results Tab

        E-mail Results Tab

        Confirmation Page Tab

        Saved Fields Tab

    Saving Form Results to a Database

        Updating a Database with New Fields


    Lagniappe: Hidden Form Fields

    Chapter 12 Editing Tag Properties

    An Introduction to Tag Properties

    Understanding the Tag Properties Task Pane

    Viewing Tag Properties with the Tag Properties Task Pane

    Setting Tag Attributes with the Tag Properties Task Pane

        Creating a Page

        Setting Tag Properties

    Using Events with the Tag Properties Task Pane


    Lagniappe: Tag Properties and Web Standards

    Chapter 13 Using the Quick Tag Tools

    Introduction to the Quick Tag Tools

    Locating and Selecting Elements Using the Quick Tag Selector

    Editing Page Content Using the Quick Tag Editor

        Editing a Tag

        Removing a Tag

        Inserting HTML

        Wrapping a Tag

        Controlling Positioning

        Editing Tag Properties


    Lagniappe: When to Use the Quick Tag Editor

    Chapter 14 Using Graphics and Multimedia

    Web Image Formats

        The GIF Format

        The JPEG Format

        The PNG Format

    Inserting Images

    Formatting Images

        Resizing Images

        Changing Picture Properties

    Converting Images

    Creating Image Thumbnails

        Configuring Auto Thumbnails

    Creating Image Maps

    Inserting Multimedia

        Inserting Flash Movies

        Inserting Silverlight

        Inserting Windows Media

    Page Transitions


    Lagniappe: Serving Video

    Chapter 15 Configuring Page Editor Options

    Accessing Page Editor Options

    Exploring Page Editor Options

        The General Tab

        AutoThumbnail Tab

        Default Fonts Tab

        Code Formatting Tab

        CSS Tab

        Color Coding Tab

        Authoring Tab

        Picture Tab

        Code Snippets Tab

        Ruler and Grid Tab

        IntelliSense Tab

        Font Families Tab

    Lagniappe: Experiment to Learn More

    Chapter 16 Using Find and Replace

    An Introduction to Find and Replace

    Finding and Replacing Text

        Using Regular Expressions

        Finding Text

        Replacing Text

    Using HTML Rules in Find and Replace

    Finding and Replacing HTML Tags

    Saving Queries


    Lagniappe: Editing and Removing Recent Searches

    Part IV Using CSS in Expression Web 2

    Chapter 17 Creating Style Sheets

    An Introduction to CSS

    The Purpose of CSS

    How CSS Is Applied to Web Pages

        External Style Sheets

        Embedded Style Sheets

        Inline Styles

    Formatting Content with CSS

    Positioning Content with CSS

    CSS Classes

        Basic Application of a CSS Class

        Applying Multiple CSS Classes




    Lagniappe: Background Images

    Chapter 18 Managing CSS Styles

    Expression Web 2’s CSS Tools

        Apply Styles Task Pane

        Manage Styles Task Pane

        Link Style Sheet Dialog

        CSS Properties Task Pane

        CSS Reports

        Style Builder

    Working with Styles

        Using the Manage Styles Task Pane

        Using the Apply Styles Task Pane

        Using the CSS Properties Task Pane

        Using the Style Builder

        Using the Attach Style Sheet and Link Style Sheet Dialogs

    CSS Reports

        Checking for CSS Errors

        Checking CSS Usage


    Lagniappe: Arranging CSS Styles

    Part V Optimizing Your Web Site

    Chapter 19 Accessibility Features in Expression Web 2

    An Introduction to Accessibility

    Designing for Accessibility

        Accessible Hyperlinks

        Accessible Tables

        Accessible Frames

        Other Accessibility Considerations

    Using the Accessibility Checker

        Checking Accessibility

        Working with the Accessibility Task Pane

    Generating Accessibility Reports

    Lagniappe: Seeing Color

    Chapter 20 Designing for Compatibility

    A Brief History of Web Browsers

    What Is Browser Compatibility?

    Compatibility Features in Expression Web 2

        Identifying Code Problems

        Marking Invalid Code

        Using Reports to Find Problems


    Lagniappe: Don’t Rely on Expression Web 2 to Enforce Standards

    Part VI Scripting, DHTML, and Other Dynamic Content

    Chapter 21 Using Dynamic Web Templates

    An Introduction to Dynamic Web Templates

    Creating a Dynamic Web Template

        Creating a Page Layout

        Adding Editable Regions

    Attaching a Dynamic Web Template

        Attaching to an Existing Page

        Attaching to a New Page

    Updating a Site with Dynamic Web Templates

        Modifying a Dynamic Web Template

        Modifying an Attached Page in Code View

    Managing Editable Regions

        Adding a New Editable Region

        Renaming an Existing Editable Region

        Resolving Mismatched Editable Regions

    Detaching a Dynamic Web Template


    Lagniappe: Under the Hood

    Chapter 22 Using Interactive Buttons

    Overview of Interactive Buttons

    Inserting and Configuring Interactive Buttons

        The Button Tab

        The Font Tab

        The Image Tab

    Saving an Interactive Button

    Editing an Interactive Button


    Lagniappe: Practical Uses for Interactive Buttons

    Chapter 23 Using Behaviors

    Understanding and Working with Behaviors

        Using the Behaviors Task Pane

        How Behaviors Work

        Adding Behaviors Within a Paragraph

    Expression Web 2 Behaviors

        The Call Script Behavior

        The Change Property Behavior

        The Change Property Restore Behavior

        The Check Browser Behavior

        The Check Plug-in Behavior

        The Go To URL Behavior

        The Jump Menu Behavior

        The Jump Menu Go Behavior

        The Open Browser Window Behavior

        The Play Sound Behavior

        The Popup Message Behavior

        The Preload Images Behavior

        The Set Text Behavior

        The Swap Image Behavior

        The Swap Image Restore Behavior


    Lagniappe: Detecting Browsers

        Creating a Blank Page for Redirecting

        Editing the Check Browser Code

    Chapter 24 Client-side Scripting

    A History of Browser Scripting

    JavaScript Basics

        Adding JavaScript to a Web Page

        Linking to an External Script File

        Adding Inline JavaScript

    The Document Object Model

        The window Object

        The document Object

    Writing Simple Scripts

        Showing and Hiding Page Elements

        Accessing and Changing Attributes

        Form Field Validation


    Lagniappe: Debugging

    Chapter 25 Using Layers

    Introduction to Layers

    Inserting and Configuring Layers

        Adding Content to a Layer

        Resizing a Layer

        Creating and Working with Child Layers

    Positioning Layers

    Setting Layer Properties with Behaviors

        Setting the Visibility of Layers

        Adding Layer Interactivity


    Lagniappe: Z-Order Anomalies

    Chapter 26 Creating VBA Macros

    Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic for Applications

        Understanding Modules, Class Modules, and UserForms

    Accessing Web Sites with VBA

        The Application Object Model

        The Web Object Model

        The Page Object Model

    Writing a Macro

        Creating the UserForm

        Implementing the Functionality

        Finishing the Code

        Running the Macro

        When Something Goes Wrong—Debugging


    Lagniappe: Protecting Macro Code

    Part VII ASP.NET and PHP Development in Expression Web 2

    Chapter 27 Using the Microsoft Expression Development Server

    Introduction to the Microsoft Expression Development Server

    How to Use the Microsoft Expression Development Server

    Limitations of the Microsoft Expression Development Server

        Process Identity

        No Remote Access

        No Support for ASP Pages


    Lagniappe: Starting the Microsoft Expression Development Server from the Command Prompt

    Chapter 28 Using Standard ASP.NET Controls

    ASP.NET: A Brief Introduction

    Creating ASP.NET Pages

    The Basics of ASP.NET Controls

        Understanding Control Properties

    An Overview of the Standard ASP.NET Controls

    The AdRotator Control

        Creating a Simple AdRotator Page

        Creating the Advertisement File

    The Calendar Control

        Formatting the Calendar Control

        Calendar Control Properties

    The Wizard Control

        Wizard Steps

        Creating a Simple Wizard

    Making ASP.NET Work for You


    Lagniappe: Formatting with Styles

    Chapter 29 Using ASP.NET Navigation Controls

    Overview of Navigation Systems

    Creating a Sitemap File

    Using the ASP.NET Menu Control

        Creating a Test Web Site

        Adding a Menu Control

        Formatting the Menu Control

    Using the ASP.NET TreeView Control

        Formatting the TreeView Control

    Using the ASP.NET SiteMapPath Control

        Formatting the SiteMapPath Control


    Lagniappe: Improving Navigation with Master Pages

    Chapter 30 Using ASP.NET Master Pages and User Controls

    The Need For a Common Layout

    The Master Page

    The Content Page

    Developing a Master Page Web Site

        Creating the Master Page

        Creating the Content Page


    Lagniappe: Converting an Existing Site to a Master Page Site

    Chapter 31 Developing a Login System with ASP.NET

    Web Site Login Systems

    Overview of ASP.NET Login Controls

        The Login Control

        LoginStatus Control

        LoginName Control

        ChangePassword Control

        PasswordRecovery Control

        CreateUserWizard Control

        LoginView Control

    Creating a Login Solution

        Configuring the Web Site (IIS 5 or IIS 6)

        Configuring the Web Site (IIS 7)

        Configuring the Web Site (Microsoft Expression Development Server)

        Creating the Web Pages


    Lagniappe: Modifying Password Requirements

    Chapter 32 Implementing Form Validation Using ASP.NET

    The Need for Form Validation

        The ASP.NET Validation Controls

        Common Properties

        Creating a Validated Form


    Lagniappe: Validation Groups

    Chapter 33 Using ASP.NET Web Parts

    An Introduction to Web Parts

    Creating ASP.NET User Controls

    Web Parts Controls in the Toolbox

    Creating a Web Parts Page

    Web Parts Page Display Modes

        Creating a User Control that Sets the Display Mode

        Adding Code to Change the Display Mode

    The Web Parts Catalog


    Lagniappe: Editing Web Parts Controls

    Chapter 34 ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

    What Is Ajax?

    Microsoft’s ASP.NET AJAX

        Microsoft AJAX Library

        Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

        Microsoft AJAX ASP.NET Control Toolkit

    Adding Ajax Functionality to a Web Form

        Creating a Web Site and Web Page

        Adding Server-Side Code

        Adding a ScriptManager Control

        Adding an UpdatePanel Control


    Lagniappe: Using the AJAX Library

        Adding a <div> to the Web Form

        Creating the Client Library

        Adding the Client Script to the ScriptManager Control

    Chapter 35 Using PHP in Expression Web 2

    An Introduction to PHP

        PHP Syntax

    Installing PHP

        Installing IIS 7 and FastCGI

        Installing PHP

        Enabling PHP Using FastCGI

    Creating PHP Pages

        Previewing the Page

    PHP in Design View

    PHP in Code View

        PHP Syntax Highlighting

        Using IntelliSense with PHP

        Setting PHP-Specific IntelliSense Options

    PHP Script Options

        Form Variable

        URL Variable

        Session Variable

        Cookie Variable


        Include Once



        Code Block






    Lagniappe: Displaying PHP Information

    Part VIII Accessing Data in Expression Web 2

    Chapter 36 Primer on Data Access Technologies

    A History of Data Access

    Data Access Technologies in Expression Web 2

    ASP.NET and Other Web Application Platforms

    Lagniappe: Databases Aren’t Just for Online Spreadsheets

    Chapter 37 Accessing Data with ASP.NET

    ASP.NET Data Source Controls

        AccessDataSource Control

        SqlDataSource Control

        SiteMapDataSource Control

        XmlDataSource Control

    Displaying Data with ASP.NET

        Displaying Data in Tabular Form

        Sorting the GridView

    Editing Data with ASP.NET

        Configuring the Data Source

        Configuring the GridView

        Testing the Page

    Troubleshooting .

    Lagniappe: Creating a Master/Detail View

        Creating the Master View

        Creating the Detail View

    Part IX Appendixes

    Appendix A Taking Advantage of E-Commerce

    The Power of E-Commerce

    E-Commerce Options

        Digital River


    Payment Processing




    Putting It All Together In Expression Web 2


        Advertising and Affiliates

    Lagniappe: Is It Worth the Risk?

    Appendix B The Future of Web Development

    Changing Standards

        Benefits of XHTML

    Emerging Technologies


        Ruby on Rails

        Other Emerging Technologies

    Lagniappe: Understanding and Using RSS

        The RSS Feed

        The RSS Reader

    Appendix C Resources on Expression Web 2, Web Design, ASP.NET, and PHP

    Online Resources on Expression Web 2


        Microsoft’s Expression Forums

        Expression Web 2 Help

        The Expression Designers: Graphic, Interactive, and Web


    Online Resources on Web Design



        O’Reilly Network

        World Wide Web Consortium

        Template World Free Templates

    Online Resources on ASP.NET and PHP



        ASP.NET Official Web Site


        Chris Hanscom’s PHP Resource Center

        The Official PHP Web Site

        Microsoft IIS 7 Web Site

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