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Need answers quickly? Microsoft Expression Web 3 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

  • Create Web sites using drag and drop controls
  • Create Cascading Style Sheet layouts
  • Insert Flash, Windows Media, and Photoshop content
  • Write, edit, and optimize code and scripts
  • Use IntelliSense to help reduce coding errors
  • Preview and compare pages in multiple browsers
  • Update Web sites for Windows Internet Explorer 8
  • Integrate media and Web applications using Microsoft Silverlight
  • Create dynamic Web templates
  • Create forms to gather online information
  • Retrieve and present data from live RSS feeds
  • Integrate data from databases or XML data
  • Create dynamic Web content using ASP.NET technology
  • Explore the capabilities of Microsoft Expression Studio
  • Register your book at to gain access to:
  • Workshops and related files
  • Keyboard shortcuts


  • Workshops
  • More than 500 of the Most Essential Expression Web Tasks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789739803
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Series: On Demand Series
  • Pages: 429
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 50 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS3, Adobe Flash CS4 and CS3, Dreamweaver CS4 and CS3, Adobe InDesign CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista, Microsoft Expression 2, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xv

1 Getting Started with Expression Web 3 1

Preparing to Install Expression Web 3 2

Installing Expression Web 3 3

Starting Expression Web 3 4

Viewing the Expression Web Window 5

Working with Toolbars 6

Using Panels 8

Viewing the Folder List 10

Creating a Simple Web Page 11

Saving a Web Page 12

Opening an Existing Web Page 13

Working with Views 14

Switching Between Pages and Views 16

Using Visual Aids 17

Getting Help While You Work 18

Getting Expression Web Updates on the Web 20

Closing a Web Page 21

Exiting Expression Web 22

2 Creating a Web Site 23

Planning a Web Site 24

Creating a Web Site Using a Template 25

Working with Template Content 26

Managing Template Content 28

Creating a One Page Web Site 30

Opening an Existing Web Site 32

Importing Web Content 34

Adding Pages to Your Web Site 36

Creating a Web Package 38

Saving a Web Site 39

Renaming a Web Site 40

Deleting a Web Site 41

Managing Site Lists 42

3 Working with Web Pages 43

Creating an HTML Page 44

Opening Web Pages from Within a Web 46

Navigating Web Pages 48

Displaying Web Pages in the HTML Format 49

Managing Web Pages 50

Setting the Home Page 52

Changing the Web Page Title 53

Changing Web Page Properties 54

Inserting Background Pictures and Watermarks 56

Changing Background Colors 58

Adding Background Sound 59

Setting Paper Size 60

Previewing Web Pages in Snapshot 61

Previewing Web Pages in a Browser 62

Displaying Web Pages in SuperPreview 64

Printing Web Pages 66

Creating a Page Template 68

Using a Dynamic Page Template 70

Creating a Master and Content Page 72

Saving a Web Page with Different Formats 74

Expression Web Formats 75

Animating Page Transitions 76

4 Working with Web Page Text 77

Entering Text in a Web Page 78

Selecting Text in a Web Page 79

Editing Text 80

Making Corrections 81

Inserting a Line or Paragraph Break 82

Moving and Copying Text 84

Setting Text Indention and Spacing 86

Setting Text Alignment 88

Inserting Symbols 89

Inserting Horizontal Lines 90

Creating Bulleted and Numbered Lists 92

Creating Sublists 94

Applying Styles 95

Creating Heading and Definitions 96

Formatting Text 98

Adding Text Effects 100

Accessing More Colors 101

Finding and Replacing Text or Code 102

Finding and Replacing HTML Tags 104

Checking Spelling 106

Using Custom Dictionaries 108

Checking Spelling for Language 110

Checking Spelling as You Type 112

Finding the Right Words 113

Changing Default Text 114

Creating and Changing Font Families 115

Inserting Text from a File 116

5 Working with Web Page Graphics 117

Understanding Graphics 118

Changing Graphic Defaults 119

Inserting Graphics 120

Inserting Photoshop Graphics 122

Inserting a Graphic from a Scanner or Camera 124

Copying and Pasting Graphics from the Web 125

Selecting and Moving Graphics 126

Working with Graphics 127

Resizing and Resampling Graphics 128

Creating Thumbnails 130

Cropping Graphics 132

Rotating and Flipping Graphics 133

Changing Graphic Positioning 134

Changing Graphic Stacking Order 135

Working with Layers 136

Wrapping Text and Aligning Graphics 138

Adjusting Graphic Contrast and Brightness 140

Converting Graphic Color 142

Adding a Bevel to a Graphic 144

Adding Margins and Padding to Graphics 145

Applying Borders and Shading 146

Changing Graphic Formats 148

Changing the Way Graphics are Displayed 150

Restoring a Graphic 152

6 Working with Web Page Media 153

Inserting Flash Movies 154

Setting Flash Movie Properties 156

Inserting Windows Media 158

Setting Windows Media Properties 160

Working with Silverlight Media 162

Inserting Silverlight Media 163

Inserting Silverlight Videos 164

Inserting Deep Zoom Composer Images 165

Setting Security for ActiveX Controls 166

Running ActiveX Controls 167

Previewing and Playing Media 168

Previewing Silverlight Media 170

7 Adding Hyperlinks to Web Pages 171

Creating Bookmarks 172

Creating Hyperlinks Within a Web Page 174

Creating Hyperlinks to Files and Web Pages 176

Creating Hyperlinks to E-mail Addresses 178

Creating Target Hyperlinks 179

Editing Hyperlinks 180

Adding Hyperlinks to Graphics 182

Adding Graphic Hotspots 184

Highlighting Graphic Hotspots 185

Modifying Graphic Hotspots 186

Adding ScreenTips Hyperlinks 187

Working with Hyperlinks View 188

Verifying Hyperlinks 189

Repairing Broken Hyperlinks 190

8 Adding Interactive Behaviors 191

Inserting Interactive Buttons 192

Working with Interactive Buttons 194

Adding Behaviors to Elements 196

Modifying Behaviors 198

Going to Another Web Page 199

Creating a Jump Menu 200

Displaying Text Messages 202

Preloading and Swapping Images 204

Checking for Browsers and Plug-ins 206

Changing Element Properties 208

Opening Another Browser Window 210

Executing a Script 211

Playing a Sound 212

9 Adding Tables and Layout Tables 213

Creating a Layout Table 214

Drawing a Layout Table and Cells 216

Modifying a Layout Table 218

Creating a Table Using Microsoft Excel Data 219

Creating a Conventional Table 220

Entering Text in a Table 222

Converting Text to a Table 224

Filling a Table with Information 225

Creating Table Captions 226

Adding Cells, Rows, or Columns to Tables 228

Resizing Rows and Columns 229

Splitting and Merging Cells 230

Deleting Table Elements 232

Aligning Cell Contents 233

Changing Table Properties 234

Changing Cell Properties 236

Formatting a Table 238

Adding Color to a Table 240

Adding Images to Table 242

10 Adding Frames and Borders 243

Viewing a Frames Page 244

Creating a Frames Page Using a Template 245

Customizing a Frames Page Template 246

Inserting an Inline Frame 247

Adding Content to Frames 248

Changing Frame Properties 250

Saving Frames Pages 252

Targeting a Frame 254

Editing Frames Pages 255

Splitting Frames 256

Deleting a Frame 257

Show or Hide Border Frames 258

11 Gathering User Input Using Forms 259

Creating Forms 260

Setting Form Properties 262

Understanding Form Fields 263

Setting Form Tab Order 264

Inserting Labels 265

Inserting Text Boxes 266

Inserting Drop-Down Boxes 268

Inserting Group Boxes 269

Inserting Radio Buttons 270

Inserting Check Boxes 271

Inserting Buttons 272

Creating Picture Buttons 274

Inserting File Uploads 275

Saving Form Results to a File 276

Using a Custom Confirmation Page 277

Sending Form Results as E-Mail 278

Saving Form Results to a Custom Form Handler 280

Saving Form Results to a Database 282

Using Other Form Handlers 284

12 Creating Styles and Layouts with CSS 287

Working with HTML Code 288

Understanding CSS Styles and Layouts 289

Inserting Common HTML Tags 290

Using Tag Tools 292

Setting Tag Attributes 294

Using the Quick Tag Selector 295

Using the Quick Tag Editor 296

Using CSS Tools 297

Using IntelliSense 298

Creating Tag-based Styles 300

Creating Class-based Styles 301

Creating Inline Styles 302

Working with Styles 303

Creating and Attaching Style Sheets 304

Using Rulers and Grid 306

Setting Position Properties 307

Creating a CSS Layout Page 308

Creating Contextual Selectors 309

Creating a CSS Layout Page from Scratch 310

Checking for CSS Problems 312

Setting CSS Options 314

13 Working with Advanced Pages 315

Creating an ASP.NET Page 316

Using ASP.NET Controls 317

Inserting ASP.NET Controls 318

Inserting ASP.NET AJAX Controls 320

Using Custom ASP.NET Controls 321

Getting Started with PHP 322

Creating a PHP Page 323

Working with PHP Code 324

Inserting a PHP Script 326

Creating an XML Page 328

Creating a Data View 329

Working with Data in a Data View 330

Formatting Data in a Data View 332

Checking XML Pages 334

Adding RSS Feeds 336

Creating an ASP Page 337

14 Publishing and Managing a Web Site 339

Generating Reports for a Web Site 340

Saving or Copying a Web Site Report 342

Marking Site Files to Not Publish 344

Checking for Accessibility 345

Checking HTML Compatibility 346

Optimizing HTML Before Publishing 348

Changing Web Site Settings 350

Specifying a Remote Web Site 352

Managing Multiple Web Sites 354

Changing Publishing Options 355

Connecting a Remote Web Site 356

Publishing a Web Site 358

Publishing a Web Page 359

Updating a Web Site 360

Checking Publishing Status 362

Managing Files Shared by a Team 363

15 Customizing Expression Web 365

Changing General Options 366

Changing Startup Options 368

Configuring External Editors 369

Customizing Reports View 370

Customizing FTP Options 371

Setting General Page Editor Options 372

Setting Code Formatting Options 374

Changing Code Snippet Options 376

Setting Design View Formatting Options 377

Creating Custom Colors 378

Setting Default Font Options 380

Setting Ruler and Grid Options 381

Setting Byte Order Mark Options 382

Changing Plug-in Properties 384

16 Working with Expression Studio 385

Exploring Expression Design 386

Getting Started with Expression Design 387

Working with Expression Design 388

Exploring Expression Encoder 390

Working with Expression Encoder 392

Exploring Expression Blend 394

Working with Expression Blend 396

Adding Interactivity with Expression Blend 398

Getting Started with Deep Zoom Composer 399

Creating Deep Zoom Composer Images 400

New Features 401

Keyboard Shortcuts 405

Index 411

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