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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132953559
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/11/2012
  • Series: In Depth
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 848,414
  • File size: 84 MB
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Meet the Author

Jim Cheshire is the owner of Jimco Software and Books and is the author of several design books and books on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. In his real job, Jim works as a senior escalation engineer at Microsoft on the ASP.NET, IIS, and Expression Web teams. He has worked on the FrontPage, Visual Basic, ASP, IIS, and ASP.NET teams at Microsoft for almost 15 years. You can reach Jim by visiting one of his websites: or You can also email him at

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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

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