Microsoft Expression Web Step by Step

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The smart way to learn Microsoft Expression Web—one step at a time! Work at your own pace through the easy numbered steps, practice files on CD, hands-on exercises, and master the fundamentals of creating effective Web sites. You’ll work with advanced design technologies and discover the powerful—and easy-to-use—Web design–experience that Expression Web delivers. You'll learn how to create professional-looking Web pages, work with powerful design tools and task panes, and incorporate support for XML, Microsoft ...

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Overview

The smart way to learn Microsoft Expression Web—one step at a time! Work at your own pace through the easy numbered steps, practice files on CD, hands-on exercises, and master the fundamentals of creating effective Web sites. You’ll work with advanced design technologies and discover the powerful—and easy-to-use—Web design–experience that Expression Web delivers. You'll learn how to create professional-looking Web pages, work with powerful design tools and task panes, and incorporate support for XML, Microsoft ASP.NET, Extensible HTML (XHTML), and Web pages built using Microsoft Office FrontPage®. You’ll also learn how to build templates, work with sophisticated cascading style sheets and other design features that help you to precisely control your work, and take advantage of built-in support for today’s Web standards. With STEP BY STEP, you can take just the lessons you need or work from cover to cover. Either way, you drive the instruction, building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Includes an easy-search companion CD with files for practicing the book’s lessons, a complete eBook, and more!

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Microsoft has replaced the aging FrontPage with a brand-new tool for building state-of-the-art, standards-compliant Web sites. Microsoft Expression Web doesn't just support CSS through and through: it also simplifies the construction of dynamic sites with ASP.NET. If you're looking for a thoroughly hands-on Expression Web tutorial, here it is: Microsoft Expression Web Step by Step.

If you've ever used one of Microsoft's Step by Step tutorials, you know they're clean, visual, and very easy to work with. This one's no exception. Chris Leeds quickly gets you comfortable with Expression Web's interface (some elements reminiscent of FrontPage and Office, others of Visual Studio). You'll load up a sample site from the CD-ROM, then explore its views and pages, rapidly getting a sense of how Expression Web works and "thinks."

Then, using the CD's practice files, Chris Leeds walks you through everything from upgrading old FrontPage sites to publishing database information. You'll learn how to verify site accessibility; think in terms of semantic markup, not just formatting; create and modify sites with Expression Web's built-in templates. Leeds steps you through managing your site's settings; publishing it via FTP or HTTP; managing and backing up live sites; and a whole lot more. Once you've mastered all that, Leeds shows you how to take advantage of ASP.NET 2.0: both its master pages and its powerful site navigation and ad rotation controls. It's a lot to learn, but you'll be surprised how quickly you learn it all -- and it won't hurt a bit. Bill Camarda, from the February 2008 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735624405
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2007
  • Series: Microsoft Step by Step Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Leeds has been a Microsoft MVP since before Expression Studio was even added to their catalog. He has written two books on Microsoft Expression Web for Microsoft Press and is currently working on a third, Microsoft Expression Web 4.0 Step by Step.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Expression Web;
Upgrading from FrontPage;
Information for Readers Running Windows XP;
Managing the Practice Files;
Using the Start Menu;
Navigating Dialog Boxes;
Features and Conventions of This Book;
Using the Book’s CD;
What’s on the CD?;
Minimum System Requirements;
Installing the Practice Files;
Using the Practice Files;
Removing the Practice Files;
Getting Help;
Getting Help with This Book and Its CD;
Getting Help with Microsoft Expression Web;
Chapter 1: Understanding How Expression Web Works;
1.1 Exploring and Customizing the User Interface;
1.2 Opening an Existing Site;
1.3 Displaying Different Views of a Site;
1.4 Exploring an Individual Web Page;
1.5 Understanding Basic Expression Web Concepts;
1.6 Key Points;
Chapter 2: Moving from FrontPage to Expression Web;
2.1 Understanding the Differences Between Expression Web and FrontPage;
2.2 Publishing a Backup Copy of a Site;
2.3 Managing FrontPage Sites by Using Expression Web;
2.4 Using FrontPage Code in an Expression Web Site;
2.5 Converting FrontPage Sites to Expression Web;
2.6 Key Points;
Chapter 3: Becoming Familiar with Modern Web Site Standards;
3.1 Verifying and Addressing W3C Validity;
3.2 Verifying and Addressing Accessibility;
3.3 Using Cascading Style Sheets;
3.4 Choosing and Using the Right DOCTYPE;
3.5 Verifying and Improving Cross-Browser Rendering;
3.6 Key Points;
Chapter 4: Presenting Information on a Web Page;
4.1 Using Tables for Layout: Right or Wrong?;
4.2 Using Lists to Group Information;
4.3 Using Semantic Markup;
4.4 Styling the Presentation of Your Content;
4.5 Key Points;
Chapter 5: Enhancing a Web Site with Images;
5.1 Adding Images to a Web Page;
5.2 Editing Images in Expression Web;
5.3 Using Images with a Style Sheet;
5.4 Using Images as Backgrounds;
5.5 Using Images as Bullets;
5.6 Using Images as Hyperlink Backgrounds;
5.7 Key Points;
Chapter 6: Creating a Web Site from a Template;
6.1 Creating a Template-Based Site;
6.2 Organizing Web Site Pages;
6.3 Modifying a Site’s Dynamic Web Template;
6.4 Modifying a Site’s Cascading Style Sheets;
6.5 Key Points;
Chapter 7: Creating a Web Site from Scratch;
7.1 Creating an Empty Site;
7.2 Importing and Using Graphics and Templates;
7.3 Creating a Dynamic Web Template;
7.4 Creating Content Pages;
7.5 Organizing Your Site;
7.6 Key Points;
Chapter 8: Taking It to the Next Level;
8.1 Using Interactive Buttons;
8.2 Using Layers and Behaviors;
8.3 Using Personal Web Packages;
8.4 Creating and Using Forms;
8.5 Key Points;
Chapter 9: Publishing a Web Site;
9.1 Considering Hosting Requirements;
9.2 Finding and Registering a Domain Name;
9.3 Using Microsoft Office Live;
9.4 Publishing by Using FTP;
9.5 Publishing by Using HTTP;
9.6 Publishing to a Disk Location;
9.7 Key Points;
Chapter 10: Managing a Web Site;
10.1 Backing Up Server-Based Sites;
10.2 Editing Server-Based Sites;
10.3 Using Site Settings;
10.4 Publishing Selectively;
10.5 Using Subsites;
10.6 Key Points;
Chapter 11: Using ASP.NET Features;
11.1 Using ASP.NET Master Pages;
11.2 Using Site-Navigation Controls;
11.3 Using the AdRotator Control;
11.4 Linking to Data Sources;
11.5 Additional Resources;
11.6 Key Points;
Glossary;
About the Author;
Dedication;
Your All-in-One Resource;

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