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Overview

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

• Sample files from the author

• FREE! full version of Logo Creator (retail value of $39.95)

• FREE! full version of DHTML Menu Builder Lite (retail value of $25)

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

Cover image: Digital Vision Photography/Veer Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789737847
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Series: Special Edition Using Series
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 764
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Cheshire is the owner of Jimco Software and Books and is the author of several Web design books. In his real job, Jim works as an escalation engineer at Microsoft on the ASP.NET and IIS teams. He has worked on the FrontPage, Visual Basic, ASP, IIS, and ASP.NET teams at Microsoft over the past 10 years.

You can reach Jim by visiting one of his web sites, www.jimcobooks.com or www.jimcosoftware. com. You can also email him at jcheshire@jimcobooks.com.

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INTRODUCTIONINTRODUCTIONWho Should Read This Book?

Expression Web 2 is a powerful Web development product, and there are plenty of books about it. That puts readers in a tight spot when trying to figure out which book to purchase to learn how to use Expression Web 2 to its fullest. I've read a lot of technical books in my career, and the ones that I find most helpful are the ones that teach me everything about a particular product instead of only teaching me the features and techniques that the author prefers. If that's the kind of book you appreciate, then this is the book for you.

I have also found that many technical books are frustratingly light on any meaningful content. In fact, most of them are just complex rewrites of the documentation that ships with the product. I get the documentation with the product, and I'd rather not pay for it again from a third party. Instead, I want a book that tells me what the documentation doesn't tell me.

That's exactly what this book will do. It will show you how to use the features in Expression Web 2 for real-world Web design. I'll give you pointers on how to effectively use several features together to achieve a common goal. I'll give you a strong foundation in the technologies involved (for example, Cascading Style Sheets CSS, Extensible Hypertext Markup Language XHTML, ASP.NET, PHP, and more) so you aren't working in a vacuum.

When the first edition of this book was released, I read plenty of quotes from people saying that, because it is comprehensive and covers all features in Expression Web, it was best for advanced users. I agree that this book is a greatresource for advanced users, but it also is great for users new to Expression Web 2. If you want a book that will continue to provide you with valuable information as your knowledge of Expression Web 2 and Web design grows, this book is a great choice for you.

The goal of this book is to equip you to be a better Web designer using Expression Web 2 as one of the tools in your arsenal. If that sounds like something you're interested in, keep reading!Why Use Expression Web 2?

Ask any professional Web designer what features are important for a Web design application and he or she will tell you that it must adhere to current Web standards and make creating and maintaining a standards-driven Web site easy. Not only that, but a solid Web design tool should be created from the ground up to support ASP.NET and PHP from a designer's perspective. Expression Web 2 meets all those needs.

You'll not only be able to create dynamic, standards-compliant Web sites with Expression Web 2, but you'll be able to do so in a way that allows you to take advantage of your creativity. It doesn't drag you down with complex dialogs and frustrating code changes. After using Expression Web 2 for a while, you'll never consider going back to your previous Web design tool.How This Book Is Organized

This book is broken up into multiple sections so you can quickly find the information you need. Here is the rundown on all the sections:

  • Part I, "An Overview of Expression Web 2"—Part I comprises an overview of Expression Web 2. You'll receive a complete tour of the Expression Web 2 feature set, along with some tips and tricks on using the interface.

  • Part II, "Web Sites in Expression Web 2"—The chapters in this section teach you how to work with Web sites in Expression Web 2. You'll learn about creating sites, publishing sites, managing sites, and working with other site-related features.

  • Part III, "Creating and Editing Web Content"—In this section, you'll learn how to create Web pages and add content to them. I not only talk about adding and formatting text, but also how to add graphics and dynamic content. Finally, this section covers the details of how to take advantage of some of the great productivity features in Expression Web 2.

  • Part IV, "Using CSS in Expression Web 2"—Instead of including CSS as an afterthought, I've dedicated two complete chapters to using this important design concept. You'll learn not only the details of CSS in general, but also how to use the powerful CSS tools in Expression Web 2.

  • Part V, "Optimizing Your Web Site"—A good Web designer doesn't just slap pages together. It's important to make your site work well in all the major browsers, and it's also important to pay attention to accessibility issues. You'll learn about both in this section.

  • Part VI, "Scripting, DHTML, and Other Dynamic Content"—In this section, you'll learn tricks to differentiate your Web site from the status quo. You'll learn how to add dynamic components automatically in Expression Web 2. You'll also learn how to read and write client-side JavaScript so you can understand what goes on under the covers when Expression Web 2 adds code to your page.

  • Part VII, "ASP.NET and PHP Development in Expression Web 2"—Expression Web 2 fully supports Microsoft ASP.NET and provides some support for PHP. In this section, you'll find out what ASP.NET gives you as a Web designer and how to use Expression Web 2 to create some pretty powerful site features, all without writing any code. You'll also learn how to take advantage of the PHP support included in Expression Web 2.

  • Part VIII, "Accessing Data in Expression Web 2"—Connecting a Web site to external data has become commonplace. In this section, you'll discover how to easily design a data-driven Web site with ASP.NET and Expression Web 2.

I've also included three appendixes that cover using Expression Web 2 to make money on the Web with e-commerce solutions, my insights into the future of Web development, and a resource guide on Expression Web 2, Web design, ASP.NET, and PHP.

  • Appendix A, "Taking Advantage of E-commerce"

  • Appendix B, "The Future of Web Development"

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

Special Elements

Throughout the book, you'll find some special elements that are designed to make it easy to locate important information or special tips to help you get the most out of Expression Web 2.

When an important term is used for the first time, it is printed in italics and defined close by. When instructions require you to enter text or values into a dialog, the data you are to enter appears bolded. Finally, for those of you who find it faster to work without a mouse, hotkey indicators appear for all menu commands. Simply press Alt and the underlined character.Cross-References

Nothing's worse than a technical book that assumes you will read it from beginning to end like a novel. Most folks use technical books like reference materials, so this book makes generous use of cross-references.

If a feature is mentioned that is covered elsewhere in the book, there is a cross-reference directing you to where you can find details on that topic.Notes, Tips, Cautions, and Sidebars

You'll find numerous bits of information in these special elements.

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Note - Notes include additional technical information or links to important information.

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Tip - Tips provide information to make using a feature easier, or provide information you might not have considered.

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Caution - Caution elements prevent you from shooting yourself in the foot. They point out problems so you can avoid them and save yourself time and possible headaches.

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Read Sidebars for the Big Picture - You won't find sidebars in every chapter; they're designed to give you more insight into a particular topic. If you're the kind of person who wants to know all the details, you'll find sidebars extremely valuable.

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Troubleshooting

The "Troubleshooting" section is where you can go when things don't quite work out right. Chances are you'll find the solution to your problem there.

I've included notes in the chapters to direct you to these sections.

This is what a Troubleshooting note looks like. Text here describes a possible problem and tells you where to look for the solution.

In keeping with the concept of this book as a reference book, it includes a complete table of all the troubleshooting topics from the entire book. You'll find this table after the Table of Contents at the front of the book.?Lagniappe (lan yap') n., a gift or bonus

I always include a special section at the end of each chapter that gives you some bonus material. I wanted this section to have a name with character—one that truly illustrates the purpose of the section. I chose lagniappe as the name of this section. Lagniappe is an American French word that refers to a special gift given out of gratitude by a merchant at the end of a transaction. I felt that lagniappe was the perfect name for this section because it truly denotes the intent. (Thanks, Dad, for the recommendation.)

I sincerely hope you enjoy this book and find it to be an invaluable resource as you build Web sites with Expression Web 2.

Thank you for purchasing this book, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it for you!

—Jim

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

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

Behaviors

Layers

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

Troubleshooting

Lagniappe: Deciding on a Web Site Type

Chapter 3 Publishing a Web Site

What Is Publishing?

Server Options for Publishing

FrontPage Server Extensions

WebDAV

FTP

File System

Publishing Content

Configuring Publish Options

Optimizing HTML During Publishing

The Remote Web Site View

Troubleshooting HTTP Publishing

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Spell-Checking

Configuring Page Properties

General Tab

Formatting Tab

Advanced Tab

Custom Tab

Language Tab

Using Code Snippets

Configuring File Editors

Troubleshooting

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

IntelliSense

Context Menu

Bookmarks

Working in Split View

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Pseudo-Classes

Pseudo-Elements

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

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

Troubleshooting

Lagniappe: Using the AJAX Library

Adding a
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

Include Once

require

require_once

Code Block

echo

Comment

if

else

Troubleshooting

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

Lulu

Payment Processing

PayPal

Banks

2CO

Putting It All Together In Expression Web 2

Security

Advertising and Affiliates

Lagniappe: Is It Worth the Risk?

Appendix B The Future of Web Development

Changing Standards

Benefits of XHTML

Emerging Technologies

Ajax

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

JimcoBooks.com

Microsoft’s Expression Forums

Expression Web 2 Help

The Expression Designers: Graphic, Interactive, and Web

by-Expression

Online Resources on Web Design

InformIT

Webmonkey

O’Reilly Network

World Wide Web Consortium

Template World Free Templates

Online Resources on ASP.NET and PHP

asp.netPRO

4GuysFromRolla.com

ASP.NET Official Web Site

DotNetJunkies

Chris Hanscom’s PHP Resource Center

The Official PHP Web Site

Microsoft IIS 7 Web Site

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Preface

INTRODUCTION

Who Should Read This Book?

Expression Web 2 is a powerful Web development product, and there are plenty of books about it. That puts readers in a tight spot when trying to figure out which book to purchase to learn how to use Expression Web 2 to its fullest. I've read a lot of technical books in my career, and the ones that I find most helpful are the ones that teach me everything about a particular product instead of only teaching me the features and techniques that the author prefers. If that's the kind of book you appreciate, then this is the book for you.

I have also found that many technical books are frustratingly light on any meaningful content. In fact, most of them are just complex rewrites of the documentation that ships with the product. I get the documentation with the product, and I'd rather not pay for it again from a third party. Instead, I want a book that tells me what the documentation doesn't tell me.

That's exactly what this book will do. It will show you how to use the features in Expression Web 2 for real-world Web design. I'll give you pointers on how to effectively use several features together to achieve a common goal. I'll give you a strong foundation in the technologies involved (for example, Cascading Style Sheets CSS, Extensible Hypertext Markup Language XHTML, ASP.NET, PHP, and more) so you aren't working in a vacuum.

When the first edition of this book was released, I read plenty of quotes from people saying that, because it is comprehensive and covers all features in Expression Web, it was best for advanced users. I agree that this book is a great resource for advanced users, but it also is great for users new to Expression Web 2. If you want a book that will continue to provide you with valuable information as your knowledge of Expression Web 2 and Web design grows, this book is a great choice for you.

The goal of this book is to equip you to be a better Web designer using Expression Web 2 as one of the tools in your arsenal. If that sounds like something you're interested in, keep reading!

Why Use Expression Web 2?

Ask any professional Web designer what features are important for a Web design application and he or she will tell you that it must adhere to current Web standards and make creating and maintaining a standards-driven Web site easy. Not only that, but a solid Web design tool should be created from the ground up to support ASP.NET and PHP from a designer's perspective. Expression Web 2 meets all those needs.

You'll not only be able to create dynamic, standards-compliant Web sites with Expression Web 2, but you'll be able to do so in a way that allows you to take advantage of your creativity. It doesn't drag you down with complex dialogs and frustrating code changes. After using Expression Web 2 for a while, you'll never consider going back to your previous Web design tool.

How This Book Is Organized

This book is broken up into multiple sections so you can quickly find the information you need. Here is the rundown on all the sections:

  • Part I, "An Overview of Expression Web 2"—Part I comprises an overview of Expression Web 2. You'll receive a complete tour of the Expression Web 2 feature set, along with some tips and tricks on using the interface.
  • Part II, "Web Sites in Expression Web 2"—The chapters in this section teach you how to work with Web sites in Expression Web 2. You'll learn about creating sites, publishing sites, managing sites, and working with other site-related features.
  • Part III, "Creating and Editing Web Content"—In this section, you'll learn how to create Web pages and add content to them. I not only talk about adding and formatting text, but also how to add graphics and dynamic content. Finally, this section covers the details of how to take advantage of some of the great productivity features in Expression Web 2.
  • Part IV, "Using CSS in Expression Web 2"—Instead of including CSS as an afterthought, I've dedicated two complete chapters to using this important design concept. You'll learn not only the details of CSS in general, but also how to use the powerful CSS tools in Expression Web 2.
  • Part V, "Optimizing Your Web Site"—A good Web designer doesn't just slap pages together. It's important to make your site work well in all the major browsers, and it's also important to pay attention to accessibility issues. You'll learn about both in this section.
  • Part VI, "Scripting, DHTML, and Other Dynamic Content"—In this section, you'll learn tricks to differentiate your Web site from the status quo. You'll learn how to add dynamic components automatically in Expression Web 2. You'll also learn how to read and write client-side JavaScript so you can understand what goes on under the covers when Expression Web 2 adds code to your page.
  • Part VII, "ASP.NET and PHP Development in Expression Web 2"—Expression Web 2 fully supports Microsoft ASP.NET and provides some support for PHP. In this section, you'll find out what ASP.NET gives you as a Web designer and how to use Expression Web 2 to create some pretty powerful site features, all without writing any code. You'll also learn how to take advantage of the PHP support included in Expression Web 2.
  • Part VIII, "Accessing Data in Expression Web 2"—Connecting a Web site to external data has become commonplace. In this section, you'll discover how to easily design a data-driven Web site with ASP.NET and Expression Web 2.

I've also included three appendixes that cover using Expression Web 2 to make money on the Web with e-commerce solutions, my insights into the future of Web development, and a resource guide on Expression Web 2, Web design, ASP.NET, and PHP.

  • Appendix A, "Taking Advantage of E-commerce"
  • Appendix B, "The Future of Web Development"
  • Appendix C, "Resources on Expression Web 2, Web Design, ASP.NET, and PHP"

Special Elements

Throughout the book, you'll find some special elements that are designed to make it easy to locate important information or special tips to help you get the most out of Expression Web 2.

When an important term is used for the first time, it is printed in italics and defined close by. When instructions require you to enter text or values into a dialog, the data you are to enter appears bolded. Finally, for those of you who find it faster to work without a mouse, hotkey indicators appear for all menu commands. Simply press Alt and the underlined character.

Cross-References

Nothing's worse than a technical book that assumes you will read it from beginning to end like a novel. Most folks use technical books like reference materials, so this book makes generous use of cross-references.

If a feature is mentioned that is covered elsewhere in the book, there is a cross-reference directing you to where you can find details on that topic.

Notes, Tips, Cautions, and Sidebars

You'll find numerous bits of information in these special elements.


Note - Notes include additional technical information or links to important information.



Tip - Tips provide information to make using a feature easier, or provide information you might not have considered.



Caution - Caution elements prevent you from shooting yourself in the foot. They point out problems so you can avoid them and save yourself time and possible headaches.



Read Sidebars for the Big Picture - You won't find sidebars in every chapter; they're designed to give you more insight into a particular topic. If you're the kind of person who wants to know all the details, you'll find sidebars extremely valuable.


Troubleshooting

The "Troubleshooting" section is where you can go when things don't quite work out right. Chances are you'll find the solution to your problem there.

I've included notes in the chapters to direct you to these sections.

This is what a Troubleshooting note looks like. Text here describes a possible problem and tells you where to look for the solution.

In keeping with the concept of this book as a reference book, it includes a complete table of all the troubleshooting topics from the entire book. You'll find this table after the Table of Contents at the front of the book.

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

I always include a special section at the end of each chapter that gives you some bonus material. I wanted this section to have a name with character—one that truly illustrates the purpose of the section. I chose lagniappe as the name of this section. Lagniappe is an American French word that refers to a special gift given out of gratitude by a merchant at the end of a transaction. I felt that lagniappe was the perfect name for this section because it truly denotes the intent. (Thanks, Dad, for the recommendation.)

I sincerely hope you enjoy this book and find it to be an invaluable resource as you build Web sites with Expression Web 2.

Thank you for purchasing this book, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it for you!

—Jim

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