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Special Edition Using Microsoft Expression Web 2 / Edition 2

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789737847
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 04/17/2008
Series: Special Edition Using Series
Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
Pages: 764
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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


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


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
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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