Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 4 in 24 Hours

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 4 in 24 Hours : Updated for Service Pack 2 - HTML5, CSS 3, JQuery

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In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you'll learn how to build state-of-the-art websites with Microsoft Expression Web 4 (Service Pack 2), HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery! Using this book's straightforward, step-by-step approach, you'll master the entire web development process, from concept through delivery. You'll learn how to plan, design, and construct sites that are easy to manage and update, work perfectly on every browser, and get noticed by every search engine! Each lesson builds on what you've already learned, giving you a strong real-world foundation for success, no matter what kind of site you're building!

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Expression Web 4 SP2 tasks.
Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.
By the Way, Did You Know?, and Watch Out! boxes offer advice and solutions.

Learn how to...

Make the most of the new features, updated interface, and advanced standards support in Expression Web 4 SP2
Implement custom processes, toolbars, and workspaces for building sites faster
Use the new SEO Checker to consistently optimize pages for search engines
Write error-free code quickly with Code view and IntelliSense
Rapidly format (or reformat) hundreds of pages with Dynamic Web Templates
Use new jQuery UI widgets to create accordions, tabbed boxes, and interactive calendars
Embed HTML5 video apps from YouTube or other sites
Find and fix cross-browser inconsistencies with SP2's improved SuperPreview
Test protected functionality or live sites that require login
Use new publishing options to go live more quickly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 179 x 229 x 24mm | 734g
  • Sams Publishing
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0672335905
  • 9780672335907
  • 978,543

Table of contents

Introduction xiii
HOUR 1: Getting to Know Microsoft Expression Web 4 Service Pack 2 1
Introducing Expression Web 4 1
Getting and Installing Expression Web 4 3
Getting and Installing Service Pack 2 4
Getting Acquainted with the Workspace 5
Changing and Customizing the Workspace 13
HOUR 2: Beginning at the End: A Walkthrough of the Finished Project 23
Working with a Completed Website 24
Previewing the Site in Your Browser 27
Exploring the Website in Expression Web 4 32
Keeping Your Pages Functional 34
HOUR 3: A Website Is Really Just Text: Build One in 5 Minutes 39
Creating a New Website 39
Creating Your First Web Page 42
Testing Your Web Page in Multiple Browsers 47
SuperPreview: A Sneak Preview 49
HOUR 4: Building a Home Page: A Look Behind the Curtain 53
Opening and Editing an Existing File Using Code View 53
Importing Styled Text from a Document 57
Advanced Tag Editing 59
HOUR 5: Getting Connected with (Hyper)Links: The Cornerstone of the World Wide Web 65
Import a New Page and Create an Internal Hyperlink 66
Creating External Links and New Windows 72
Creating Internal Links Within Documents Using Bookmarks 74
Creating an Email Hyperlink 76
HOUR 6: Getting Visual, Part 1: Adding Images and Graphics 81
Images on the Web: Three File Types for Three Uses 82
Importing and Inserting an Image 83
Using Picture Properties to Change the Appearance of an Image 87
HOUR 7: Getting Visual, Part 2: Advanced Image Editing, Thumbnails, and Hotspots 95
Exploring the Pictures Toolbar 96
Using the Pictures Toolbar to Add and Change an Image 98
Creating Hotspots 104
HOUR 8: Cracking the Code: Working in Code View 109
HTML5, CSS3, and the Brave New World of Web Code 110
Tools in Code View 110
Using Code View as a Learning Tool 115
HOUR 9: Getting Boxed In, Part 1: Using Tables for Tabular Content 127
One-Minute History of Tables in Web Pages 128
Creating a Table from Scratch 129
Changing the Appearance of a Table 130
HOUR 10: Bringing Style to Substance with Cascading Style Sheets 143
CSS3: The New Style of the Web 145
CSS Sans Code 145
Setting the Font Family for the Entire Document 151
CSS Tools in Expression Web 4 155
HOUR 11: Getting Boxed In, Part 2: Knee Deep in CSS 163
CSS Classes--Because Not All Content Should Be Treated Equally 164
Introducing ID--Class's Almost Identical Twin 169
Classes Within Classes: Micromanaging the Content 173
Pseudoclasses 174
Understanding the Box Model 176
CSS3 Rounded Corners with Border Radius 178
HOUR 12: Styling with Code: Fully Immersed in CSS 183
Introducing CSS: The Code Version 184
Applying Classes to Tags in Code View 189
Creating External Style Sheets 193
HOUR 13: Getting Visual, Part 3: Images as Design Elements with CSS 203
Images as Backgrounds: A Crash Course 204
Using Images as List Bullets 213
Importing Adobe Photoshop Files 215
HOUR 14: Harnessing the Power of CSS Layouts 221
Starting with Pen and Paper 222
Building the Framework from Boxed Parts 223
Styling the Layout Boxes 225
Understanding Positioning 229
Applying the Framework to Existing Pages 232
Applying the New Framework to the Page 234
HOUR 15: Buttons, Buttons, Buttons 243
Buttons: A Brief Definition 244
Creating Buttons from Scratch Using CSS 244
HOUR 16: Using Code Snippets 257
Snippets: An Introduction 258
The Default Snippets 261
Using the jQuery UI Widgets Snippets 266
Creating and Editing Snippets 270
HOUR 17: Building a Functional Menu 275
Making the Basic Vertical Menu Exciting 276
The Horizontal Menu--Laying a List on Its Side 279
Pure CSS Drop-Down Menus: A Clean Alternative 281
HOUR 18: Dynamic Web Templates 297
Dynamic Web Templates 298
Understanding Dynamic Web Templates 306
HOUR 19: Getting Interactive with Forms 317
Creating Forms in Expression Web 4 318
Making Use of Form Results 325
Other Uses for Form Results 331
Forms in Code View 331
HOUR 20: Working with Flash and Other Embeddable Content 337
Flash: An Introduction 338
Adding the Tag for Full Cross-Browser Compatibility 344
Embedding YouTube and Other HTML5 Content 345
Bonus: Making the Flash Gallery Your Own 348
HOUR 21: Beyond the Basics, Part 1: PHP in Expression Web 4 353
PHP: An Introduction 354
Installing PHP on Your Computer to Test PHP Scripts 355
Creating an Email Form Using PHP 360
HOUR 22: Test Twice, Publish Once: Professional Cross-Browser Testing with SuperPreview 373
Snapshot: Instant Browser Previews Inside Expression Web 4 375
Using SuperPreview for Cross-Browser Testing 378
The Tools of SuperPreview 380
Setting Up and Using SuperPreview Online Service 387
SuperPreview Online Service Options 389
Identifying, Diagnosing, and Solving Cross-Browser Issues with SuperPreview 390
Solving IE6 Problems by Telling Visitors to Upgrade Their Browsers 395
HOUR 23: Beyond the Basics, Part 2: Get Noticed with the New Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Checker 401
What Is a Search Engine, Anyway? 402
Search Engine Optimization in Expression Web 4 403
HOUR 24: Publishing Your Website 411
A Word on Domains and Web Hosting 412
Six Different Publishing Options 413
Example: Publishing Content Using SFTP 420
Publishing Open Files Without the Publishing Panel 423
Advanced Publishing Settings 425
Index 431
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About Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is the owner and creative director of Pink & Yellow Media, a boutique-style design company providing digital media consulting and creations for individuals, businesses, and broadcast television. He was awarded the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award for his work with Microsoft Expression in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In addition to Microsoft Expression Web, Morten is considered an expert on the publishing platform WordPress and he has published numerous articles and videos and done public speaking engagements on both topics.

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 4 in 24 Hours is Morten's fourth published book. He is a regular contributor to the official Microsoft Expression newsletter and has been published in international design magazines. You can find more tutorials, articles, and other design-related musings on Morten's blog at, and you can follow his rants on Twitter under the name @mor10. Also, you might run into him in different forums and newsgroups throughout the Web, usually using the same handle.
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