- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672330644
- ISBN-13: 978-0672330643
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Customer Reviews: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,587,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 3 in 24 Hours 1st Edition
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About the Author
Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer, developer, programmer, and digital media expert based in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. For his work with Expression Web, he has been honored with Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional Award. He contributes regularly to the official Microsoft Expression newsletter, has been published in international design magazines, and blogs on Expression Web at designisphilosophy.com.
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I only maintain a personal site and am not a professional. I designed my page with Frontpage and have been wanting to update it for a long time, but knew it would be major overhaul if I didn't get another program. This book has taught me that it's not going to be as big of a job as I had thought, but I am going to take the time to change to cascading style sheets because of this book.
The book starts out very simply and gets complex toward the end. Take it a chapter at a time and you'll make it through just fine. Great for a beginner, but best for someone like me - someone who has tinkered around an knows just a little bit, but is looking to expand the knowledge.
Definitely worth the price and if you're switching to Expression Web 3 from an older program, I'd highly recommend this book.
Because your CSS is the foundation on which you build your site, start with that chapter and do your best to understand it before you try anything else in the book. To help, think of a CSS as little more than a glorified cheat sheet. Because that's what it is. It names and describes every style you create in your site in a simple list. Say that most of your text is 10 pt Arial in maroon, centered, with 9 px margins. And say you name it ".text" in your CSS. So, whenever you have any paragraph or even one line that you want to look like that, mouse over and click on .text in EW's style panel, and that para is then tagged (labeled) ".text".
When viewer's browsers open your site, they speedily read your CSS into cache and already know what to do when they see the .text tag on any of your pages. Without a CSS, every page of your site has to repeat every style used for browsers to re-read with every page. The benefit to you is that making changes to styles is easy: simply modify and save the style, and everything tagged with that style is changed in your entire site.
As I read thru the first several chapters of the book, I rebuilt my wife's 76-page FrontPage site, learning as I did and doing as I learned. I figured that I could later make a CSS. Wrong. Very wrong! I took the book's lesson too literally and used inline styles. I ended up rebuilding the site from scratch again, but with styles and a CSS.
Second - this is not a reference book. Where I am constantly disappointed in software books is their failure to explain/describe the many, many choices we face in dialog boxes. The most important is, of course, the New Style box (found in the Styles pane). I spent hours experimenting with different combinations of style settings and online looking for explanations of how to best select the many choices. The book's index is not short, but it's not inclusive, either; you will not find all the terms listed in the index. Plan on spending a few hours online.
If you don't use a CSS, at least use styles. When I didn't assign unique styles when I rebuilt my wife's site the first time, I had almost 15,000 compatibility errors using WE's compatibility checker. I just finished rebuilding the site again but used styles in a CSS, and I'm down to 3115 errors; most of which are PayPal's coding errors.
Be sure to see the tutorial part where the author shows how to move styles into a CSS; it's jaw-droppingly easy.