From the December LM

by cdwise 11. December 2008 01:46


If you missed today's live meeting you can download the pdf of the tips, tricks and shortcuts.

Other tips from the meeting that are not in the PDFs including:

  • Creating your own toolbar with the items you use most on it. Including the Refresh button which Ian says works better than F5.
  • Getting the update [see my previous blog post] that resolves the macro problem in Expression Web on Vista.
  • Use a double pipe || to create a code snippet that wraps existing code in a comment.

If I missed any tips let me know.

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Expression Web 2 Update Available

by cdwise 11. December 2008 01:35

If you are one of the people hit by the inability to run macros in Expression Web on Vista go to and get the update released today.

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JQuery - Adobe & Microsoft Integration

by cdwise 10. December 2008 07:44

Last month at Adobe MAX I saw how Adobe has added the ability to access and use JavaScript libraries (most prominently JQuery and YUI). The new ability in Dreamweaver CS 4 to freeze a web page in any state to see what classes and events are triggered is awesome.

Today, I'm sitting of the Westin Galleria in Houston (love local events) at Microsoft Developer Conference present on using JQuery. One of the most interesting things Rod Paddock had to say is that Microsoft will provide support for JQuery used withASP.NET. with ASP.NET. (PDC Lite) watching Rod show calling JQuery in ASP'NETshows just how far Microsoft is going in supporting open source libraries and making it easier to use non Microsoft tools.

I love having third party libraries supported. I sure hope the Expression we ton is going to follow suit and improve the extensibility of Expression Web in the next version.

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What do you do with an empty website

by cdwise 3. December 2008 02:29

Have you ever been stuck for where to begin with a new website? I don't know about you but there have been times where I just didn't quite know where to start whether on a site for myself, something to use in a tutorial or yes, even for a client.

So what do you do to get past that empty blank first web page?

First, I look at what the subject matter is for the site. If it is for a business I'll look to their logo assuming they have one for colors.

Then I'll look at any images the client provides or if there aren't any I'll think about the subject and go browse images at and see if there are any images that relate to the site topic and build my design from there.

If I am still stuck I may go over to CSS Zen Garden and browse there for inspiration. I may also use Google to bring up sites from companies that are competitors to see what they have done. (Sometimes this is very instructive on what not to do ) Remember that what you see as you browse the garden or competitor's sites that the purpose is not to copy any particular site but to get ideas on what you like or don't like for the website subject matter.

Once you have an idea about how the site should look you can start from scratch OR you can start with a high quality template and modify it to suit your needs. That is one reason we offer both site templates and single page basic layouts that you can use free of charge as a jumping off point.  However, we only offer a very limited number of templates and layouts that may not suit the design you have in mind.

Pat Geary, one of the moderators here on by-expression and a current FrontPage MVP has a website with Expression Web templates as well at Each of these Expression Web templates is css based using no tables for layout. These EW templates are written with an XHTML transitional doctype and have an external stylesheet. They are all F REE and while some are genealogy based, they are easily adapted for nay site. More genecology subject templates are available at

Where else can you find good free templates?

Note that these templates will not be Expression Web or Dreamweaver templates but page designs with graphics. You will have to convert the designs to a template for your editor of choice after you make whatever modifications to images, links and other bits you desire.

Make sure that you read the terms of use on for each template you may download. Some are free for non-commercial use while others may be free for use on both commercial and non-commercial sites. Others may require credit and link to the design author.

  • This month (December 2008) Smashing Magazine is offering 100 free xhtml/css templates you can download directly or others simply by registering.  Some of the ones requiring registration are offered as free downloads from Template Kingdom.
  • is a site from a single person Andreas Viklunk who offers templates and WordPress themes that can be used and customize but check his copyright and terms of use notice. He provides links to sites that have used and/or modified his templates as well.
  • short for Open Source Web Design is just what it says - an open source resource of web designs. Note that the quality of each template can vary since this is an open source project.
  • is another open source design site, one that hosts contests so again you get some variety in template quality.

If you know of any other template sites we should be listing let me know.

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Expression Web: Shortcuts, tips and tricks Live Meeting

by cdwise 2. December 2008 02:15

Second web based live meeting on Expression Web sponsored by
This session Cheryl D Wise, Tina Clarke and Pat Geary will be sharing shortcuts, tips and tricks for Expression Web. The focus will be on Expression Web 2.

The attempt to record the last Live Meeting was unsuccessful but I have a new laptop that seems to run Live Meeting better so we will attempt to record this one again. As with the last session we will end with a whiteboard discussion that will allow participants to download a pdf of any notes on the whiteboard.

There is a limited number of spaces available to ensure that you have a seat RSVP by using either the contact link or posting a comment on this blog.

If there is a particular topic you would like a tip, trick or shortcut on let us know.

Join the meeting. on December 10, 2008 at 9 a.m. Central Time (-6 GMT)

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