Microsoft Expression Web

Web Publishing Tools, Techniques and Methods

Expression Web from Microsoft is one of the best web publishing tools available today.  This sophisticated web authoring application provides an intuitive user interface that has a similar look and feel to other Microsoft Office products.  In addition, it is now available free.

Although this web publishing tool is suitable for new web designers, it also provides advanced features that professional web publishers would want to use.  Because it is so simple to switch between the "WYSIWYG" user interface (What You See Is What You Get) and the "HTML Code" interface, one can easily view the HTML Code as pages are built.

Expression Web also provides functionality to insert user-defined code into a page.  This code is protected when changes are subsequently made using the WYSIWYG user interface.

Web Publishing

Expression Web has numerous features that enable software objects to be reused, thereby saving much development and maintenance effort.  These features include support for dynamic web templates (DWT), "included" pages and external syle sheets (CSS).

The website generation capabilities of this popular web authoring tool are excellent.  Expression Web remembers which objects need to be published to the web. Alternatively, users can specify objects that are to publish or can request that the entire website be re-published.

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