Things You Should Know
Expression Web was first released in 2006 by Microsoft, and it replaced the venerable FrontPage web design tool and HTML editor. While Expression Web has rapidly developed through the last several years, it still maintains much of the ease and stability that many web developers enjoyed with FrontPage. Here we will take a look at several Microsoft Expression Web features.
One of the more favorable features of Expression Web is that it can be used in any web browser. FrontPage lacked structured coding and many generated codes did not work well, or at all, in any browsers besides Internet Explorer. While Expression Web writes code for IE first, it does provide standards for other web browsers second.
Microsoft Expression Web contains three useful validators that are excellent for users who are more focused on design and page layout. The first is a CSS validator which is used to check selected documents to ensure that all CSS is properly used, such as tags that contain undefined classes. The second is an HTML validator which uses a declared DTD, or set DTD, to verify that all pages are valid and CSS meets certain standards. The third is an accessibility validator. This is primarily used to make sure that the web page or site meets all standards for accessibility.
The final feature used with Expression Web is its connection with Microsoft Script Editor. Since Microsoft Expression Web is not meant to be used for code writing, the Script Editor can provide client-side scripting, as well as debugging tools. Although this can be an inconvenience for some web developers, others who generally use Expression Web for basic design and layout do not necessarily require this feature.