MS Expression Web

OK, I downloaded and tried out Expression Web.

If you’re starting from scratch, get it.

If you have a large existing webpage–forget it. It will not easily convert it. It will tell you about all kinds of errors due to changes of HTML terminology (font, align, border, etc., are all gone; all pictures must have an “alt.”).

If you seek to reorganize your files (e.g., move all images to an “image” folder), it will not make the corresponding changes in the pages (as FrontPage does). It will not automatically correct relative URLs.

Oh, what a headache this has all been, discovering these problems. So I’ve uninstalled Expression Web and will stick with FrontPage.

Update:

I’ve discovered that I can solve most of the problems by exploiting some of the features of FrontPage 2003 that I hadn’t gotten into using. I’ve had some fun revamping the layout of a couple of my pages: The Oak Tree and The Crowther Connection.

5 thoughts on “MS Expression Web

  1. As a philosophy major with no real computer experience, I learned everything from scratch using Elizabeth Castro’s HTML for the World Wide Web, which has seen repeated editions (the most recent incorporating CSS and XHTML.

    I had looked at FrontPage before, but in terms of building webpages / modifying your blog template, if you have the time and patience, nothing beats learning the code and getting a real sense of where everything goes and what it does. And nothing beats Castro’s book as a manual and reference guide, IMHO — each page devoted to a new element, with visual examples.

  2. Things have gone way beyond handcoding, except for the most basic webpages. And when you have dozens of megabytes of content, you need a program that manages the page, allows you to rearrange things and which updates all the links, and which can automatically search for broken links for you.

  3. Seems to load much faster. I’m using Mac’s Safari browser and your previous format kept loading and loading.

    Looks good.

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