In June 2008, expect Microsoft to stop providing full support to Microsoft Front Page. For many of us, all we’ve known about building web sites was Microsoft Frontpage. Sure, professional web designers would never touch Frontage Page as they claimed it added a lot of non-standard HTML code to one’s web site. And it did.
Over the next few months Microsoft is rolling out a new set of web building tools, Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 and Microsoft Expression Web Designer, which will work with Microsoft’s collaboration software, Sharepoint. Right now these emerging tools are focused on enterprise/information workers who want to build Microsoft Share Point based webs sites with enhanced collaborative features.
According to Microsoft Microsoft Expression Web Designer provides a professional tool for producing high-quality, standard-based Web sites in precisely the ways that designers today want to work. It enables the user to dynamically design, develop, and maintain exceptional standards-based Web sites.
The software features a flexible workspace that provides easy access to professional Web designers¬? most heavily used task panes, toolbars and controls. Expression Web Designer is designed to give users precise control over style editing and design commands, such as direct manipulation of positioning, sizing and padding within CSS page layouts. Designers can readily incorporate standard XML data to make their Web pages more usable and expressive. They gain full support for ASP.NET 2.0, no-code data binding, Master Pages, and an array of server and user controls in a single tool for integrating dynamic applications into their Web sites. Built-in compatibility and accessibility checkers also help ensure that a site created in Expression Web Designer will render properly in any browser.
With the product¬?s deep support for ASP.NET, which is Microsoft¬?s platform for building Web applications, site designers can create highly sophisticated and interactive sites that typically have required the server coding expertise of a Web developer. In addition, this ASP.NET support makes it much easier for developers and design professionals to work side by side on these types of projects, where the developer is working in Visual Studio and the designer is working in Expression Web Designer.
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