Anna Ullrich

Anna Ullrich's blog, devoted to art, creativity, web design & development, and Microsoft Expression Web

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  • Blog Post: Increase your search rankings with better web page titles

    Are you still waiting for a flood of visitors to find your site? Wondering if you need to invest in some online ads or an SEO specialist? Before you do any heavy lifting, first try the simple task of reviewing the titles of your web pages for their search relevance. A web page title does not appear anywhere...
  • Blog Post: Lorem Ipsum Code Snippet

    I just made my first contribution to the newish Gallery section of the Expression Community website where anyone can add content and templates to share. Here’s a screenshot of the current categories: One of many cool things about the gallery is that you can select a friendly URL name for your contribution...
  • Blog Post: Test your sites in different versions of Internet Explorer (Part 2) – Introducing SuperPreview (BETA)

    My earlier post Test your websites in different versions of Internet Explorer has received a lot of hits since posted it and so I'm really pleased to submit this follow-up post on a new feature developed by my Expression Web team called SuperPreview that helps with the same problem. Rather than...
  • Blog Post: Twitter on PHP versus ASP.NET

    NETTUTS is a good website for web development and design tutorials: http://nettuts.com/ . Jeffrey Way , the person behind the NETTUTS website also maintains a NETTUTS profile on both Facebook and Twitter where his latest statuses caught my eye. Turns out he innocently posted an update to TWITTER...
  • Blog Post: Better error messages “are recommended”

    A code error tip in Expression Web: “The World-Wide-Web Consortium now regards the attribute ‘[ html attribute name ]’ as outdated. Newer constructs are recommended.” Newer constructs are recommended? Who talks like that?! With all due respect, some developers talk like that, that’s who. Technical writers...
  • Blog Post: Who's editing your CSS?

    The vast majority of front end web developers that I've met prefer to write their own markup in the code editor rather than let the program generate the markup for them. In fact, it's a point of pride to hand code because WYSIWYG programs have gotten a reputation for bloated code, mangled tags, and undesirable...
  • Blog Post: Am I hot or not?

    You've visited the http://www.hotornot.com/ website. You've voted. You've compared your vote to the average of all other voters. (You've wondered if the rumors are true that the founders of hotornot sold it for 20 million.) Maybe you've also visited http://www.hotcaptcha.com/ , but that felt a little...
  • Blog Post: Flash Magazine review of Expression Web & Eric Meyer's CSS Sculptor

    Good review of Expression Web and Eric Meyer's CSS Sculptor add-in for the program: http://www.flashmagazine.com/news/detail/eric_meyers_css_sculptor_for_expression_web
  • Blog Post: Foxy searching

    The first time I hit CTRL+F while using Firefox I thought I had either encountered a bug or the design of the program was flawed because nothing seemed to happen. Where was the Find dialog box that every other program on the planet (including Internet Explorer) pops up in front of you, blocking your...
  • Blog Post: Creating a "content" snippet

    I was working on a demo to present to a few people earlier today, and wanted to insert some Latin filler text into the page that I was mocking up in Expression Web. So as I usually do, I pulled up http://www.lipsum.com/ in my browser, entered the number of paragraphs I wanted, pressed their Generate...
  • Blog Post: Community website for Expression

    Check out the new Community website devoted to design, creative development, and Expression Studio: http://expression.microsoft.com/ You'll find all sorts of stuff there for inspiration, learning, and community, and I'll be there too:
  • Blog Post: NEW Expression community discussion forums

    The Expression family of products has a new and greatly improved discussion forum: http://forums.expression.microsoft.com The new forums have many new features including a tag cloud, user avatars, richer ux, and official forum moderators from the product teams, including yours truly. The previous...
  • Blog Post: Center a page (horizontally) by using CSS

    I often see posts in the Microsoft Expression Web discussion forum, asking how to make a web page appear centered in the web browser. One simple method is to surround the contents of your page with a div (if it isn't already), set the div's width, and then set the div's left and right margins to auto...
  • Blog Post: Interactive buttons - a better way using CSS

    My inaugural blog post is a tutorial that I promised to create for an Expression Web user a long (too long!) while ago. I promised to show him how easy it is to use CSS instead of the Interactive Buttons feature he relies on in Expression Web. The Interactive Buttons feature generates simple button images...
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