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: The vexing hunt for HEX values

    I’ve watched a lot of web developers jumping between their HTML code editor and their page comp in Photoshop to look up the hexadecimal value of colors in the page comp. Should be a simple process but the steps they take are often painful to watch. So I decided to write up some Photoshop tips to show...
  • Blog Post: Separating the wheat from the chaff: Script & Style helps you find the best web development articles

    The Community Server control panel for my blog purports to show me what site a person was on when they clicked a link and came to my blog. Looking at the panel tonight, I noticed many hits coming to my post “ Test your websites in different versions of Internet Explorer ” from scriptandstyle.com where...
  • 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: 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: Webmonkey.com reborn with version 2.0 BETA

    When I first started building websites, I visited webmonkey.com often for its tutorials and to look up stuff but the website appeared to die out several years ago.  Apparently the folks at Wired have resurrected the website this past week as Webmonkey 2.0 BETA: http://www.webmonkey.com/
  • Blog Post: In 3 and a half minutes, all you need to know about web design and web standards

  • 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: plates overflowing with CSS

    I think I'm the only person at Microsoft who brings her own plate to the cafeterias on campus here in Redmond. I've gotten a lot of positive encouragement from other people who notice me and my plate, but I've yet to see anyone else doing this in my two years here. I do this because in many ways, including...
  • 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: 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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