Anna Ullrich

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

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About Anna Ullrich

About the blog

My blog is devoted to art, creativity, front end web design / development, Expression Web, and whatever else is on my mind I suppose. I enjoy troubleshooting HTML and CSS markup and seeing what people are working on, so if you've got a page problem you can't figure out, email me and maybe I'll feature the problem and solution in a post. If you have any other Expression Web questions that you'd like me to address, especially CSS stuff, please send me an email. And hey, don't be judging the markup of this blog...I know it doesn't validate...but I only have so much control over the markup that this blog management tool generates, so don't be hating on my markup please. :)

About me

Anna Ullrich's headI earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, both in photography. My digital artwork reminds many of the work of Hieronymus Bosch and also Terry Gilliam.

I started hand-coding websites in grad school, and supported the development of department websites there. I taught HTML and web design at a few other universities, and continue to build websites on occasion as a freelancer.

I spent several years at Adobe, as a technical support engineer for Adobe GoLive, as a web producer, and also as a technical writer. I co-authored a book on Adobe After Effects and worked on a few other After Effects books before finding my way to the Microsoft Expression group. I credit this video http://origin.www.spike.com/video/2679657, starring Napoleon Dynamite (I too hate the Yeti!) and Bill Gates, with inspiring me to look up Microsoft's Careers website and discovering a great match with the new Expression Web team. You can find me and my avatar moderating at the Expression Web forum here: http://forums.expression.microsoft.com/en-US/web/threads/ .

Me elsewhere

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    Add W3C search to the Internet Explorer or Firefox search box

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    As you've surely discovered by now, in the top right corner of Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox is a text box you can use to search the web: If you type something in that box and press ENTER, the browser sends the text you entered to your default...
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    Ian Curtis dancing out of control

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    Microsoft will be releasing a special Joy Division edition version of the Zune music player to coincide with the release of the Joy Division documentary . Joy Division - She's lost control again Joy Division - She's lost control again Joy Division - Love...
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    ART = DECOR

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    Question: What's fine art photography? Spike Mafford 's reply: "...art that's used as decor rather than a commercial application, like on a coffee mug or a packaging somehow." Art is decor ... yikes, if you feel like starting a riot sometime...
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    Am I hot or not?

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    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...
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    Books as sculpture

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    Brian Dettmer creates beautiful diorama-like sculptures out of books. More images at Aron Packer Gallery and Kinz, Tillou and Feigen , and Justin Ruckman's Centripetal Notion blog.
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    Click to activate DEACTIVATED in Internet Explorer

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    Passing along the good news that the 'click to activate' behavior has been removed from Internet Explorer: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/04/08/ie-automatic-component-activation-now-available.aspx Hooray!
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    In 3 and a half minutes, all you need to know about web design and web standards

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    Get your ART on @ Microsoft

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    When I arrived for my first interview to join the Expression Web team at Microsoft, I went past the receptionist's desk and through the glass entryway and was really surprised to be faced with a sculpture (titled "The Knight") by the folk artist Terry...
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    Flash Magazine review of Expression Web & Eric Meyer's CSS Sculptor

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    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
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    Foxy searching

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    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...
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    nonstandard Web Standards meetups ?

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    I searched http://www.meetup.com/ this morning for "web standards" to see if there were any new meetups in the Seattle area that I might attend to talk shop and get input about a website that I want to quickly design and deploy this month. In addition...
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    plates overflowing with CSS

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    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...
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    Creating a "content" snippet

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    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...
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    Community website for Expression

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    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:
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    Meet with folks from Expression Web at MIX 2008

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    Four members of my Expression Web team (sadly not me!) are headed to MIX 2008 in Las Vegas, and would like to meet up with anyone who will also be there. See here for more info: http://blogs.msdn.com/xweb/archive/2008/02/22/meet-us-at-mix-2008.aspx
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    NEW Expression community discussion forums

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    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...
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    Center a page (horizontally) by using CSS

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    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...
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    wrestlers

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    just something I started last weekend:
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    Interactive buttons - a better way using CSS

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    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...
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