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/ .

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    Test your websites in different versions of Internet Explorer

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    [Update March 18, 2009 - see my new post about a new feature called SuperPreview for testing your website in multiple versions of IE: http://blogs.msdn.com/anna/archive/2009/03/18/test-your-sites-in-different-versions-of-internet-explorer-part-2-introducing...
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    Increase your search rankings with better web page titles

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    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...
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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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    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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    Make Web Not War

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    Picked up a bunch of these awesome bumper stickers from a colleague today. Make Web Not War is the tagline for http://www.microsoft.com/web .    
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    Oh to be young again, and free to form a global media company…

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    I received an email from Twitter last week, informing me that 9miles was now following me on Twitter . Turns out 9milesmedia.com is a group of 9 teenagers (ages 13 – 16) from all over the world doing some impressive creative work in web and graphic design...
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    New forum at Smashing Magazine

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    Smashing Magazine has launched a new forum: http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/ And they’re giving away web-related books to randomly selected registered forum members this Friday, Feb 13, 2009: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/09/smashing-forum...
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    The vexing hunt for HEX values

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    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...
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    Test your sites in different versions of Internet Explorer (Part 2) – Introducing SuperPreview (BETA)

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    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...
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    Twitter on PHP versus ASP.NET

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    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. ...
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    “Sadistic” Web Developers Taunt Internet Explorer 6 Users

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    There’s a good article on CNN.com today titled “ Web citizens trying to kill Internet Explorer 6 ”, about web developers going on the offense to get users of IE 6 to upgrade their browser . I was hoping to see Expression Web MVP Morten Rand-Hendricksen...
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    Who's editing your CSS?

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    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...
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    Lorem Ipsum Code Snippet

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    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...
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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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    Song and video inspired by Microsoft Windows

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    I’m so in love with this song and video right now. Jib Kidder’s “Windowdipper”: I learned about the song while watching So You Think You Can Dance . Do not judge me! :) Get your copy here: http://www.statesrightsrecords.com/
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    Google’s Chrome: Dang, Yet Another Browser to Test my Websites In…or should I even bother?

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    There’s a new kid on the block in the web browser neighborhood: CHROME by Google. Yet another web browser that front end web developers need to consider testing their websites in. Or do we? Depends… All of the web developers that I’ve met with consider...
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    Give up CSS layouts and use tables

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    The clock is ticking …. http://giveupandusetables.com/ ( Thanks to Janko Jovanovic for making me aware of this site )
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    Webmonkey.com reborn with version 2.0 BETA

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    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...
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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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    Separating the wheat from the chaff: Script & Style helps you find the best web development articles

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    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...
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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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    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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    HTML, CSS, and JavaScript reference at your fingertips: FireScope add-on for Firefox

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    SitePoint has released the “first phase” of their JavaScript reference , and they’ve also completely redesigned their Reference Site for improved usability. To coincide with the redesign, they’ve released a handy Firefox add-on called FireScope to integrate...
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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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    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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