Note: These instructions were written in June, 2010 for Version 3 of Microsoft Expression Web, except where noted.
Microsoft Expression Web is a successor to Microsoft's Front Page Web editor and is generally superior than Front Page in terms HTML which follows standards while maintaining an interface similar to Microsoft Office. For one thing, new documents are encoded as utf-8 (Unicode) by default instead of the win-1252 encoding used by Front Page.
For reasons dealing with language tagging, it is recommended that users purchase or upgrade to Web Expression 3.
Note: Expression Web 3 also removes the Chinese Translation tool and the Insert Redirection tools.
To insert symbols and accented characters.
The default encoding of a new Web document is utf-8 (Unicode). That means you can generally type directly into Microsoft Expression by switching your keyboards. Keyboards for any scripts you wish to use must first be installed and activated within your Windows Operating system. See the Keyboards section for more details on how to activate keyboards. Supported keyboards include the Windows U.S. International Keyboard.
If switching keyboards does not work, then open the code view and make sure the encoding meta
tag is set correctly.
Note: There may be additional issues with some less supported scripts, including lack of an appropriate encoded font for those characters. See the By Language section for recommended fonts for different scripts.
The default encoding for HTML documents created in U.S. Dreamweaver is utf-8 (Unicode). To verify or change the encoding of a particular document, do the following:
If your HTML document is set to an encoding other than Unicode, (e.g. Latin 1/ISO88-59-1) some characters may be converted to numeric escape codes in the HTML code. Although the page is viewable, it may be difficult to edit some of the escape codes.
For instance if a new document is created while the user is typing with the French keyboard, then the document will be set to <lang="fr">. If the user then switches to another keyboard (e.g. Greek), that section will be marked in the second language.
Note: This feature has been removed in Expression Web 3.
If you do not want automatic language tagging, then:
If you need to add or change language tags, do the following:
These directions assume you need to tag a word or phrase in a second language. You will probably need access to the HTML code view to accomplish this efficiently.
If you need to tag a longer passage (e.g. a paragraph, blockquote), then you can either.
Note: Most modern browsers automatically switch fonts if the default font does not contain the appropriate character. However, if you wish to exercise more formatting control, you can do so in the Page Editor Options. See tips for selecting Web fonts for more information on selecting appropriate fonts.
In some cases, you may need to change your default font (particularly the Code view font) to one that supports a particular range of characters. to do that:
To add to the list of possible font options to be used in CSS font formatting:
Another way to work with Expression Web is to open an encoded text file, copy and paste text and then add the formatting or style tags as needed.
These text editors allow you to easily type encoded text then export them as properly encoded HTML or text files.
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