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  • I would think there is a solution, MS-driven, that can now create this. We are currently evaluating Expression and other tools and wanted to see what the limitations were.

    An example site is www.usaa.com for the front page.

    Any insight is appreciated.

    Monday, January 2, 2012 4:45 PM

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  • Sure. That sliding photo effect is just a gallery or lightbox. There are jillions of them available on the web. That effect is not built into EW. You'll just choose one that you like, as USAA did. It's javascript-based.

    You'll build your page in EW and slip the code in that you choose, as you would for any other item. Piece of cake.

    Search for terms such as CSS lightbox, javascript gallery, JQuery gallery, etc.


    Comic Sans walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out! We don't serve your type."
    • Edited by Bill Pearson Monday, January 2, 2012 5:14 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Drevline Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:57 AM
    Monday, January 2, 2012 5:12 PM

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  • Sure. That sliding photo effect is just a gallery or lightbox. There are jillions of them available on the web. That effect is not built into EW. You'll just choose one that you like, as USAA did. It's javascript-based.

    You'll build your page in EW and slip the code in that you choose, as you would for any other item. Piece of cake.

    Search for terms such as CSS lightbox, javascript gallery, JQuery gallery, etc.


    Comic Sans walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out! We don't serve your type."
    • Edited by Bill Pearson Monday, January 2, 2012 5:14 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Drevline Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:57 AM
    Monday, January 2, 2012 5:12 PM
  • Yeah, from looking at the source code, it's pretty heavily plain old javascript 1.2 and Yahoo's YUI library.

    I would think there is a solution, MS-driven, that can now create this.

    Really? Now, what would make you think that? No professional Web development tool (i.e. Expression Web or Dreamweaver) would bake into its code a single solution, limiting developers to that one solution, and pretty much guaranteeing obsolescence, when there are scores, hundreds, of competing solutions available, each offering its own advantages in terms of cost, simplicity, ease of use, features, power, flexibility, etc.

    So, why would you think that?

    If you're "evaluating" Expression, it must be with comparison to its only competition in the professional development space, Dreamweaver. Both offer trials—DW's is 30 days, EW's is 60 days—so download them and compare them. That's the best evaluation you can make.

    BTW, if what you're actually asking for is whether any professional development app has a drop-in, no knowledge needed implementation, then, no, for the reasons stated above. Then again, as made clear in the Prerequisites for Using Microsoft Expression Web, knowledge of HMTL and CSS is required just to use the tool itself. So, you may want to take that into account in your evaluation, also considering that the same is true of Dreamweaver.

    cheers,
    scott


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    Monday, January 2, 2012 6:10 PM
  • The limitations of EW are explained in the first link in the "Form FAQ - Start Here" post.  In other words, the knowledge requirements YOU need to have to use EW.   Be very, very aware of them: EW is a professional level tool that expects you to know the underlying technologies.

    It does not create special effects galleries for you.  You need to know either the code to create your own in EW, or enough knowledge to search the web for examples or even pre-packaged scripts/tools to create them, and know how to copy them into your site.

    For example, a simple "View Source" of that page would show you it's a javascript solution.  Buy one, find a free one, or role your own.  Or use a different sort of "lightbox" or "scrolling gallery" or a few other search terms you could use.


    • Edited by KathyW2 Monday, January 2, 2012 6:12 PM
    Monday, January 2, 2012 6:12 PM
  • Thanks for the post. Find a nice one for $10 online. Appreciate the insight. I will plug that in to Expression and see what it looks like.
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:57 AM