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Working with Text in Microsoft Expression Web 2

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Modern Web standards try as much as possible to separate what the text says (its content) from how it looks (its appearance or presentation). For that reason, this chapter shows you how to treat your text more like an outline, focusing on the sequence and relative importance of different parts of your information.
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On the surface, working with text in Expression Web is very much like using any word processing program. Unlike with word processing, however, you should not format your Web text (bold, italic, font size, and so on) as you enter it. It’s true that in the early days of the Web, you often applied font and style tags in the same as-you-worked fashion as word processing. Modern Web standards, however, try as much as possible to separate what the text says (its content) from how it looks (its appearance or presentation).

That’s in part because a Web page may be read on a cell phone screen or a page-sized monitor. By separating content from presentation, it’s much easier to create codes that allow your Web pages to automatically adjust to whatever reads them (including text-to-speech programs for the visually impaired).

Think instead of your text and headings as you would an outline. Outlines seldom look fancy. Instead, they focus on the sequence and relative importance of different parts of your information by using headings and indents. For that reason, this chapter shows you how to treat your text more like an outline. As for the business of formatting the appearance of your text, see “Creating Styles with CSS” on page 123.

Entering and Selecting Text

The standard techniques you use in text-editing programs—entering text, selecting, moving, cutting, and copying—work similarly in Expression Web.

To enter text on a Web page:

  1. Open the Web page in which you want to work, and click where you want to enter text.

    A blinking vertical bar marks the text insertion spot.

  2. Start typing, and the text appears at the insertion spot (Figure 4.1).

    Figure 4.1

    Figure 4.1 To enter text on a Web page, start typing and the text appears at the insertion spot.

To select text on a page:

Do one of the following:

  • Click and drag through the text you want to select.
  • Double-click a word to select it.
  • Triple-click anywhere in a paragraph to select it.
  • Click at the beginning (or end) of the text you want to select, and press ctrl-shft-rgt-arrow.gif (or ctrl-shft-lft-arrow.gif) until you’ve selected all the desired text.
  • Move your cursor to the left end of a line, and when it becomes an arrow, click to select the entire line.
  • Move your cursor to the left end of a line, and when it becomes an arrow, double-click to select the entire paragraph.

To move text:

  1. Select the text you want to move (Figure 4.2).

    Figure 4.2

    Figure 4.2 Select the text you want to move.

  2. Click and drag the highlighted text to its new location (Figure 4.3).

    Figure 4.3

    Figure 4.3 Click and drag the highlighted text to its new location.

  3. Release your cursor, and the selected text moves to the new spot (Figure 4.4).

    Figure 4.4

    Figure 4.4 Release the cursor, and the selected text moves to the new spot.

To cut or copy text:

  1. Select the text you want to cut or copy.
  2. Choose Edit > Cut (ctrl-x.gif), or right-click and choose Cut from the drop-down menu.

    The selected text is stored in the Clipboard for pasting elsewhere.


    Choose Edit > Copy (ctrl-c.gif), or right-click and choose Copy from the drop-down menu.

    The selected text is stored in the Clipboard for pasting elsewhere.

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