Setting the Page Editor Options in Microsoft Expression Web 3 (Part IV)

Posted by: Minal Agarwal , on 4/3/2010, in Category Expression Web
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Abstract: With Page Editor Options you can specify settings for various Microsoft Expression Web features. In this article we will explore few tabs of the Page Editor Options dialog box.
Setting the Page Editor Options in Microsoft Expression Web 3 (Part IV)
 
We have explored some Page Editor options already in my earlier articles; ‘Setting the Page Editor Options in Microsoft Expression Web 3 Part I, Part II and Part III’. In this article, we will explore all the remaining tabs of the Page Editor Options dialog box.
Authoring Tab
The Authoring tab lets you set the Doctype information and File Extensions for all your default documents. Well every page must have a Doctype declaration to meet the web standards. And what’s the point in typing that manually in every page you create, why not leave it to Expression Web. Yeah, but if you do not tell Expression Web what to do, Expression Web will go to the Quirks mode and do everything that it thinks is right. Doesn’t sound great, does it? The Authoring tab sets preferences for default documents, file extensions, Doctype and CSS Schema.
To open the Authoring tab; go to Tools > Page Editor Options > Authoring tab.
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New Documents-
This section has options for new documents that are created in Expression Web.
1.    Default Document: Choose the default type of document that is created in Expression Web. For instance, HTML, ASPX< PHP, XML and such other.
2.    Default HTML File Extension: sets the default file extension for all the HTML files.
3.    Add a byte order mark (BOM) when creating or renaming UTF-8 documents with these file extensions: choose the file types to which automatically BOM should be added.
Doctype and Secondary Schema-
Doctype declarations are used by browsers to determine which version of HTML the page is using. The Doctype and Secondary schema section allows you to set default Doctype so that Expression Web automatically adds it in all new pages. You can always choose your own Doctype by choosing ‘None’ from the drop down.
1.    Document Type Declaration: set the default document type declaration.
2.    Secondary Schema: set the secondary schema.
CSS Schema – Schema version: lets you choose the version of CSS you want Expression Web to use for Intellisense.
Picture tab
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1.    Default File Type Settings: Click the File Type Settings button to launch the Picture File Type dialog box, where you can change default settings used for converting one file type to another.
2.    Default File Type Conversion and Paste Settings: Choose conversion settings for picture files that are in incompatible formats.
Code Snippets
Code snippets are pieces of code or some text that you can add to your web pages. So any code that needs to be reused often can be created as a code snippet and associate a keyword with it to identify and access it. It saves a lot of time.
Add, Modify and Remove buttons let you add, edit and delete code snippets respectively.
Ruler and Grid
Rulers and Grids can be used as a guide while designing your page in Design View.
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1.    Ruler and grid units: Choose a unit for your rulers and grids.
2.    Display Grid: Choose Spacing, Line style and color.
3.    Snapping Grid: Choose spacing for the Snapping grid.
Intellisense
These options tell Expression Web how Intellisense functions while working in the Code View. To know in detail, read Intellisense Options in Microsoft Expression Web 3
Font Families
This tab lets you create font families.
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Choose ‘(New Font Family)’ in the Select font family section. Then Add fonts from the list of fonts given below. All the fonts you choose from the list will be added to the same Font Family. The Move Up and Move Down buttons let you reposition the font families in the list.
Conclusion
I am sure these options would help you while working with your web pages. My next article would cover some more Page Editor Options. I hope this article was helpful and that you enjoyed reading it. If you liked the article,  Subscribe to the RSS Feed or Subscribe Via Email
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Comment posted by Rocket Spanish on Friday, April 9, 2010 2:53 AM
Any code that needs to be reused often can be created as a code snippet and associate a keyword with it to identify and access it.

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