Although it doesn’t have any
specific tools to help responsive or mobile site design this is still possible in
Expression Web and I’ve created a number of
snippets to help the process.
HTML5 and CSS3 are the key
to responsive design, so the snippets cover the new HTML5 layout elements, form
input types and microdata tags, and the CSS3 snippets cover box-radius,
box-shadow, gradients etc. The mobile snippets include the CSS3 media queries,
mobile meta tags and the responsd.js shim that enables older non-HTML5/CSS3
browsers to use the media queries.
The snippets are downloadable
from the Expression Gallery:
I’ve also created a sample
mobile-friendly responsive template for EW.
One caveat about using the
CSS3 media queries with a mobile-first layout (the preferred way to use
them) is that the Design view in Expression Web doesn’t recognise the queries
and therefore displays the mobile view rather than the appropriate wide screen
view. You may therefore have to rely more on browser preview when laying out pages.