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Implementing a Web Design

The coherent look and feel of a professionally designed Web site arises from the common design elements, which lend themselves to the creation of controls. The main content area of each page, however, is tailored to the specific information provided there. When working with a professional designer, you can implement a Web application via the following steps:

  1. Create class files during the prototyping phase. You will need to modify and extend the classes during implementation, of course, but this gives you a running start.
  2. Isolate common design elements into controls and develop the controls.
  3. Create a basic structure page containing the design elements that are common to all of the Web pages in the application.
  4. For each unique Web page in the application, create a separate ASPX page that matches the basic structure page.
  5. Set the properties of each modifiable control to meet the requirements of the specific Web page being developed.
  6. Paste the HTML from the content area delivered by the Web designer into the content area of the ASPX page.
  7. Localize the strings in the content area.
  8. Substitute server controls for all HTML elements in the Web page that you will need to handle at the server. You may convert existing HTML tags by adding an id attribute and runat="server", or you may substitute ASP.NET Web server controls that generate equivalent HTML.
  9. Write and test the server code behind the Web page.

You can determine the common design elements by inspection, as we already showed for the VB Snippets case study. Some of the resulting controls will belong in the basic structure page as shown in Figure 15-4 and 15-5. Once you create the basic structure page, you are ready to tackle localizing and programming the main content area of each page.

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