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Can't find Data View Tasks pop-up on page 334. Stuck on step 6.

On page 334, I believe it's missing a step that tells us to save. Or perhaps it isn't. I clicked Save, and then was unable to follow step 6. The trouble-shooting box tells us to find a pop-up button on the upper-right corner of the Design pane, but there is no button. Step 6 tell us to click the Insert Selected Fields As drop-down, then select Formatted. But the only 'Insert Selected Fields As' button I can find is in the Data Source Details and it the drop-down doesn't include 'Formatted'.

What do I do to continue following the instructions at step 6?

WynnSmith@gmail.com
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  • Hi Wynn,

    Which book are you asking about? Let us know, and we'll check this out.

    Thanks,

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Rachel,

    Thanks for your reply. The book is Expression Web 4 Step by Step. This is a bad terrible book, that nobody tried to follow prior to publishing. I've filled my copy with page after page of yellow high-lighter and work-arounds.

    I found a solution. In this case the solution was, after selecting the cell in the Detail view, go to the Data Source Details panel, and select 'link' in the Channel group. Then it becomes possible to follow the instruction to click the 'Insert Selected Fields As' drop-down and find 'Formatted'.

    Two pages later, on page 336, step 11, you find another example of the kind of mistake that's made over and over. It tells you to begin by holding down the Ctrl key. But if you do that, you'll include the previous selection. In Windows you always click an item first, before holding down the Ctrl key to include addtional selections.

    On page 338, step 1, it tells you to click the Data Tasks button, but no such button could be found, after much time searching Google, and trying different things, I found an alternative. In the Data View menu, you can directly choose 'Edit Columns'.

    The example of including data on a web page is terrible. Most of us are interested in including typical data such as Order Items, or Contact Lists. Why RSS feeds? And why an example that makes us edit the XSL file with parameters that aren't explained? And if we do that, why not give intstructions that can be followed? On page 340, step 6, how many spaces are we supposed to type in the Find dialog? The diagram below doesn't match. It has zero spaces. Worse, it turns out that when you search, there are at least two possible candidates found in the XSL file.

    This is a terrible book.
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  • Hi Wynn,

    I'm sorry that the book has been frustrating to work with, but I'm glad you found a solution to the original problem you wrote us about.

    We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you would like a refund on this book, you can find the details at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/customer-service/oreilly-guarantee.do.

    Also, if you're still trying to work through the book, our book support group is available to help. You can email them your questions at mspbooksupport@oreilly.com

    Once again, I'm sorry the book was a disappointment, but I hope we can help, either way.

    Regards,

    Rachel
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