Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is a powerful tool for creating and customizing SharePoint Server 2007 sites. In fact, the feature set of Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is so powerful that you do not need to grant access to all features to every power user for them to be productive; most power users will be satisfied with access to a subset of all features. To address this issue, SharePoint Designer 2007 includes a Contributor Settings feature that you use to ensure that only selected users are able to make certain kinds of modifications. You'll find out more about this feature in this chapter.
Microsoft FrontPage 2003 is the predecessor of SharePoint Designer 2007. This chapter provides a comparison between FrontPage 2003 and SharePoint Designer 2007, as well as an introduction to the SharePoint Designer 2007 user interface. SharePoint Designer 2007 offers support for adjusting the user interface of SharePoint sites, and you will learn how to do this.
This chapter also explores the extensive support in SharePoint Designer 2007 for cascading style sheets, as well as how to work with data sources in SharePoint Designer 2007 and how to use the Data Form Web Part. In addition, this chapter covers the different usage reports that are included in SharePoint Designer 2007.
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The ability to create workflows is an important part of the SharePoint Designer 2007 feature set. Creating workflows using Windows Workflow Foundation and SharePoint Designer for Workflows is covered in depth in Chapter 28, "Implementing Microsoft Windows Workflow Services."