Reader Robert Liccardo writes in response to my review of Visual Studio 2008 SP1:
Visual Studio 2008 SP1 also added the ability to handle Absolute positioning better in the designer. I inherited a web app where the entry forms had all of the controls absolutely positioned. Rather than redesigning all of the entry forms, I’ve been living with it and tweaking them here and there until I get time to redo them (whenever that is).
Visual Studio 2003 and 2005 allowed you to select multiple controls in the designer and align them. Visual Studio 2008 originally took that away since the designer was changed to be based on Expression Web.
Since rewriting the data entry forms in the app is not an option for me at this time, I stayed on Visual Studio 2005. I could have just lived with it and modified HTML by hand whenever a change was needed but that’d be a hassle. Now with VS 2008 SP1 I can move over and not have to worry about rewriting my data entry forms.
So oddly, that little feature was a the kicker for me with Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
In the MS Visual Web Developer blog, they made a point to mention:
We have been listening to your [strong] feedback and we are now happy to announce that multiple selection and alignment operations in Design view are coming back and will be included in VS 2008 SP1 RTM and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 SP1 RTM.
Anyway, I felt compelled to mention this to you,