The Unofficial Guide to Macromedia Dreamweaver 8
You can dream big with Macromedia's robust Dreamweaver Web design software, but to use it with confidence you need to understand its quirks and shortcuts. Find out what the manual doesn't always tell you in this insider's guide to using Dreamweaver in the real world. Must you know HTML to design Web pages? How do the pros add data to Web sites? From working with frames and forms to jumping into multimedia ina big way--first get the official way, then the best way from an expert.
Unbiased coverage on getting the most out of Dreamweaver, including how to set up a site structure, design your interface, and use graphics, media, and text to draw visitors
Savvy, real-world advice on topics from using templates, libraries,and application panels, to adding scripts and live data
Time-saving techniques and practical guidance on using Flash(r)and other media, adding forms, and more ways to create, build, andmanage your Web site effectively
Tips and hacks on how to increase productivity and avoid pitfalls
Sidebars and tables on sketching a site flow plan, selecting ahosting service, and checking files in and out
Watch for these graphic icons in every chapter to guide you to specific practical information.
* Bright Ideas are smart innovations that will save you time or hassle.
* Hacks are insider tips and shortcuts that increase productivity.
* When you see Watch Out! heed the cautions or warnings to help you avoid commonpitfalls.
* And finally, check out Inside Scoops for practical insights from the author. It's like having your own expert at your side!
Table of Contents
I Planning Your Web Site.
1 Designing Your User Interface.
Figuring out your purpose.
Understanding your visitors.
Creating a site structure.
Good content design.
2 Using Images and Media.
Understanding the purpose of images.Types of images on your site.
Good and bad uses of images.
Using Flash effectively.
Dreamweaver and image editors.
How to view scripts.
Scripts that can detract.
Good and bad uses of scripts.
Just the facts.
4 Choosing Your Technology.
Languages supported by Dreamweaver.
ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML).
Adding other types.II Getting to Know Dreamweaver.
5 Starting Dreamweaver: Choosing the Right Project.
Viewing the tour.
Going through the tutorials.
Create from Samples.
6 Choosing Your View.
Picking the right view.
Controlling your view.
7 Setting Up Your Site.
All about sites.
Creating your site.
Modifying your site.
Using a remote server.
Checking files in and out.
8 Understanding Properties, CSS, and Application Panels.
9 Understanding Tag Inspector and Files Panels.
Tag Inspector panel.
Using the Tag Chooser.
10 Using Templates and Libraries.
Applying and removing templates.
What does template code look like?
11 Understanding the Editor Pane.
Code, Design, and Split view buttons.
Preview/Debug in Browser.
III Graphics, Media, and Text Layout.
12 Inserting Images, Hotspots, and Placeholders.
Using an image placeholder.
Editing image placeholders with Fireworks.
13 Adding Media to Your Page.
14 All About Placement.
Laying out your pages.
Using rulers and grids.
Modifying tables with the Properties panel.
15 Adding Motion with Dreamweaver Timelines.
Using timelines to animate layers.
Adding objects to timelines.
Working with multiple timelines.
16 Controlling Text Appearance.
Setting text styles with the Properties panel.
Setting text styles in HTML.
Setting text styles with CSS.
Creating a uniform style for your site.
IV Code View.
17 HTML Basics.
Activating Code view options.
Creating a page from scratch.
Modifying page properties.
Adding the three types of links.
Using code snippets to save time.
18 CSS Basics.
CSS page properties.
Changing boxes and borders.
19 DHTML Basics.
The Document Object Model.
Changing text styles.
Hiding and showing objects.
Changing the content of objects.
20 Frame Basics.
Frame navigation tips.
21 Form Basics.
Adding a form.
Overview of form fields.
Creating a form.
Dreamweaver starter forms.
V Adding Scripts, Live Data, and Multimedia.
Choosing the right scripts.
The Behaviors panel.
Adding image rollovers.
23 Activating Your Forms.
Choosing your processing language.
Adding action to your forms.
GET versus POST.
Responding to forms.
24 Creating Applications.
Setting up a test server.
Linking to a recordset.
Creating and executing stored procedures.
Inserting, updating, and deleting data.
25 Flash and Other Media.
How Dreamweaver works with Flash.
What Flash is and isn’t.
Controlling Flash in your page with Dreamweaver.
Choosing to use sound or video.
Adding sound and video.
Using Java applets.
VI Finishing Your Site and Beyond.
26 Finishing Your Site.
Checking and double-checking.
Examining your paths.
Backing up pages.
Collaborating with other programmers and designers.
27 Going Further with Dreamweaver.
Maintaining your site.
Keeping your designs current.
Making money with your Dreamweaver skills.
Joining Dreamweaver user communities.
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