9780321213396

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Windows and Macintosh Visual QuickStart Guide

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    9780321213396

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2004-08-18
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
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Even if you've never used Macromedia Dreamweaver before, this Visual QuickStart Guide will have you up and running with Macromedia's popular Web authoring program in no time. In this completely updated edition of our best-selling guide to Macromedia Dreamweaver, everybody's favorite Dreamweaver guru, authorJ. Tarin Towers, returns with her trademark crystal-clear instructions and friendly prose to introduce users, both veteran and new, to the brave, new world of Dreamweaver MX 2004. Using step-by-step, task-based instructions and loads of visual aids, Tarin explains how to use all of the program's visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support to create stunning, accessible Web sites. Along the way, you'll find extensive coverage of all the program's new features: dynamic cross-browser validation, improved CSS support, built-in graphics editing, and more. Whether you're using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX as a WYSIWYG page-layout tool or a sophisticated text editor, you'll find this guide the key to it all.

Author Biography

J. Tarin Towers, based in San Francisco, wrote Peachpit's previous editions of Dreamweaver Visual QuickStart Guide, and has contributed as a writer and technical editor to more than a dozen books about computers and the Internet. As an editorial consultant, she has worked with such companies as Netscape Communications, Microsoft, Informix Software, Infoseek, and IDG. She is a published poet, fiction writer, and essayist, and her web site resides at www.tarin.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
What's New?
xiv
QuickStart Conventions
xxi
What's in This Book
xxii
Special to Mac Users
xxvi
About Application Servers and Dynamic Sites
xxix
Chapter 1: Getting Started 1(28)
Dreamweaver Tools
2(1)
The Dreamweaver Environment
3(3)
Arranging Your Workspace
6(6)
Planning Your Site
12(2)
The Document Window
14(2)
The Document Toolbar
16(1)
The Insert Bar
17(1)
Dreamweaver Objects
18(2)
Measuring in the Document Window
20(3)
Looking at Code
23(2)
Selecting Objects and Code
25(1)
The Property Inspector
26(1)
Invisible Elements
27(1)
About History
28(1)
Chapter 2: Setting Up a Local Site 29(38)
About the Files Panel
31(2)
The Files Panel
33(3)
Setting Up a Local Site
36(7)
If You're Upgrading
43(1)
Importing and Exporting Site Information
44(2)
Editing and Deleting Local Sites
46(2)
Files Panel Tips and Shortcuts
48(3)
Moving Files
51(1)
Managing Assets
52(2)
Kinds of Assets
54(1)
How Assets Work
55(3)
Previewing and Inserting Assets
58(2)
Using Favorites and Nicknames
60(3)
Editing and Sharing Assets
63(4)
Chapter 3: Basic Web Pages 67(38)
Creating New Files
68(4)
Getting a Head Start
72(2)
Opening Files
74(1)
Creating Content
75(6)
Page Properties
81(3)
Modifying the Page Color and Background
84(4)
Saving Your Work
88(2)
Saving a Copy of a File
90(1)
Previewing in a Browser
91(3)
Printing Documents
94(2)
Colors and Web Pages
96(2)
Colors and Windows
98(2)
Colors for the Mac
100(5)
Chapter 4: Editing Code 105(46)
About HTML
106(1)
Learning HTML
107(3)
Working with Code
110(2)
About Code View and Split View
112(2)
Code Options
114(2)
Using the Code Reference
116(2)
Using the Quick Tag Editor
118(5)
More Code-Editing Tools
123(2)
Using the Edit Tag Dialog Box
125(3)
Hand Coding in Dreamweaver
128(2)
About the Hints Menus
130(1)
Selecting Parent and Child Tags
131(2)
The Insert Tag Command and the Tag Chooser
133(2)
The Snippets Panel
135(5)
The Tag Inspector Panel
140(2)
Inserting Comments
142(2)
Setting HTML Preferences
144(3)
Cleaning Up HTML
147(4)
Chapter 5: Working with Images 151(36)
Placing an Image
152(3)
Inserting Images with the Assets Panel
155(2)
Selecting an Image
157(2)
Image Formats
159(1)
Image Properties
160(2)
Appearance Properties
162(4)
Layout Properties
166(3)
Page Loading Properties
169(3)
Editing Images in the Document Window
172(6)
Working with Fireworks and Dreamweaver
178(2)
Optimizing an Image for File Size Using Fireworks
180(1)
Image Optimizing Details
181(3)
Resampling an Image After Resizing
184(1)
Inserting an Image Placeholder
185(2)
Chapter 6: Working with Links 187(26)
Kinds of Links
188(2)
More About Relative Links
190(4)
Making Links
194(1)
Making Relative Links
195(2)
Image Links
197(2)
Pointing to a File
199(2)
Linking to an E-mail Address
201(3)
Linking to a Section of a Page
204(3)
Opening Links in a New Window
207(1)
Changing Link Colors
208(1)
Additional Link Options
209(1)
Smart Linking Strategies
210(3)
Chapter 7: Inserting & Playing Media 213(34)
Image Rollovers
215(2)
Using Navigation Bars
217(5)
Using Sound and Movie Files
222(4)
Sound File Parameters
226(3)
Netscape Plug-Ins
229(2)
Shockwave and Flash
231(2)
Creating Flash Objects in Dreamweaver
233(8)
Java Applets
241(1)
ActiveX
242(2)
Extra Parameters
244(3)
Chapter 8: Fonts and Characters 247(52)
Placing Text
248(2)
Things to Know About Text
250(5)
Dealing with Legacy Pages
255(3)
Meet the Property Inspector
258(2)
Creating and Saving CSS Text Formatting
260(8)
About Fonts and Typefaces
268(3)
Setting a Text Face
271(2)
Creating a Font Group
273(2)
Coloring Text
275(2)
Changing Text Size
277(5)
Using Text Styles
282(2)
Physical Text Styles
284(2)
More Physical Text Styles
286(1)
Logical Text Styles
287(1)
About Special Characters
288(1)
Inserting Special Characters
289(4)
Find and Replace
293(3)
Replacing Text Strings
296(1)
Checking Your Spelling
297(2)
Chapter 9: Paragraphs and Block Formatting 299(18)
Paragraphs vs. Line Breaks
300(1)
Breaking Lines Without Adding a Blank Line
301(1)
About Paragraph Tags
302(1)
Creating Headings
303(1)
Using Preformatted Text
304(2)
Formatting Lists
306(5)
Aligning Paragraphs
311(1)
Indenting Text
312(2)
The Nonbreaking Space
314(2)
Inserting Ruled Lines
316(1)
Chapter 10: Working with Word and Excel Files 317(48)
Creating a Word Text Style
318(2)
Linking to Microsoft Word and Excel Files
320(3)
Importing Data from Microsoft Office and Other Documents
323(7)
Importing Spreadsheet Data
330(2)
Exporting Table Contents into Spreadsheets
332(4)
Special Text-Pasting Tools
336(12)
Saving Word or Excel Files as HTML
348(12)
Cleaning Up Word HTML
360(5)
Chapter 11: Stylin' with Style Sheets 365(62)
In This Chapter
367(1)
How Style Sheets Work
368(1)
Using the CSS Styles Panel
369(1)
Getting a Head Start
370(2)
Kinds of Styles
372(2)
Kinds of Style Sheets
374(2)
Creating a Style
376(2)
Redefining an HTML Tag
378(3)
Creating a Style Class
381(2)
Applying a Style Class
383(2)
Renaming, Removing and Deleting Styles
385(3)
Defining New Selectors
388(7)
Using External Style Sheets
395(2)
Attaching an Existing External Style Sheet
397(1)
Adding Styles to an External Style Sheet
398(1)
Exporting Internal Styles into an External Style Sheet
399(2)
Editing Styles
401(6)
About Conflicting Styles
407(2)
Style Definitions
409(2)
Type Attributes
411(3)
Background Attributes
414(3)
Block Attributes
417(3)
Box Attributes
420(2)
Border Attributes
422(2)
List Attributes
424(2)
Extensions
426(1)
Chapter 12: Setting Up Tables 427(42)
Creating Tables
428(2)
About Layout Tables
430(2)
Getting Help Starting Your Page Layout Table
432(2)
Inserting a Table in Standard Mode
434(2)
Drawing a Layout
436(3)
Selecting Elements
439(3)
Adding Columns and Rows in Standard Mode
442(3)
Resizing Table Elements
445(3)
Dragging Columns and Rows in Standard Mode
448(1)
Moving a Layout Element
449(1)
About Width Settings in Layout Mode
450(5)
Merging and Splitting Cells
455(2)
Adding Content to a Table
457(1)
Aligning Tables and Content
458(2)
Adjusting Table Spacing
460(1)
Working with Table Borders
461(1)
Coloring Tables
462(2)
Setting a Background Image
464(2)
Sorting Table Contents
466(2)
Expanded Tables Mode
468(1)
Chapter 13: Framing Pages 469(34)
Frames and Navigation
470(2)
Setting Up a Frames Page
472(1)
Creating Frames by Dragging
473(2)
Quick and Dirty Frames
475(3)
About Nested Framesets
478(2)
Selecting Frames and Framesets
480(2)
Modifying the Frame Page Layout
482(1)
Deleting a Frame
483(1)
Setting Exact and Relative Sizes for Frames
484(3)
Setting Content Pages
487(1)
Creating Content Within a Frame
488(1)
Saving Your Work
489(3)
Frame Page Options
492(3)
Setting Margins
495(1)
Targeting Links
496(2)
Setting Targets
498(2)
Testing Your Targets
500(1)
Creating No-Frames Content
501(2)
Chapter 14: Layers and Positioning 503(36)
CSS Positioning
505(1)
Absolute vs. Relative Positioning
506(1)
Positioning Properties
507(2)
About the Layers Panel
509(1)
About the Grid
510(1)
Creating Layers
511(1)
Selecting Layers
512(1)
Renaming a Layer
513(1)
Moving Layers
514(2)
Resizing Layers
516(2)
Overlapping and Nesting
518(3)
Changing Layer Visibility
521(1)
Stacking Order
522(3)
Content and Layers
525(1)
Layers and Styles
526(1)
The Clipping Area
527(2)
Content Overflow
529(1)
Setting a Background
530(1)
Layer Preferences
531(2)
Converting Layers to Tables (and Vice Versa)
533(4)
Using a Tracing Image
537(2)
Chapter 15: Filling Out Forms 539(34)
Creating a Form
540(2)
Formatting Forms
542(1)
Adding Form Objects
543(1)
Names and Values
544(1)
Text Boxes
545(5)
Checkboxes
550(1)
Radio Buttons
551(3)
Menus and Lists
554(2)
Editing Menu Items
556(1)
Creating a List Box
557(1)
Jump Menus
558(3)
Hidden Form Fields
561(2)
Submit and Reset Buttons
563(2)
Image Fields
565(2)
Organizing Forms Using Fieldsets and Legends
567(3)
Making It Go
570(3)
Chapter 16: Behavior Modification 573(54)
JavaScript Concepts
574(2)
Adding Behaviors
576(3)
Deleting and Editing Behaviors
579(3)
Common Objects
582(2)
Event Handlers
584(2)
Common Actions
586(1)
Setting Status Bar Message
587(1)
Going to a New URL
588(2)
Popup Message
590(1)
Opening a New Browser Window
591(2)
Using Behaviors with Jump Menus
593(5)
Checking the Browser for Plug-in
598(2)
Checking Browser Version
600(2)
Complex Rollovers
602(2)
Preload Images
604(1)
Restoring Swapped Images
605(1)
Using Play Sound
606(1)
Using Control Shockwave or Flash
607(1)
Using Show or Hide Layers
608(2)
Using Validate Form Data
610(2)
Changing the Content of Frames and Layers
612(3)
Setting Text in a Form Field
615(1)
Using Change Property
616(2)
Making Layers Draggable
618(5)
Adding New Scripts and Behaviors
623(2)
Adding More Actions
625(2)
Chapter 17: Managing Your Web Sites 627(60)
Preparing to Put Your Site Online
629(1)
Docking or Expanding the Files Panel
630(2)
Setting Up Remote Site Info
632(6)
Remote Sites: Connecting to Your Server
638(1)
Remote Sites: Getting and Putting Files
639(2)
Site-less File Editing
641(12)
Saving Files Directly to the Server
653(2)
Using Check-in Names
655(3)
Checking Out Files
658(2)
Checking In Files
660(2)
Enabling Automatic Uploads
662(1)
Cloaking: Preventing Files From Uploading
663(2)
Synchronizing Modified Files
665(2)
Refreshing and Switching Views
667(1)
Using the Site Map
668(3)
Site Map Icons and Tips
671(3)
Drawing Links in the Site Map
674(2)
Managing Links
676(6)
Changing a Link Site-wide
682(1)
Site FTP Preferences
683(4)
Index 687

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