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100%of what you need to learn and master Dreamweaver 3 - the award-winning Web development tool:
  • Incorporate the latest Web technologies, such as XML and SMIL, into your Web pages.
  • Strengthen the active content of your Web pages through Dreamweaver's automation and database features Create "cross-browser" code that supports both Netscape and Microsoft browsers.
  • Work more effectively by taking advantage of Dreamweaver's special integration with award-winning Macromedia programs Flash and Fireworks
  • Move artwork and text freely, drag and drop elements onto a page, and automate code fully utilizing the first HTML editor that includes support for Dynamic HTML
  • Add JavaScript behaviors using the JavaScript library support
  • Learn easy animation tricks using a Director-style time line and utilize cascading style sheets, layering, absolute positioning, and other cutting-edge effects

    About The Author
    Joseph Lowery (New York) has been writing about computers since 1981. Besides writing for such magazines as AmigaWorld, Amazing Computing and Wired, he wrote Dreamweaver Bible, Dreamweaver 2 Bible, soon to be released Fireworks 2 Bible, and Buying Online for Dummies. He has garnered the attention and respect of many at Macromedia and has been featured as one of their "celebrity presentors" for the Macromedia User Conference (SF and Paris), and as a speaker for the Macromedia Seminar Series (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York).

A guide for experienced users explains how to use the upgraded Web site authoring program to create interactive sites using forms, Dreamweaver's windows and inspectors, drop links, client-side image maps, JavaScripts, applets, and Dynamic HTML.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764534584
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2000
  • Series: Bible Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1128
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 2.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph W. Lowery has been writing about computers and new technology since 1981. He is the author of the Dreamweaver 2 Bible and Buying Online For Dummies (IDG Books Worldwide). He has also written books on using the Internet for business and HTML, and has contributed to several books on Microsoft Office. Joseph is currently Contributing Editor for GadgetBoy, an online consumer review service, as well as Webmaster for a variety of sites. Joseph and his wife, dancer/choreographer Debra Wanner, have a daughter, Margot.
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Chapter 1

  • The Real World of Dreamweaver
  • The Dreamweaver Interface
  • Up-to-Date HTML Standards
  • Next-Generation Features
  • Program Extensibility
  • Automation Enhancements
  • Site Management Tools

Dreamweaver, by Macromedia, is a professional Web site development program. Among its many distinctions, Dreamweaver was the first Web development program to take advantage of the capabilities of the latest generation of browsers, making it easy for developers to use advanced features such as Cascading Style Sheets and Dynamic HTML.

Dreamweaver is truly a tool designed by Web developers for Web developers. Designed from the ground up to work the way professional Web designers do, Dreamweaver speeds site construction and streamlines site maintenance. Throughout this chapter, you can see the philosophical underpinnings of the program and get a better sense of how Dreamweaver blends traditional HTML with cutting-edge techniques. You also learn some of the advanced features that Dreamweaver offers to help you manage a Web site.

The Real World of Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is a program very much rooted in the real world. For example, Dreamweaver recognizes the problem of incompatible browser commands and addresses it by producing cross-browser compatible code. Dreamweaver even includes browser-specific HTML validation so you can see how your existing or new code works in a particular browser.

Dreamweaver 3 extends the real-world concept to the workplace. Features such as Dream templates streamline the production and maintenance process on large Web sites. Dreamweaver's advanced layers-to-tables feature make it possible to quickly position content during the design stage, while keeping your pages backwardly browser compatible when published. Dreamweaver's commands capability enables Web designers to automate their most difficult Web creations.

Integrated visual and text editors

In the early days of the World Wide Web, most developers "hand-coded" their Web pages using simple text editors such as Notepad and SimpleText. The second generation of Web authoring tools brought visual design or WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") editors to market. What these products furnished in ease of layout, they lacked in completeness of code. Professional Web developers found they still needed to hand-code their Web pages, even with the most sophisticated WYSIWYG editor.

Dreamweaver acknowledges this reality and has integrated a superb visual editor with a number of text editors. You can work with Dreamweaver's internal HTML Inspector or a dedicated external editor. Figure 1-1 shows Dreamweaver's visual editor and text editor working together. Any change made in the visual editor is instantly reflected in the text editor and vice versa. While Dreamweaver enables you to work with any text editor you like, it includes both HomeSite for Microsoft Windows developers and a trial version of BBEdit for Macintosh developers. Dreamweaver enables a natural, dynamic flow between the visual and text editors....

...Figure 1-1: Dreamweaver enables you to work with a visual WYSIWYG editor and an HTML text editor simultaneously....

Roundtrip HTML

Most Web authoring programs modify any code that passes through their system — inserting returns, removing indents, adding <meta> tags, uppercasing commands, and so forth. Dreamweaver's programmers understand and respect that Web developers all have their own particular coding styles. An underlying concept, Roundtrip HTML, ensures that you can move back and forth between the visual editor and any HTML text editor without your code being rewritten.

Web site maintenance tools

The Dreamweaver creators also understand that creating a site is only a part of the Webmaster's job. Maintaining the Web site can be an ongoing, time-consuming chore. Dreamweaver simplifies the job with a group of site management tools, including a library of repeating elements and a file-locking capability for easy team updates.

In Dreamweaver, Web site maintenance is easier than ever — and very visual. Take note of the Site Map feature that enables you to view your Web site structure at a glance and to access any file for modification. Links are updated automatically, or are under user control, if a file moves from one directory to another. And, you can not only access a library of repeating elements to be inserted in the page, but also define templates to control the entire look and feel of a Web site — and modify a single template to update all the pages sitewide.

The Dreamweaver Interface

When creating a Web page, Webmasters do two things over and over: They insert an element — whether text, image, or layer — and then they modify it. Dreamweaver excels at such Web page creation. The Dreamweaver workspace combines a series of windows, palettes, and inspectors to make the process as fluid as possible, thereby speeding up the Webmaster's work.

Easy text entry

Although much of the World Wide Web's glitz comes from multimedia elements such as images and sound, Web pages are primarily a text-based medium. Dreamweaver recognizes this and makes the text cursor the default tool. To add text, just click in Dreamweaver's main workspace — the Document window — and start typing. As shown in Figure 1-2, the Text Property Inspector enables you to change characteristics of the text such as the size, font, position, or color....

...Figure 1-2: Use the Text Property Inspector to change the format of the selected text.

One-stop object modification

You can select Web page elements other than text from the Objects palette. Adding a picture to a Web page is as easy as clicking the Insert Image button from the Objects palette. Dreamweaver asks you to select the file for the image, and your image appears in your current cursor position. Once your graphic is onscreen, selecting it brings up the appropriate Property Inspector to enable you to make modifications. The same technique holds true for any other inserted element — from horizontal rules to Shockwave movies.

Complete custom environment

Dreamweaver enables you to customize your workspace to suit you best. A handy Launcher opens and closes various windows, palettes, and inspectors, all of which are movable. Just drag them wherever you want them onscreen. Want to see your page by itself? You can hide all windows at the touch of a function button; press it again, and your controls are revealed.

Dreamweaver's customization capabilities extend even further. If you find that you are inserting something over and over, such as a QuickTime video or .wav sound file, you can add that element to your Objects palette. Dreamweaver even enables you to add a specific element — a Home button, for example — to the Objects palette. In fact, you can add entire categories of objects if you like. Moreover, Dreamweaver 3 exposes the entire menu structure for customization —you can not only change keyboard shortcuts, but also add custom menus....

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xxi
Part I Getting Started with Dreamweaver 1
Chapter 1 What Is Dreamweaver? 3
The Real World of Dreamweaver 3
The Dreamweaver Interface 5
Up-to-Date HTML Standards 9
Next-Generation Features 12
Program Extensibility 15
Automation Enhancements 17
Site Management Tools 18
Chapter 2 QuickStart for Beginners 25
Setting Up a Site 25
Home Page Layout 28
Including Client Text 33
Activating the Page 35
Previewing and Posting the Page 37
Chapter 3 A Hands-On Tour of Dreamweaver 41
Viewing the Document Window 41
Working with the Status Bar 42
Selecting from the Objects Palette 48
Getting the Most out of the Property Inspector 58
Using the Launcher 61
Customizing Your Workspace with Dockable Windows and Palettes 73
Accessing the Menus 74
Chapter 4 Setting Your Preferences 101
Customizing Your Environment 101
Adjusting Advanced Features 118
Making Online Connections 124
Customizing Your Code 128
Chapter 5 Using the Help System 149
Navigating the Help Screen 149
Stepping through the Tutorial 154
Getting Help Online 156
Chapter 6 Setting Up Your First Site 161
Planning Your Site 161
Defining a Local Site 166
Relative and Absolute Addresses 171
Creating and Saving New Pages 174
Previewing Your Web Pages 178
Putting Your Pages Online 179
Chapter 7 Publishing with the Site Window 183
Site Management with Dreamweaver 183
Setting Up a New Site 184
Using the Site Window 191
Checking a File In and Out 195
Checking Links 199
Launching External Editors 201
Working with the Site Map 201
Part II Using Basic HTML in Dreamweaver 213
Chapter 8 Understanding How HTML Works 215
The Structure of an HTML Page 215
Defining Elements 217
Adding to the 229
Working with the HTML Source Inspector 232
Rapid Tag Modification with the Quick Tag Editor 233
Inserting Symbols and Special Characters 240
Chapter 9 Adding Text to Your Web Page 245
Starting with Headings 245
Working with Paragraphs 247
Importing Word HTML 273
Styling Your Text 277
Using HTML Styles 281
Modifying Text Format 287
Incorporating Dates 297
Commenting Your Code 299
Chapter 10 Inserting Images 303
Web Graphic Formats 303
Using Inline Images 307
Putting Pictures in the Background 318
Dividing the Web Page with Horizontal Rules 320
Applying Simple Web Animation 322
Dreamweaver Technique: Including Banner Ads 324
Inserting Rollover Images 326
Adding a Navigation Bar 328
Chapter 11 Establishing Web Links 333
Understanding URLs 333
Surfing the Web with Hypertext 335
Adding an E-mail Link 339
Navigating with Anchors 340
Targeting Your Links 344
Chapter 12 Creating Lists 347
Creating Bulleted (Unordered) Lists 347
Mastering Numbered (Ordered) Lists 352
Making Definition Lists 355
Using Nested Lists 357
Accessing Special List Types 359
Dreamweaver Technique: Building Graphical Bullets 360
Part III Incorporating Advanced HTML 365
Chapter 13 Setting Up Tables 367
HTML Table Fundamentals 367
Inserting Tables in Dreamweaver 369
Setting Table Preferences 371
Modifying Tables 372
Working with Table Formats 394
Sorting Tables 396
Importing Tabular Data 398
Structuring Your Web Page with Tables 400
Nesting Tables 400
Chapter 14 Making Client-Side Image Maps 403
Client-Side Image Maps 403
Creating Image Hotspots 405
Converting Client-Side Maps to Server-Side Maps 409
Dreamweaver Technique: Building an Image Map Rollover 411
Chapter 15 Interactive Forms 421
How HTML Forms Work 421
Inserting a Form in Dreamweaver 423
Using Text Boxes 426
Providing Checkboxes and Radio Buttons 430
Creating Form Lists and Menus 432
Navigating with a Jump Menu 437
Activating Your Form with Buttons 441
Using the Hidden Field and the File Field 444
Chapter 16 Using Frames and Framesets 447
Frames and Framesets: The Basics 448
Creating a Frameset and Frames 449
Quick Framesets with the Frame Objects 453
Working with the Frameset Property Inspector 455
Modifying a Frame 458
Targeting Frame Content 466
Handling Frameless Browsers 469
Part IV Extending HTML Through Dreamweaver 473
Chapter 17 Accessing External Programs 475
Using CGI Programs 476
Incorporating Plug-ins 483
Working with ActiveX Components 489
Adding Java Applets 493
Adding JavaScript and VBScript 495
Chapter 18 Creating and Using Objects 499
Inserting Dreamweaver Objects 500
Modifying the Objects Palette 501
Adding Other Objects 503
Creating Custom Objects 505
Putting JavaScript to Work in Custom Objects 509
Chapter 19 Using Behaviors 525
Understanding Behaviors, Events, and Actions 525
Attaching a Behavior 526
Managing and Modifying Your Behaviors 568
Chapter 20 Creating a Behavior 571
Creating a Behavior from Scratch 571
Extending Dreamweaver Documentation 582
Useful Common Functions 603
Dreamweaver Behavior Techniques 605
Chapter 21 Customizing Dreamweaver 609
Adding New Commands 610
Managing Menus and Keyboard Shortcuts 625
Working with Custom Tags 633
Customizing Property Inspectors 636
Making Custom Floaters 642
Developing Translators 644
Extending C-Level Libraries 650
Part V Adding Multimedia Elements 655
Chapter 22 Fireworks Integration 657
Easy Graphics Modification 658
Inserting Rollovers 664
Controlling Fireworks with Dreamweaver 670
Chapter 23 Adding Video to Your Web Page 679
Video on the Web 679
The Streaming Media Big Three 680
Working with Video Clips 685
Playing Videos within Dreamweaver 688
Inserting QuickTime Movies 689
Streaming with RealMedia 698
Chapter 24 Using Audio on Your Web Page 707
Digital Audio Fundamentals 707
Music Files 711
MP3 Mini-Primer 712
Linking to Audio Files 714
Embedding Sounds and Music 715
Targeting Specific Plug-ins 718
Installing Streaming Audio 721
Sonifying with the Beatnik ActionSet Pro 724
Chapter 25 Shockwave and Flash Movies 741
Shockwave and Flash: What's the Difference? 742
Including Shockwave Movies in Dreamweaver Projects 744
Specifying Shockwave Properties 747
Designating Flash Attributes 750
Configuring MIME Types 753
Managing Links in Flash Movies with Dreamweaver 753
Providing User Interaction with Shockwave Movies 755
Dreamweaver Technique: Triggering Behaviors from Flash Movies 759
Part VI Dynamic HTML and Dreamweaver 765
Chapter 26 What Is Dynamic HTML? 767
Fundamentals of Dynamic HTML 769
Accessing DHTML in Netscape Communicator 772
Working with DHTML and Internet Explorer 777
Chapter 27 Building Style Sheet Web Pages 783
Understanding Cascading Style Sheets 784
Creating and Applying a Style Sheet in Dreamweaver 788
Styles and Their Attributes 794
Linking to an External Style Sheet 805
Chapter 28 Working with Layers 809
Layers 101 810
Creating Layers with Dreamweaver 811
Modifying a Layer 819
Creating Your Page Design with Layers 835
Activating Layers with Behaviors 841
Dreamweaver Technique: Creating a Loading Layer 846
Chapter 29 Working with Timelines 849
Into the Fourth Dimension with Timelines 850
Creating Animations with Timelines 852
Adding Layers to the Timelines Inspector 852
Modifying a Timeline 854
Triggering Behaviors in Timelines 863
Dreamweaver Technique: Creating a Multiscreen Slideshow 866
Part VII Creating Next-Generation Code with Dreamweaver 875
Chapter 30 Extending with XML 877
Understanding XML 877
Exporting XML 880
Importing XML 882
Chapter 31 Adding Multimedia Extensions 885
Understanding SMIL 886
IBM HotMedia 891
Zooming into Graphics 894
Chapter 32 Building Active Web Sites 897
Understanding Active Content 898
E-Commerce Solutions 903
Understanding E-commerce 903
Ensuring Dreamweaver Compatibility 907
Part VIII Enhancing Web Site Management and Workflow in Dreamweaver 911
Chapter 33 Using Dreamweaver Templates 913
Understanding Templates 913
Creating Your Own Templates 914
Using Editable Regions 916
Adding Content to Template Documents 920
Working with the Templates Palette 923
Updating Templates 926
Changing the Default Document 927
Chapter 34 Using the Repeating Elements Library 929
Dreamweaver Libraries 929
Using the Library Palette 930
Editing a Library Item 937
Updating Your Web Sites with Libraries 938
Applying Server-Side Includes 940
Chapter 35 Maximizing Browser Targeting 947
Converting Pages in Dreamweaver 948
Ensuring Browser Compatibility 951
Testing Your Page with a Targeted Browser 958
Customizing a Browser Profile 962
Appendix A What's on the CD-ROM? 969
Appendix B CourseBuilder for Dreamweaver 975
Appendix C BBEdit 5.0 Primer (For Macintosh Users) 989
Appendix D HomeSite 4.5 Primer (For Windows Users) 1017
Index 1045
End-User License Agreement 1082
CD-ROM Installation Instructions 1087
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    Must Have Book!

    I use Dreamweaver every day of my life and keep my copy of the Bible on my desk at all times. Now that I've upgraded to Dreamweaver 4, the FIRST thing I did was check to see if version 4 of the Bible has been released. I'll muddle my way through until it is released but it is the only book on Dreamweaver you'll need. The manuals are fine (unusually so) but if you really want to KNOW this program, you have to get the Bible. Lowery is knowledgeable (I think he probably knows everything there is to know about the products he writes about) and I trust him implicitly.

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    Posted December 30, 1999

    Dreamweaver 3 Bible Review

    Dreamweaver 3 Bible is the best detailed guide to the awesome program by Macromedia. Joseph Lowery makes the best out of all of his books. Webmasters make sure you get this.

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