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Dreamweaver 3 Bible with CD Rom

Dreamweaver 3 Bible with CD Rom

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by Joseph Lowery, Paul Madar (Foreword by)

If Dreamweaver 3 can do it, you can do it too... You're holding in your hands the definitive guide to Dreamweaver—the only book you need to master today's leading Web development tool. Author Joseph Lowery has orked with th Dreamweaver team at Macromedia since the program's first release, and he is intimately familar with every Dreamweaver feature, nuance, and


If Dreamweaver 3 can do it, you can do it too... You're holding in your hands the definitive guide to Dreamweaver—the only book you need to master today's leading Web development tool. Author Joseph Lowery has orked with th Dreamweaver team at Macromedia since the program's first release, and he is intimately familar with every Dreamweaver feature, nuance, and shortcut. From Dreamweaver basics to Dynamic HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, XML, and other next-generation technologies, he shows you step-by-step how to get the most out of the program—and create sites that are truly state-of-the-art.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Dreamweaver 3

  • Get up and running fast with a Dreamweaver quick start.
  • Tweak HTML tags using the new Quick Tag Editor.
  • Set up frames and framesets using easy drag-and-drop tools.
  • Extend HTML with plug-ins, ActiveX objects, and Java applets.
  • Harness ready-made objects and behaviors — or code your own.
  • Build a consistent look-and-feel without CSS, using the new HTML styles.
  • Fine-tune images by capitalizing on the seamless Fireworks integration.
  • Add pizzazz with video, audio, Flash, and Shockwave elements.
  • Use the new History Palette to automate and accelerate development.
  • Manage and maintain your site using libraries, templates, and other tools.

A bonus CD-ROM contains more than 300 extensions created specially for this book; trial versions of related software packages; and example code, style sheets, and Web pages.

No matter where you are in your career as a Web developer, you'll find techniques not published anywhere else. You'll see why the entire Bible series has such an outstanding reputation when the Dreamweaver 3 Bible goes the distance for you.

Product Details

Publication date:
Bible Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.18(h) x 2.08(d)

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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....

Meet the Author

Joseph W. Lowery has been writing about computers and new technology since 1981. 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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Dreamweaver 3 Bible with CD Rom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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