Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction

Overview

You're a beginner who wants to design a state-of-the-art family web site. You've just started a new job, and you need to learn Dreamweaver fast. Or maybe you're a professional who's been using another program but is now switching to Macromedia's leading web design tool. Learning Dreamweaver 8 gets you up to speed, quickly and efficiently.

Straightforwardly practical, with speed as the by-word, this hands-on guide focuses on the best practices for constructing both interactive ...

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Overview

You're a beginner who wants to design a state-of-the-art family web site. You've just started a new job, and you need to learn Dreamweaver fast. Or maybe you're a professional who's been using another program but is now switching to Macromedia's leading web design tool. Learning Dreamweaver 8 gets you up to speed, quickly and efficiently.

Straightforwardly practical, with speed as the by-word, this hands-on guide focuses on the best practices for constructing both interactive and static web sites. While explaining core concepts clearly and thoroughly, so that beginners have a solid conceptural and technical foundation, it cuts through the clutter that might slow down a beginner tackling a subject as vast as web design and a tool as robust as Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction emphasizes learning by doing, with short, task-oriented chapters that demonstrate theory by presenting design solutions and explaining the principles that make them work. Plenty of screen shots, illustrations, and sample layouts accompany rapid prototyping techniques for site production.

Marc Campbell has been building web sites since 1997-for everything from comic book fan communities to state government portals and e-commerce applications. A Macromedia Certified Dreamweaver Developer and beta tester, he has taught web design to students at all levels and has written eight books on the subject.

Sidebars in Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction allow readers to decide how deeply they want to delve into the subject. "Best Bets" offer bottom-line recommendations for those who want to skip the general discussion, while "Behind the Scenes" sidebars provide more in-depth looks at particular topics for those who want more detail. Absolute beginner or faux debutante, you'll learn proven procedures for quickly building Dreamweaver sites.

Straightforwardly practical, with speed as the byword, this hands-on guide focuses on the best practices for constructing both interactive and static Web sites using Dreamweaver 8.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101633
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: O'Reilly Digital Studio Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Campbell has been doodling on computers and publishing computer art on the Web for nearly 10 years. In 1997, after working at a print graphics house, Marc was selected to lead a freelance design team at DC Comics, where he helped create and maintain official DC Comic web sites, including the official MAD Magazine web site. He has taught web design and computer graphics at the Millennium Institute of Computers and has worked with SE Technologies as creative director of web design, animation, and graphic enhancement.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Planning your site
1 Stocking your technological toolbox 3
2 Staking your claim 17
3 Organizing the content 31
4 Sketching the interface 43
5 Preparing images for the Web 63
6 Thinking about text 77
7 Setting up your site 93
Pt. II Designing your site
8 Opening a new page 107
9 Designing with tables 115
10 Designing with layers 127
11 Creating templates 137
12 Building a stylesheet 147
Pt. III Building your site
13 Adding a navigation bar 161
14 Adding text 175
15 Adding images 185
16 Adding Flash content 193
17 Connecting links 203
18 Building forms 219
Pt. IV Publishing your site
19 Tuning, testing, and troubleshooting 239
20 Going live 251
App. A HTML tags 265
App. B CSS style definitions 269
App. C JavaScript event handlers 273
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    DREAMWEAVER FIELDS FOREVER!!

    Are you new to Dreamweaver 8? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Marc Campbell, has done an outstanding job of writing a book for people who are new to creating their own web sites from the ground up and all that it entails. Campbell, begins by showing you how to devise your plan. Then, the author shows you how to develop a blueprint for your site. Next, he shows you how to add just about anything to the pages of your site. Finally, the author shows you how to take the working prototype that exists on your computer and publish it to the Web for all of the world to see. This most excellent serves an introduction to creating web sites using Macromedia Dreamweaver 8. More importantly, the focus throughout this book is that sound design and usability are inextricably linked.

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