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Welcome to Dreamweaver CS3. This new version of the popular web design software offers a rich environment for building professional sites, with drag-and-drop simplicity, clean HTML code, and dynamic database-driven web site creation tools. Moreover, it's now integrated more tightly with Adobe's other products: Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and their siblings. But with such sophisticated features, the software isn't simple.

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Overview

Welcome to Dreamweaver CS3. This new version of the popular web design software offers a rich environment for building professional sites, with drag-and-drop simplicity, clean HTML code, and dynamic database-driven web site creation tools. Moreover, it's now integrated more tightly with Adobe's other products: Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and their siblings. But with such sophisticated features, the software isn't simple.

So say hello to Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual, the fifth edition of this bestselling book by experienced web site trainer and author David McFarland. This book helps both first-time and experienced web designers bring stunning, interactive web sites to life. With jargon-free language and clear descriptions, this new edition addresses both beginners who need step-by-step guidance as well as long-time Dreamweaver users who need a handy reference to address the inner-workings of the program.

Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual teaches designers how to construct and manage web sites by examining web-page components and Dreamweaver's capabilities through "live examples". With a complete A-Z guide to designing, organizing, building and deploying a web site for those with no web design experience, this book:

  • Takes you through the basics to advanced techniques to control the appearance of your web pages with CSS
  • Shows you how to design dynamic database-driven web sites, from blogs to product catalogs, and from shopping carts to newsletter signup forms
  • Teaches you how to master your web site, and manage thousands of pages effortlessly
Witty and objective, Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual is a must for anyone who uses this highly popular program, from beginners to professionals. Altogether, it's the ultimate atlas for Dreamweaver CS3.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596510435
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David McFarland has been designing web sites since 1995. He's a professional web designer and educator who has worked with the University of California at Berkeley, Intuit, and Macworld magazine among others. He is a frequent speaker at web-related conferences and teaches web design and development at Portland State University. He is a Macromedia Certified instructor and a member of the Dreamweaver Advisory Council.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
Acknowledgements;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
What Dreamweaver Is All About;
What's New in Dreamweaver CS3;
HTML, XHTML, and CSS 101;
The Very Basics;
About This Book;
Safari Enabled;
Part I: Building a Web Page;
Chapter 1: Dreamweaver CS3 Guided Tour;
1.1 The Dreamweaver CS3 Interface;
1.2 Setting Up a Site;
1.3 Creating a Web Page;
1.4 The Dreamweaver Test Drive;
Chapter 2: Adding Text to Your Web Pages;
2.1 Adding Text in Dreamweaver;
2.2 Copying and Pasting Text;
2.3 Selecting Text;
2.4 Spell Checking;
2.5 Undo, Redo, and the History Panel;
Chapter 3: Text Formatting;
3.1 Paragraph Formatting;
3.2 Creating and Formatting Lists;
3.3 Character Formatting;
Chapter 4: Introducing Cascading Style Sheets;
4.1 Cascading Style Sheet Basics;
4.2 Creating Styles;
4.3 Using Styles;
4.4 Manipulating Styles;
4.5 Checking Browser Compatibility;
4.6 Text Formatting with CSS;
4.7 Cascading Style Sheets Tutorial;
Chapter 5: Links;
5.1 Understanding Links;
5.2 Adding a Link;
5.3 Adding an Email Link;
5.4 Linking Within a Web Page;
5.5 Modifying a Link;
5.6 Styling Links;
5.7 Creating a Navigation Menu;
5.8 Link Tutorial;
Chapter 6: Images;
6.1 Adding Images;
6.2 Inserting an Image from Photoshop;
6.3 Modifying an Image;
6.4 Controlling Images with CSS;
6.5 Editing Graphics;
6.6 Image Maps;
6.7 Rollover Images;
6.8 Flash Buttons;
6.9 Flash Text;
6.10 Tutorial: Inserting and Formatting Graphics;
Chapter 7: Tables;
7.1 Table Basics;
7.2 Inserting a Table;
7.3 Selecting Parts of a Table;
7.4 Expanded Table Mode;
7.5 Formatting Tables;
7.6 Modifying Cell and Row Properties;
7.7 Adding and Removing Cells;
7.8 Merging and Splitting Cells;
7.9 Tabular Data;
7.10 Tables Tutorial;
Part II: Building a Better Web Page;
Chapter 8: advanced css;
8.1 Advanced Styles;
8.2 Fast Style Editing;
8.3 Moving and Managing Styles;
8.4 More about CSS;
8.5 Styling for Print;
Chapter 9: Page Layout;
9.1 Types of Web Page Layouts;
9.2 Float Layout Basics;
9.3 Understanding the Box Model;
9.4 Dreamweaver's CSS Layouts;
9.5 Modifying Dreamweaver's CSS Layouts;
9.6 Absolute Positioning;
9.7 Adding an AP Div to Your Page;
9.8 Drawing AP Divs;
9.9 The AP Elements Panel;
9.10 Modifying AP Element Properties;
9.11 Nesting AP Divs;
9.12 CSS Layout Tutorial;
Chapter 10: Under the Hood: HTML;
10.1 Roundtrip HTML;
10.2 Code View;
10.3 Quick Tag Editor;
10.4 Tag Inspector;
10.5 Comparing Versions of a Web Page;
10.6 Reference Panel;
10.7 Inserting JavaScript;
Part III: Bringing Your Pages to Life;
Chapter 11: Forms;
11.1 Form Basics;
11.2 Creating a Form;
11.3 Adding Form Elements;
11.4 Validating Forms;
11.5 Forms Tutorial;
Chapter 12: Spry;
12.1 What is Spry?;
12.2 Tabbed Panels;
12.3 Accordions;
12.4 Collapsible Panels;
12.5 Spry Data Sets;
Chapter 13: Dreamweaver Behaviors;
13.1 Understanding Behaviors;
13.2 Applying Behaviors;
13.3 Events;
13.4 The Actions, One by One;
13.5 Advanced Behaviors;
13.6 Adding More Behaviors;
Chapter 14: Flash and Other Multimedia;
14.1 Flash: An Introduction;
14.2 Adding Flash Videos;
14.3 The Land of Obsolete Web Technology;
Part IV: Building a Web Site;
Chapter 15: Introducing Site Management;
15.1 Structuring a Web Site;
15.2 Site Assets;
Chapter 16: Testing Your Site;
16.1 Site Launch Checklist;
16.2 Find and Fix Broken Links;
16.3 Validating Web Pages;
16.4 Cleaning Up HTML (and XHTML);
16.5 Site Reporting;
16.6 Accessibility;
16.7 Download Statistics;
Chapter 17: Moving Your Site to the Internet;
17.1 Defining a Remote Site;
17.2 Transferring Files;
17.3 Check In and Check Out;
17.4 Synchronizing Site Files;
17.5 Communicating with Design Notes;
Part V: Dreamweaver CS3 Power;
Chapter 18: Snippets and Libraries;
18.1 Snippets Basics;
18.2 Using Snippets;
18.3 Creating Snippets;
18.4 Built-in Snippets;
18.5 Library Basics;
18.6 Creating and Using Library Items;
18.7 Editing Library Items;
18.8 Snippets and Library Tutorial;
Chapter 19: Templates;
19.1 Template Basics;
19.2 Creating a Template;
19.3 Defining Editable Regions;
19.4 Adding Optional Regions;
19.5 Nested Templates;
19.6 Building Pages Based on a Template;
19.7 Updating a Template;
19.8 Template Tutorial;
Chapter 20: Automating Dreamweaver;
20.1 The History Panel Revisited;
20.2 Find and Replace;
Chapter 21: Customizing Dreamweaver;
21.1 Keyboard Shortcuts;
21.2 Dreamweaver Extensions;
Part VI: Dynamic Dreamweaver;
Chapter 22: Getting Started with Dynamic Web Sites;
22.1 Pieces of the Puzzle;
22.2 Dynamic Web Sites: The Setup;
22.3 Creating a Dynamic Page;
22.4 Databases: A Quick Introduction;
22.5 Loading a Database;
22.6 Connecting to a Database;
Chapter 23: Adding Dynamic Data to Your Pages;
23.1 Retrieving Information;
23.2 Adding Dynamic Information;
23.3 Displaying Multiple Records;
23.4 Recordset Navigation;
23.5 Viewing Live Data;
23.6 Master Detail Page Set;
23.7 Passing Information Between Pages;
23.8 Tutorial: Displaying Database Info;
Chapter 24: Web Pages that Manipulate Database Records;
24.1 Adding Data;
24.2 Updating Database Records;
24.3 Dynamic Form Fields;
24.4 Deleting Records;
24.5 Tutorial: Inserting and Updating Data;
Chapter 25: Advanced Dynamic Site Features;
25.1 Password-Protecting Web Pages;
25.2 Additional Data Sources;
25.3 Advanced Server Behaviors;
25.4 Tutorial: Authentication;
Chapter 26: Server-Side XML and XSLT;
26.1 Understanding the Technologies;
26.2 Creating Dynamic Pages with XSLT and XML;
26.3 Inserting and Formatting XML;
26.4 Advanced XSLT Tricks;
Part VII: Appendixes;
Appendix A: Getting Help;
A.1 Getting Help from Dreamweaver;
A.2 Getting Help from Adobe;
A.3 Help from the Real World;
A.4 Help Creating Your Own Extensions;
Appendix B: Dreamweaver CS3, Menu by Menu;
B.1 File Menu;
B.2 Edit Menu;
B.3 View Menu;
B.4 Insert Menu;
B.5 Modify Menu;
B.6 Text Menu;
B.7 Commands Menu;
B.8 Site Menu;
B.9 Window Menu;
B.10 Help Menu;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Super!

    The way this book describe on subjects are easy and witty as well as in very detail. Even with almost 1000 pages this book will never bore you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

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    This is the third book I have purchased on Dreamweaver and I love it. Finally a reference book that has everything you need. My only complaint is that you have to jump back and forth between sections a bit when you use it, but otherwise, it is a great reference book.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    This Manual Helped Me Understand Dreamweaver CS3

    DREAMWEAVER CS3 - The Missing Manual
    Author: David Sawyer McFarland
    Published: 2007
    O'Reilly Media, Inc.
    ISBN: 978-0-596--51043-5
    Pages: 995
    US $44.99 CAN $58.99

    Anyone who has ever tackled the web creation software program Dreamweaver CS3 knows all-too- well of its massive complexity. From absolute divs to CSS, FLASH and other multimedia, HTML and XHTML, Java Script coding, to the all-new SPRY widgets by Adobe, you are taken on a real adventure of what Dreamweaver CS3 has to offer in this, the "missing manual".

    McFarland states that this book "should have been in the box" and this is so true. This book is an excellent, easy-to-follow guide that takes you from simple to way beyond in website design creation and tricks and tips. You get to test-drive the software with the help of this book. The author demonstrates this concept right at the beginning on page thirty-eight wherein he points out that "Many of this book's chapters, therefore, conclude with hands-on training: step-by-step tutorials that take you through the creation of a real, working, professionally designed Web site" for a "?ctional" magazine. This way you get a hands-on approach to web design.


    Even if you are novice to web design, you can easily follow along with McFarland's simple instructions after each chapter.

    This book is a work book. You design websites by tutorials. However, if you happen to be already accustomed to Adobe's Dreamweaver software, this book will act as an amazing reference guide to ensure that you use this software to its best capabilities.

    You are always kept abreast with the many screen shots throughout, and "Tip" boxes to keep you going in the right direction. There is nothing worse than getting off track with a website from the onset. This book de?nitely helps you steer a course for success in web design and creation.'

    At the back of the book you will ?nd an invaluable section called: Menu by Menu. Here is where each part of the menus is described and the functionality of each is given in plain language for everyone to understand. The ?le, edit, view, insert, modify, commands, menus and so many more are hear for very easy reference.

    At the very end of the book is an in-depth, 24 page, Index ensuring you will not get lost. McFarland makes searching so simple, as did he make the entire book, simple yet very complex.

    It is an excellent companion to such an extensive and amazing web design program.

    Gregory West is a Computer Tech columnist and a Computer Consultant for Seniors. He also runs free weekly seminars in the Fall and Winter on basic Computer and Internet instruction. He can be reached at: gregorywest (at) bell.net and http://tips4computers.wordpress.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Great for a begginer.

    This book helped answer the questions that I had. I found it to be a useful guide to go back to.

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    Yay I'm Learning Dreamweaver!

    I am about 200 pages into the book and I find it is very thorough, easy to understand and fun to read (try that with other computer books!) While there are some errata in the book for which you have to refer to the Missing Manual website, I feel as if I've gotten my money's worth. Learning takes time and practice, but this book makes the experience enjoyable.<BR/><BR/>Granted, just picking up this book without some background knowledge of XHTML and CSS won't be of much use to you. Definitely familiarize yourself with those technologies first if you don't know them so that you have a better feel for what this program does (See my recommendation).<BR/><BR/>I was once told by a die hard HTML junkie that writing hand code was the only way to build a website--this is after Dreamweaver CS3 came out. While that may work for him, I find writing code VERY slow, tedious and time consuming--especially when you make a typo!. It is much easier to use Dreamweaver and let it do the monotonous drudgery for you. This way you can better focus on creating a great design.<BR/><BR/>I'm happy to say that I am learning Dreamweaver and I'm enjoying myself as I go.

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