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Overview

Weave the Web of your dreams with cool cutting-edge tools and sophisticated cross-browser support that are all a part of the newest Web design tool on the market today: Macromedia's Dreamweaver. From the ease of Dreamweaver's drag-and-drop, what-you-see interface to advanced advice on multimedia and online interactivity, you can find all the tips and tricks you'll ever need packed inside the pages of Dreamweaver For Dummies.

If you're an experienced Web designer, Dreamweaver For Dummies author Janine Warner promises that you'll love the power and sophistication of Dreamweaver's HTML editor. And if you're new to Web design, you'll be impressed with its friendly interface and ease of use, whether you're creating basic Web pages or are using more complex Cascading Style Sheets and Dynamic HTML to make your Web site sing and dance (without crashing your visitors' browsers).

Not sure about making the change to Dreamweaver? A 30-day trial version of the software is included on the bonus CD-ROM (so you can try it before you buy it), along with the latest versions of Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer, graphics programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, HTML converters and editors, and the Shockwave plug-in to let you view Director and Flash files online.

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Dreamweaver is a do-everything web design and management tool that runs on both Macs and Windows. The difficult part for some people to understand is that Dreamweaver does everything from simple HTML to style sheets, layers, and communicating with Java. Once users discover that Dreamweaver makes a lot of this confusing technology easier, they become converts. Both of these titles are good introductions to Dreamweaver, but the concise explanation and visual layout of Peachpit's is easier to understand. On the other hand, IDG's includes a 30-day free use copy of the program. If you can afford it, get both.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764504075
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Fulfilling Your Dreams
Part II: Looking Like a Million (Even on a Budget)
Part III: Advancing Your Site
Part IV: Writing It Out: The Dreamweaver Text Editors
Part V: Making It Cool
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Other stuff
Icons Used in This Book

Part I: Fulfilling Your Dreams

Chapter 1: Introducing Your New Best Friend
Setting Up a Site
Introducing the Many Components of Dreamweaver
The Workspace
The Document window
The floating palettes
The Object palette
The Property inspector
The Launcher (Your way to the best goodies)
The menu bar
The File menu
The Edit menu
The View menu
The Insert menu
The Modify menu
The Text menu
The Window menu
The Help menu
Chapter 2: Creating Your First Web Site with Dreamweaver
Creating a New Site
Creating New Pages
Designing your first page
Creating a headline
Indenting text
Adding images
Setting Links
Linking pages within your Web site
Setting links to named anchors within a page
Linking to pages outside your Web site
Linking to e-mail addresses
Putting Your Web Site Online
Chapter 3: Working with Files Created in Other Visual Editors
Corralling Your HTML Files
The Diverging "Standard"
Importing Web Sites
Importing a site from your hard drive
Downloading a site from a Web server
Working on Sites Created in Other Editors
Microsoft FrontPage 98
Adobe PageMill 2.0
Claris HomePage 3.0
Symantec Visual Page 1.1
NetObjects Fusion 2.0.1
GoLive CyberStudio 2.0
Other HTML editors

Part II: Looking Like a Million (Even on a Budget)

Chapter 4: Planning for Your Site
Preparing for Development
Storyboarding your site
Starting small and building sensibly
Tracking visitors to guide your site development
Getting direct feedback from visitors
Moving from Planning to Development
Managing your site's structure
What the user sees
What you see
Naming your site
Organizing images
Creating a style guide
Creating a test Web site
Using a test site to check server-side functions
Using a test site to encourage collaboration
Creating structure out of chaos
Finding and Fixing Broken Links
Checking for broken links
Fixing broken links
Chapter 5: Designing for the Web
Examining a Couple of Nifty Web Sites
Reefbound -- MSN Australia
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
Applying the Rules of Web Design
Create a consistent design theme
Develop an intuitive navigation system
Make sure that your site loads quickly
Keep your site simple and easy to read
Use lots of white space
Strive for original designs
Test out your site
Setting the Tone for Your Site
Making the Most of the Design Features in Dreamweaver
Designing with Cascading Style Sheets
Bringing your pages to life with DHTML
Chapter 6: Adding Graphics
Getting Great Graphics
Buying clip art
Creating your own images
Understanding the Basics of Web Graphics
Inserting Images on Your Pages
Aligning Images on a Page
Centering an image
Aligning an image to the right with text wrapping around it on the left
Creating complex designs with images
Using the transparent GIF trick
Creating a Background
Creating Image Maps

Part III: Advancing Your Site

Chapter 7: Coming to the HTML Table
Understanding Table Options
Creating Simple Tables
Aligning columns in a table
Creating table header cells
Using Tables for Spacing and Alignment
Using tables to evenly space graphic bullets
Using tables to design forms
Aligning a navigation bar
Merging table cells
Placing images and text side-by-side
Aligning cells
Creating columns with tables
Using nested tables: Tables within tables
Comparing Tables and Cascading Style Sheets
Chapter 8: Framing Your Pages
Understanding How Frames Work
Creating a frame in Dreamweaver
Saving files in a frameset
Setting Targets and Links in Frames
Naming frames
Creating new pages in a frame
Setting links to a target frame
Comparing target options
Changing Frame Properties
Changing frame borders
Changing frame sizes
Changing scrolling and resizing options
Setting margin height and width
Creating Alternative Designs for Older Browsers
Chapter 9: Cascading Style Sheets
Appreciating Style Sheets
Understanding style sheet differences in Web browsers
Using font tags without style sheets
Understanding the <FONT> tag
Applying the <FONT> tag in Dreamweaver
Creating Style Sheets in Dreamweaver
Understanding style types
Using the Edit Style Sheet dialog box
Understanding New Style options
Defining styles
The Type panel
The Background panel
The Block panel
The Box panel
The Border and List panels
The Positioning panel
The Extensions panel
Creating a custom style: Step-by-step
Redefining HTML tags
Conflicting styles
Editing an Existing Style
Applying Styles
Creating and Editing External Style Sheets
Changing Style Sheet Preferences

Part IV: Writing It Out: The Dreamweaver Text Editors

Chapter 10: Getting into HTML
Appreciating Roundtrip HTML
Accessing HTML code
Understanding basic HTML
Writing HTML for different browsers
Creating a Simple HTML Page
The simplest HTML document
The <P> and <BR> tags
The <HR> tag
The <BODY> tag
Setting hyperlinks
Naming the Main Page
Cross-platform issues and testing
Getting help with HTML Rename!
Chapter 11: Introducing BBEdit
BBEdit Basics
Creating a new Web page
Setting background and text colors
Creating frames
Adding and formatting text
Creating hyperlinks
Inserting graphics
Making a table
Creating a table with the Table tool
Converting tab- or comma-\delimited text into a table
Previewing a page in a Web browser
Beyond the Basics
Search and replace
Using basic search-and-replace features
Searching across many files
Using Batch Find
Searching for special characters
Storing patterns
Making sense of grep searches
File management
Status bar
Setting BBEdit preferences
Understanding text cleanup functions
Appreciating HTML quality control
Finding more cool HTML tools
The Windows List
Adding custom HTML to the Tools palette
Using the glossary
Creating a glossary entry
Assigning hot keys to glossary entries
Inserting a glossary entry into a BBEdit file
Creating custom HTML tags with the glossary
Saving Time with BBEdit Tips
Chapter 12: Introducing HomeSite
Appreciating an HTML Text Editor
Finding the Toolbars and Menus
Menus
The File menu
The Edit menu
The Search menu
The Tools menu
The Tags menu
The View menu
The Options menu
The Help menu
Toolbars
The Main toolbar
The Tag toolbar
The Editor toolbar
Working with HomeSite
The directory window
The main window
Pages and projects
Creating a New Page
Using the Quick features
Adding images
Creating links
Specifying fonts
Browsing your work
Creating tables
Creating frames
Advanced Features to Explore
Creating custom toolbars
Validating your code
Ten Great HomeSite Features and Tips

Part V: Making It Cool

Chapter 13: Adding Interactivity with Dynamic HTML
Understanding DHTML
Working with Layers
Creating layers
Adding elements, and moving and resizing layers
Stacking layers and changing visibility
Setting layer options
Working with Behaviors
Attaching behaviors
Attaching multiple behaviors
Changing a behavior
Using the Timeline
Understanding the Timeline inspector options
Creating timelines
Ensuring That Your Pages Work in Older Browsers
Converting a file to 3.0 browser-compatible
Chapter 14: Showing Off with Multimedia
Creating Multimedia for Different Browsers and Platforms
Working with Macromedia Shockwave
What is Shockwave for Director?
What is Shockwave for Flash?
Inserting Shockwave for Director and Shockwave for Flash files
Setting parameters and other options for Shockwave
Working with Java
Inserting Java applets
Setting Java parameters and other options
Using ActiveX Objects and Controls
Working with Other Plug-In Technologies
Inserting Netscape plug-ins
Setting Netscape plug-in parameters and other options
Chapter 15: Forms Follow Function
Appreciating What HTML Forms Can Do for You
Signing in: Guest books
Inquiring with surveys and feedback forms
Shopping-cart systems
Setting up secure commerce systems
Conversing in discussion areas and chat rooms
Finding information with search engines
Generating database-driven Web pages
Creating HTML Forms
Comparing radio buttons and check boxes
Creating radio buttons
Creating check boxes
Adding text fields
Creating a pull-down list
Finishing off your form with Submit and Clear buttons

Part VI: The Part of Tens

Chapter 16: Ten Great Sites Designed with Dreamweaver
Discovery Online
The X-Files
The San Francisco Ballet
The Wild World of Wonka
signal2noise
Deep Rising
The Replacement Killers
Fabric8
Macromedia
Elixir
Chapter 17: Ten Web Site Ideas You Can Use
Make It Easy
White Space Is Not Wasted Space
Design for Your Audience
Pull It Together
Be Consistent
Late-Breaking News
Small and Fast
Accessible Designs
Follow the Three Clicks Rule
Map It Out
Chapter 18: Ten Timesaving Dreamweaver Tips
Finding Functional Fonts
Differentiating DHTML for All Browsers
Directing Your Viewers
Solving Problems in Applying Styles
Finding Style Sheet Shortcuts
Appreciating DHTML Differences
Using the Best Layers
Adding Behaviors
Creating Prototypes and Templates
Controlling Palettes
Addressing All Mac Users: Bonus Tips

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Web Design Resources You Can Find Online

Adobe Systems, Inc.
Art and the Zen of Web Sites
BrowserWatch
CGI Overview
CNET
Communication Arts Interactive
David Siegel's Site
DHTML Zone
The Directory
The GrafX Design Site
The HTML Writers Guild
IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.
International Data Group (IDG)
Lynda's Homegurrl Page
Macromedia's Designers and Developers Center
Microsoft
Netscape
Project Cool
Weblint
WebMonkey
Web Reference
The World Wide Web Artists Consortium
World Wide Web Consortium
ZDNET
Appendix C: About the CD
System Requirements
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
Using the CD with Mac OS
What You'll Find
Graphics programs
HTML converters and editors
Web browsers and plug-ins
If You've Got Problems (Of the CD Kind)

Index

Book Registration Information

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