Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Killer Tips

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With its powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support, Dreamweaver MX 2004 is sure to become your tool of choice for creating and managing Web sites. This book offers the key to all of its magic. Sure, you could wade your way through a thousand-page tome to learn the ins and outs of every Dreamweaver feature, but as a Web developer or designer focused on deadlines, details, and putting across an effective message, what you really need is somebody else to ...

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Overview

With its powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support, Dreamweaver MX 2004 is sure to become your tool of choice for creating and managing Web sites. This book offers the key to all of its magic. Sure, you could wade your way through a thousand-page tome to learn the ins and outs of every Dreamweaver feature, but as a Web developer or designer focused on deadlines, details, and putting across an effective message, what you really need is somebody else to do that work for you: to dig up the time-saving tips and shortcuts that will get you to your destination fast. Lucky for you, authors Joseph Lowery and Angela C. Buraglia have done just that, drawing on their own vast Dreamweaver experience to deliver a book that's nothing but those cool sidebar tips. In the process, they cover all of Dreamweaver MX 2004's new features: built-in image-editing technology that lets you edit your images without leaving Dreamweaver, painless cross-browser development, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735713796
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Series: Killer Tips Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Lowery is the author of Joseph Lowery's Beyond Dreamweaver and the co-author of a forthcoming book titled Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Web Application Recipes (New Riders) as well as the Dreamweaver MX Bible and the Fireworks MX Bible (both John Wiley & Sons). His books are international bestsellers, having sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide in 9 different languages. As a programmer, Joseph contributed two extensions to the latest release of Fireworks MX. He also is a consultant and trainer and has presented at Seybold in both Boston and San Francisco, Macromedia UCON in the United States and Europe, ThunderLizard's Web World, and other locations around the globe¿ranging from New Zealand to Las Vegas. In partnership with Edoardo Zubler, Joseph developed FlashBang!¿Flash navigation for Dreamweaver users.

Angela C. Buraglia used to be a makeup artist for independent film, but she needed a career that would allow her to work from home and raise her son. Although she intended only to be a web developer, life's path has led her to become that and more. She is perhaps best known as the founder of DreamweaverFAQ.com, a site dedicated to serving the Dreamweaver community and which she continues to run today with Daniel Short. In addition to this book, she is a co-author of Dreamweaver MX 2004 Magic and contributing author to the previous edition (New Riders), the lead technical editor for the Dreamweaver MX Bible (John Wiley & Sons) and contributing author to ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit (Macromedia Press).

Angela's future plans are to continue developing DreamweaverFAQ.com, to build and sell Dreamweaver extensions, to give presentations at conferences, and to continue with her involvement in Cartweaver. Long gone are the days of applying makeup; now Angela applies behaviors and CSS to websites and¿most importantly¿is home with her little boy.

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Table of Contents

1. Well-Oiled Machine: Working the Dreamweaver Workspace.

Deciding on Workspace. Quick Hyperlinks. More Fonts Please. Come Back, Site Menu, Come Back! Local Files, Wherefore Art Thou? Hide-n-Seek Panels. Close 'Em Down, Joe. Open 'Em Back Up, Moe. Context Menus. Standard Toolbar. Toolbar Sandwich, Yummm! Time To Play Favorites. Taking Measures. Plotting the Grid. One and Only. My Asset Is Your Asset. Zoom Zoom Zoom. Don't Wait For Me, FTP! Splitting the Files Panel. Locating Files. Bypass Object Dialog Boxes. Next Document Please. Tiling Windows. Files By Date. Maximum Panel Height. Same Shortcuts Get Any Panel You Want! Skipping From Site to Site. Design On Top. Faster Site Operations. Local Lefty, Remote Righty. Insert Tab A into Menu B. Instant Browser Checking. Page Property-Palooza.

2. Racehorse Style: CSS Power Pointers.

Design Time Style Sheets. @Import Trick. Easy Bake CSS-P. Playing Styles Close to the Vest in Contribute. Double Team 'Em with CSS Classes. Computer Cloning. Can I See Some Identification Please? PSSST… Need a Stylish Hint? /* Stripper */. Classy but Careful. Rounding the Corners. Instant CSS File. Just Snippet. Expanded DIV Mode. Business as Usual. Driving on the Auto(Style)Bahn. Collapsing Borders. A Love/Hate Relationship. Can't Stop Seeing CSS? What the Fouc? Before You View, Preview. Clickable Cells That Change Colors. A Short Commentary. Handy Dandy Tag Selector. King Of All Media. Export CSS Biz. Case-By-Case CSS Hiding. Very ! Important. Swimming with the CSS Sharks. Filtered or Non-Filtered?

3. Rapid Rows, Cruising Columns: Building Better Tables.

Height Doesn't Matter. Quick Column Select. Undeferred, but not Deterred. Pseudo-Decimal Align. CSS Renameroni. Krazy Kustom Table Formats. Splitting Hairy Rows. Sort and Format or Format and Sort? Table Formatting with Class. Aye, Aye, Caption! Table Centering in the Here and Now. Your Pad Is My Space; My Space Is Your Pad. Accessible Stylish Headers. It's a Wrap! Importing Structured Data: The Prequel. Leaving the Nest. Table Widths on a Need to Know Basis. Maintain Column Widths. Moving Cells and Cell Contents. This Tip Totally Rules. Battle Of the Iron Designers. Batten Down the (Table) Hatches. Bringing In The Shims. The Vast Emptiness of Way Out, Layout Space. Snap Goes the Mouse. C(LA)SS-IC Fluid and Set Columns. Calling All Borders.

4. Blazing Browsers: Real World Browser Techniques.

Bye Bye Resize Fix. Close Pop-Up Window. Browser Suicide. <HEAD> 'Em Off. Not Your Only FTP. Joining the <A>Team. Alright, Netscape 4.X, Hold Those Margins, Buddy! Browser Checking without the Browser. Conditional Comments. Placement, Placement, Placement. Previewing Root-Relative Links Locally. The Layer Low-Down. Not An Iframe. Quit Making Me Quirky! What's Up, Doctype? Sassy Status Bar. Snappy Browser Sizing. Eliminate the Internet Explorer 6 Image Toolbar. Multiple Preview. Edit Browser List. Internet Explorer Quick Scroll. Make Dreamweaver The Default Editor. Hide Focus. Archives, Emulators, and Viewers, Oh My! Learning to Accessorize. Only Temporary. User-Defined Styles.

5. Design-O-Mite!: Explosive Layout Methods.

Changing Layer Stacking Order. Drawing Multiple Consecutive Layers. Layers Like You Like 'Em. Taking Preventative Measures. Movin' and Groovin' and Layin' To The Beat Now. No Special Magic Required. Put Those Layers in Their Place. Super Sizing Layers. No Trespassing. Nesting Urges. The Obvious Escapes Us Sometimes. Change Layer Contents. Insert Div Tag. Framesets-A-Palooza. Splits Are All Relative. Quick Draw Framesets. Why So Blue? Getting In Touch With Your Inner Frameset. Playing the Frame Name Game. A Frameset by Any Other Nameset. Keeping Frames In Their Place. Help, I've Been Framed, Again! Targeting Multiple Frames. Oodles of Undo-Odles. Creating Accessible Frames. Déjâ Vu Frames. The Guiding Light.

6. Assembly-Line Acceleration: Rapid Template, Library, and Page Production.

Keeping It Stylish. Edible Pears Versus Editable Pairs. Secret Templates. Da Link's Da Ting. I Never Meta Template Parameter I Didn't Like. Nested Template Locking. Quick Editable Regions. Fol Not Sol. Changing Your Mind about Template Regions. Just the Highlights, Please. Editable Attributes Blast Off. Sharing the Library Card. Editable Attributes, Two for Two. The Dark Side of Editable Attributes. Alternating Row Colors, The Template Parameter Way. The Hobgoblin of Big Minds. Stylin' at the BiblioTheQUE. Stay Tuned for a Special Update. The Region Name Game. Whatever Happened To New From Template…? Rollover Beethoven. Layout View Pearls of Wisdom. The Double-Click Fix. Untitled Tip. On This Date. XHTML, The Wave of the Future.

7. Miscellaneous Movers and Shakers: Dreamweaver's Cream of the Crop.

Ya Want It With or Without? Finding Your Assets in a Dark Room (Without a Flashlight). Watch Out for Killer Octothorpes. Keeping Your Includes Contribute-Worthy. Exploring Keyword Space. Zippy Form Organization with the <Fieldset> Tag. Where, Oh, Where Have My Window Sizes Gone? Dreamweaver Icons. Paging Mr. Find Paging Ms. Replace. Your Selection Is Ready. Support Forums and Newsgroups. Staying in Good Form. Google Archives. Fancy-Schmancy Form Buttons. Label-Licious. Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? Hitting the Faraway Links. Parlez Vous Geek? Hidden Game. Javascript Required. Bye, Bye Helper Text. Autocomplete Forms. Transferring Sites. Getting Graphic. Flashpaper Shazam! See Your Way to Siteless Editing. Reusable Javascript. Focus Your Attention Right Here.

8. All Fueled Up: The Best of Server-Side.

Safer Includes. Virtual or File. Path to the Database. Cellular Insurance. One-Click Pony. Format That Data. Looking for a View. Duplicating Recordsets. Yes, We Have No Records Today. Reusing Memo Fields. Dynamic Alterations. Coping With Login Failure. Overcoming CF Login Errors. Wizarding without Warlocks. Rollover, Fido1; Rollover, Fido2. Power Event Planning. Form-Al Testing. Getting It Right from the Data Source. Now that's Refreshing. Custom Recordset Navbar. Stop and Start Coldfusion Server. Widening the .Net. Multiple Application.Cfm. Mapping Form Elements and Data Fields. To Lock or Unlock: That Is the Question. Sophisticated Cfmail. I'd Go Offline, If Only I Had The Cache. Select One, Select 'Em All. Coldfusion DSN Variables.

9. Peel Rubber: Maxing Out Your Code.

Code Manipulation Magic. Oops, Backspace… Obsessive Compulsive Code Formatting. A Character in Every Crowd. Code Chameleon. Code Line-Ing Up Tables. Instant Gra-Tag-Ification. Gimme A Hint Please. Insert HTML in Design View. Wrap Tag Mode. Backtracking To HTML. My Favorite Snippet. Click-N-Drag Objects. Tag Chooser. Putting A Dent in the Code, Or Taking Them Out. Check This Out at the Library. Do Not Pass Go, Go Directly To Line Number. D'Left and D'Right. Where's That Function? Put Your Heads Together. Switching Tags. Complete Without You. Back and Forth. Do You Validate? Note To Self… Create Your Own Code Hints. Complete Formatting Control. Code Surveillance. Recovering Snippets from Dreamweaver MX.

10. Moving on Down the Road: Integrating and Extending Dreamweaver.

Structuring History Panel-Created Commands. Show More Layers. Alias: the Dreamweaver Command. An Object Love Affair. Custom Empty Tags. A Plus in Your Column. The Mother of All Menus. What Else Is on the Menu? Third-Party Tag, You're It! Free Scripts, Get Your Free Scripts Right Here! Replacing Within Results. Color Me Extensible. Editable and Selectable? Incredible! Mystery of the MXP. Valid MXI. Return of the Code Navigator. Hot Keys. Where Does He Get Those Fabulous Toys? To Reload or To Restart, That Is the Question. Fresh Ripe Commands Ready For Pickin'. I'm Sorry, It's Not My Default. Too Many Items on the Menu to Choose. Multiusers Equals Multiple Files. Behind the Scenes of the History Panel. Finding Objects. Making Your Own New from Template Command. Time Out for Floaters. My Documents. Adding Custom Tags to the Tag Chooser. Rated X: Macromedia Code Exposed. Toolbar Words, Be Gone! Running A Command from an Object. EMO, The Extension Manager. Two Special Floater Events. Custom Welcome Screen.

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