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Learn how to fully exploit the power of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 with Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours. Divided into 24 one-hour lessons, you will learn how to create webpages and how to use the latest and greatest toolset in this updated version of Macromedia Dreamweaver. Author Besty Bruce, a web applications developer and Macromedia-authorized Dreamweaver and Authorware Trainer, will show you how to build your knowledge of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 and authoring websites with her ...

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Overview

Learn how to fully exploit the power of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 with Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours. Divided into 24 one-hour lessons, you will learn how to create webpages and how to use the latest and greatest toolset in this updated version of Macromedia Dreamweaver. Author Besty Bruce, a web applications developer and Macromedia-authorized Dreamweaver and Authorware Trainer, will show you how to build your knowledge of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 and authoring websites with her carefully guided instruction. You will focus on how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 to:

  • Quickly build a dynamic website.
  • Employ client-side image maps and interactive forms.
  • Design a layout with frames and tables.
  • Add interactivity with scripts and controls.
  • Add audio, video, and other active content.
Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours is fully updated to the newest version of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, providing you with a comprehensive, up-to-date learning and reference tool.
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Start this book as a Dreamweaver 8 newcomer: 24 hour-long lessons later, you’ll be comfortable with every step of building, managing, and maintaining dynamic web sites.

As in other Sams Teach Yourself books, this one’s carefully organized: each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, wrapping up with hands-on exercises that give you confidence in your new skills. You’ll start by touring Dreamweaver 8’s interface; then create and edit new pages; define sites; write HTML; add images and multimedia. You’ll deepen your control over page layout with tables; then move into modern web design with CSS.

You’ll build forms, collect data, and use scripts to send and react to it. Finally, you’ll master the tools that make Dreamweaver so valuable to contemporary web developers: everything from Design Notes and site reports to templates and library items. Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672327537
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 9/30/2005
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Bruce is a web applications developer and Macromedia-authorized Dreamweaver and Authorware Trainer for MediaPro, Inc. She specializes in computer and web-based training applications and consults with major corporations on both design and training. As an authorized trainer, she has traveled the country guiding groups from corporations to school districts in effectively creating dynamic web content.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

What Is Dreamweaver 8?

Who Should Use Dreamweaver 8?

Who Should Use This Book?

How to Use This Book

I. Getting Started With Dreamweaver 8.

1. A World Wide Web of Dreamweaver Possibilities.

What Can You Do With Dreamweaver?

Website Examples

2. A Tour of Dreamweaver.

Acquainting Yourself with Dreamweaver

Installing the Software

Exploring the Dreamweaver Work Area

Getting Help

3. Getting Started: Adding Text, Lists, and Previewing in the Browser.

Creating a New Page and Adding Text

Setting Page Properties

Introducing Cascading Style Sheets

Changing Text Attributes in the Property Inspector

Aligning Text

Creating Lists and Indenting Text

Adding a Separator to a Page: The Horizontal Rule

Saving Your Work and Previewing in a Browser

4. Organizing: Defining and Configuring a Website.

Defining a New Website

Using the Site Definition Wizard

Using the Files Panel

Using the Expanded Files Panel

Creating New Files in the Files Panel

Editing a Site Definition

Considering Site Organization

5. Setting Lots o' Links: Hyperlinks, Anchors, and Mailto Links.

Exploring Relative and Absolute Paths

Adding a Hyperlink Within a Website

Setting Link Color Preferences

Organizing a Long Page by Using Named Anchors

Using the Point-to-File Icon

Adding a Mailto Link

6. Getting Down and Dirty with HTML.

Exploring Code View

Viewing and Editing HTML Tags by Using the Quick Tag Editor

Setting Code Preferences

Cleaning Up HTML Created with Microsoft Word

Exploring References

II. ADDING IMAGES AND MULTIMEDIA.

7. Displaying Images.

Adding an Image to a Page

Exploring Image Flavors: GIF, JPEG, and PNG

Editing Images Within Dreamweaver

Creating a Rollover Image

8. Optimizing and Creating Images.

Acquainting Yourself with Fireworks

Optimizing Images for Use in a Web Page

Creating an Image

Creating a Rollover Effect

Slicing an Image into Pieces

Editing a Fireworks File into Dreamweaver

9. Creating Image Maps and Navigation Bars.

Adding Links to a Graphic by Using Image Maps

Creating an Image Map

Aligning Hotspots

Targeting a Link to Open in a New Browser Window

Creating a Navigation Bar with Rollover Images and Links

10. Adding Flash and Other Multimedia to a Web Page.

Exploring Multimedia and Bandwidth

Understanding Players

Adding Flash Files

Adding a Link to a PDF File

Adding a Sound File to a Web Page

Adding a Java Applet to a Web Page

11. Managing Assets Using the Assets Panel.

What Are Assets?

Managing Assets in the Assets Panel

Adding Assets to a Web Page

Creating Favorite Assets

Creating New Assets in the Assets Panel

Copying Assets to Another Site

III. WEB PAGE LAYOUT WITH TABLES AND FRAMES.

12. Displaying Data In Tables.

Creating a Table for Data

Modifying a Table and Adding Content

Exporting Data from a Table

Importing Table Data

13. Designing Page Layout Using Tables.

Using Layout Mode

Fine-Tuning Your Design in Table Layout Mode

Editing a Table in Standard Mode

Adding Color to a Table

Nesting a Table Within a Table

Using a Tracing Image to Transfer a Design to a Web Page

Turning a Table into a Group of Layers

14. Using Frames to Display Multiple Web Pages.

Creating a Frameset

Using the Frames Panel

Nesting Frames

Using Existing Web Pages with Frames

Setting Frame and Frameset Attributes

Using Frames Objects

Targeting Linked Pages to Open in a Specific Frame

Using the Go to URL Behavior to Load Frames

IV. DYNAMIC HTML: LAYERS, CASCADING STYLE SHEETS, BEHAVIORS, AND TIMELINES.

15. Using Dynamic HTML and Layers.

What Is DHTML?

Adding a Layer

Nesting Layers

Animating with Timelines

16. Formatting Web Pages Using Cascading Style Sheets.

Creating and Applying a Class

Exploring Style Settings

Redefining an HTML Tag

Editing Styles

Positioning a Div by Using CSS

Creating Advanced CSS Styles

Creating an External Style Sheet

17. Adding Interactivity with Behaviors.

What Is a Dreamweaver Behavior?

Showing and Hiding Layers

Opening a New Window

Popping Up a Message

Sending Text to a Layer

Adding a Draggable Layer to a Web Page

V. COLLECTING USER DATA BY USING FORMS.

18. Creating a Form and Collecting Data.

Creating a Form

Adding Radio Buttons and Check Boxes to Forms

Adding Lists and Menus to Forms

Adding Push Buttons and Image Buttons to Forms

Creating a Jump Menu to Navigate to Different URLs

19. Introduction to Scripts: Sending and Reacting to Form Data.

Validating a Form's Data by Using the Validate Form Behavior

Receiving Information from a Form

Exploring Submission Security

Uploading a File from a Form

Preparing a Page to Interact with ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, PHP, or CFML

VI. ORGANIZING AND UPLOADING A PROJECT.

20. Uploading and Sharing a Project on the Web.

Enabling Server Connection

Moving a Site onto a Remote Server

Understanding Dreamweaver's Website Management Capabilities

Transferring Files

Importing an Existing Website

21. Managing and Editing a Website.

Managing the Local and Remote Sites

Adding Design Notes to Pages

Generating Reports About a Website

22. Customizing Dreamweaver.

Creating a Custom Snippet

Editing the Keyboard Shortcuts

Making a Menu Command

Adding Favorites to the Insert Bar

Extending Dreamweaver by Using Third-Party Extensions

Using, Saving, and Sharing Searches

23. Using the Library: Reusing Elements of a Website.

Creating a Library Item

Adding a Library Item to a Page

Making Changes to a Library Item

Using Styles in Library Items

24. Creating Reusable Web Pages: Using Templates.

Creating a Template

Creating a Web Page from a Template

Making Changes to a Template and Updating Pages

Using Behaviors and Styles in Templates

VII. APPENDIXES.

Appendix A: Resources.

Dreamweaver Development

General Web Development

Dynamic HTML (DHTML)

Dreamweaver Extensions

Cascading Style Sheets

Scripting Resources: CGI, JavaScript, and Server-Side Scripting

Accessibility

Usability

Downloads

Browsers

Organizations

Appendix B: Glossary.

Index.

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Preface

Introduction

"Ooooooo, Dreamweaver. I believe you can get me through the night." Remember that song by Gary Wright? Okay, some of you weren't born yet. The song brought up memories of seventh-grade dances for me. I'm glad that Dreamweaver, the software, came along and replaced that vision in my head. Dreamweaver, the software, has helped me through a number of nights developing websites and web applications!

I started using Dreamweaver when it first came out. Web page–editing tools were frustrating in that pre-Dreamweaver age. Many web developers were annoyed that some tools would rewrite or even delete some of the code they had just lovingly crafted. I remember one instance where I jumped up and down, stomping in my office, for almost five minutes after one tool deleted several hundred lines of JavaScript I had just written. So, many developers at that time preferred to use a simple text editor and write HTML and JavaScript by hand. I think Macromedia web developers must have been frustrated at that time, too, because they created a tool, Dreamweaver, that had all the features a web developer could want.

And Dreamweaver has continued to be the industry standard for web development tools.

What Is Dreamweaver 8?

Dreamweaver 8 is the newest version of Macromedia Dreamweaver, an award-winning HTML editor and web application–development tool. Some people do not exploit the more powerful features of Dreamweaver because they don't know about them. You will not be one of those people with this book in your hand!

Whether you use Mac OS X or Windows, you'll get the same robust set of features from Dreamweaver 8. The interfaces for the two operating systems look slightly different but you can produce the same beautiful, functional websites with either version.

Dreamweaver is excellent at quickly creating attractive web pages that include styled text, images, forms, frames, tables, and more. But Dreamweaver really shines when you need to make your web page do something. Dreamweaver excels at Dynamic HTML (DHTML), the web functionality that enables the user to interact with your web page. Don't know how to script? No problem! Dreamweaver includes behaviors, scripted functionality that you simply click to add to a certain object.

Dreamweaver 8 also excels at enabling you to create and apply standard Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to format how your web pages display in the browser. Dreamweaver 8 gives you the capability to use CSS to style your web pages. You can also use Dreamweaver tools to design your page layout using CSS.

Who Should Use Dreamweaver 8?

Whether you are creating your very first web page or have decided to try web-editing software after coding by hand for years, you are going to love Macromedia Dreamweaver 8. Dreamweaver gives you the freedom to visually design the look of a web page and the power to make it act the way you want. Dreamweaver gives you the flexibility to create your own personal web page or an entire corporate intranet site.

Who Should Use This Book?

This book is for anyone now using Dreamweaver, as well as anyone who is planning to. If you are new to web development, this book will get you up to speed creating web pages and websites. If you are already a web developer, you'll find tips, tricks, and instructions to get all you can out of Dreamweaver 8.

This book covers creating static web pages in Dreamweaver 8, including forms, images, tables, page layout, interacting with users, managing your websites and many other topics. After you have mastered the 24 hours of content covered in this book, you might want to explore the advanced capabilities of Dreamweaver 8 to create web pages that connect to databases. Even if your ultimate goal is to create dynamic web pages based on databases, you'll benefit from knowing how Dreamweaver creates and maintains static web page content.

How to Use This Book

Each hour of this book represents a lesson that should take you approximately an hour to learn. The book is designed to get you productively working in Dreamweaver 8 as quickly as possible. There are numerous figures to illustrate the lessons in the book.

Code lines, commands, statements, and any other code-related terms appear in a monospace typeface. Placeholders (which stand for what you should actually type) appear in italic monospace.

Each lesson begins with a list of topics and an overview. The lesson ends with a summary, questions and answers, a quiz, and some exercises you can try on your own.

Within the lessons you'll find the following elements that provide additional information:


By the Way notes give extra information on the current topic.

Did You Know? tips offer advice or describe an additional way of accomplishing something.

Watch Out! cautions signal you to be careful of potential problems and give you information on how to avoid or fix them.

As you read this book and work through the examples, remember: Have fun!

Betsy Bruce

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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