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Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Classroom in a Book

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Dreamweaver CS3, now included as part of Adobe's Creative Suite 3, is the leading professional Web design and development application in the market, and is a must-have tool for any Web designer or developer. Dreamweaver CS3 offers new CSS layouts, a unified CSS panel, and CSS visualization tools that let users create interactive Web sites without having to delve into code. Dreamweaver users can now create dynamic interfaces using the Spry framwork for Ajax. (Spry is 99% HTML, so it's accessible to both designers and developers). Spry widgets (pre-built user interface components) let users quickly add common user interface components to Web pages. Each chapter in this full-color book contains a project that builds upon the reader's growing knowledge of Dreamweaver, while review questions at the end of each chapter reinforce the most important skills. Readers will learn how to customize a Dreamweaver workspace, apply cascading style sheets, enter headline and body text, insert graphics and rollovers, and add links to a page. They'll also learn how to add interactive elements to their site, such as behaviors, effects, and Flash video; add new code or code snippets; and publish their finished site to the Web.

SPECIAL NOTE: Before starting the lessons in the book visit www.peachpit.com/dwcs3cib for important lesson and project file updates.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. What’s on the CD*
    1. Lesson files ... and so much more
  3. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the Program
    4. Copying the Classroom in a Book Files
    5. Setting Preferences
    6. Additional resources
    7. Adobe Certification
  4. 1. Quick Start to Dreamweaver CS3
    1. Selecting a CSS starting point
    2. Saving your page
    3. Modifying the page title
    4. Changing headings
    5. Inserting text
    6. Adding new images
    7. Linking to other pages
    8. Selecting and modifying CSS styles
      1. Changing background color of the page body
      2. Inserting a graphic background
      3. Adjusting text fonts and colors
      4. Altering text size and spacing
    9. Previewing your page in a browser
    10. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  5. 2. Customizing your Workspace
    1. Touring the workspace
      1. Controlling the welcome screen
      2. Choosing Your Document Window
      3. Using the Status bar
      4. Adjusting panels and panel groups
    2. Creating custom workspaces
    3. Using the Property inspector
    4. Adjusting toolbars
    5. Personalizing Preferences
    6. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  6. 3. Applying Cascading Style Sheets
    1. Defining a Dreamweaver site
    2. Previewing your completed file
    3. Attaching an external style sheet
    4. Creating new CSS rules
      1. Defining styles for tags
      2. Setting up custom classes
    5. Applying styles
    6. Changing properties
    7. Developing a print style sheet
      1. Saving and attaching a print style sheet
      2. Hiding unwanted page areas
      3. Converting styles for print
    8. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  7. 4. Working with Text
    1. Previewing your completed file
    2. Entering headlines and body text
    3. Importing external text
    4. Creating numbered and bulleted lists
    5. Spell checking your document
    6. Searching and replacing text
    7. Building tables
    8. Importing tabular data
    9. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  8. 5. Designing with Images
    1. Previewing your completed file
    2. Inserting an image
    3. Using background images
    4. Optimizing graphics
    5. Including Fireworks rollovers
    6. Inserting Photoshop files
    7. Copying and pasting from Photoshop
    8. Accessing Bridge
    9. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  9. 6. Inserting Links
    1. Previewing your completed file
    2. Linking to internal site pages
    3. Creating an external link
    4. Setting up email links
    5. Targeting links within the page
    6. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  10. 7. Crafting Page Layouts
    1. Previewing your completed file
    2. Creating layout styled div elements
      1. Creating the page and defining the body tag
      2. Defining the outer wrapper
      3. Setting up the primary divisions
      4. Adding content areas
      5. Inserting placeholders
    3. Exporting CSS styles
    4. Using the Ruler and Guides
    5. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  11. 8. Creating Interactive Pages
    1. Learning About Dreamweaver Behaviors
    2. Previewing your completed file
    3. Applying behaviors
    4. Opening browser windows
    5. Modifying a behavior
    6. Showing and hiding areas
    7. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  12. 9. Integrating Ajax with Spry
    1. Learning about Ajax and Spry
    2. Previewing your completed file
    3. Including XML data
    4. Building Spry data sets
      1. Adding a Spry Table
    5. Applying Spry detail regions
    6. Constructing Spry Widgets
    7. Applying Spry Effects
    8. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  13. 10. Constructing Forms
    1. Previewing your completed file
    2. Learning about forms
    3. Adding a form to the page
    4. Inserting text form elements
      1. Setting up for accessible forms
      2. Using text fields
      3. Including spry text fields
      4. Applying password fields
      5. Incorporating text areas
    5. Including radio buttons
    6. Inserting checkboxes
    7. Working with lists
    8. Adding a submit button to a form
    9. Styling your forms
      1. Framing with fieldset and legend
      2. Applying CSS rules
    10. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  14. 11. Adding Multimedia
    1. Previewing your completed file
    2. Placing a Flash movie on the web
    3. Showing Flash video
    4. Integrating a Flash slide show
    5. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  15. 12. Publishing to the Web
    1. Defining a Remote Site
      1. Setting up a remote FTP site
      2. Establishing a remote site on a local or network server
      3. Checking browser compatibility
    2. Validating your site
    3. Putting your site online
    4. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  16. 13. Increasing Productivity with Templates
    1. Creating a template
    2. Inserting editable regions
    3. Producing child pages
    4. Adding optional regions
    5. Updating templates and child pages
    6. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers
  17. 14. Working with Code
    1. Selecting code
    2. Collapsing code
    3. Adding new code
    4. Commenting your code
    5. Review
      1. Review questions
      2. Review answers