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Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Communicating with Design Notes

Lots of questions arise when a team works on a Web site: Has this page been proofread? Who is the author of the page? Where did this graphic come from? Usually, you must rely on a flurry of emails to ferret out the answers.

But Dreamweaver's Design Notes dialog box (Figure 15-15) eliminates much of that hassle by letting you attach information, such as a Web page's status or author, to a file.

If you want the Design Notes window to open whenever someone opens the page, turn on "Show when file is opened." This option makes sure no one misses an important note attached to a Web page. When the page is opened in Dreamweaver, the Design Notes window appears automatically. (This option has no effect when adding notes to GIFs, JPEGs, Flash movies, or anything other than a file that Dreamweaver can open and edit, such as a Web page or an external CSS style sheet.)

Figure 15-15. If you want the Design Notes window to open whenever someone opens the page, turn on "Show when file is opened." This option makes sure no one misses an important note attached to a Web page. When the page is opened in Dreamweaver, the Design Notes window appears automatically. (This option has no effect when adding notes to GIFs, JPEGs, Flash movies, or anything other than a file that Dreamweaver can open and edit, such as a Web page or an external CSS style sheet.)

You can open these notes (from the Files panel or from a currently open document), edit them, and even share them with others. In this way, it's easy to leave notes for other people—such as, "Hey Bob, can you make sure that this is the most recent photo of Brad and Angelina?" You can even add notes to files other than Web pages, including folders, images, Flash movies, and external Cascading Style Sheets—anything, in fact, that appears in the Files panel.

Setting Up Design Notes

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