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Take Control of Getting Started with Dreamweaver

Book Description

Learn fundamental Web design principles and become comfortable working in Dreamweaver's complex interface! Dreamweaver 8 is a great Web design tool for pros, but newcomers may be overwhelmed by its interface or want to know more about how to work creatively and intelligently in the program. Help is at hand in Take Control of Getting Started with Dreamweaver, which offers a detailed tutorial for making your first site in Dreamweaver. Author Arnie Keller, who teaches Web design at the University of Victoria, shows you how to style type the smart way with CSS, create a sophisticated page layout using layers, and design a template-based site with an interactive navigation bar. This book also breaks new ground by linking to video screenshots (check them out now!) that show you exactly what to do. Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as: How can I experiment with different type formats? Can I control exactly where text and graphics appear on my pages? What's the best way to make a navigation bar that will help people find their way around my site? I want all my pages to have the same header and footer - how do I set up a template that automatically takes care of these repeating elements? How do I transfer my site to a Web server from within Dreamweaver?

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Getting Started with Dreamweaver
    1. Read Me First
      1. Onscreen Reading Tips
      2. Video Screenshots
      3. Printing Tips
      4. Basics
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Dreamweaver Quick Start
    4. 2. Explore the Dreamweaver Interface
    5. 3. Your First Page: Text, Graphics, and Links
      1. Create a Folder to Hold Your Work
      2. Launch Dreamweaver
      3. Build Your First Page
      4. Enter Text
      5. Create a Link
      6. Insert a Graphic
    6. 4. Your Second Page: Moving Beyond Bland
      1. Understand Styles
        1. Main head
        2. Subhead
      2. Understand Style Sheets
      3. Construct Styles and Style Sheets
      4. Edit Your Styles
      5. Apply Your Styles to Other Pages
      6. See Why CSS is Important
    7. 5. Your Third Page: Lay Out Pretty Pages
      1. Learn About Layers
        1. Size and location
        2. Overlapping layers: the Z-Index
        3. How to insert a layer
      2. Insert Layers
      3. Lay Out a Page with Layers
      4. Put Content in Layers
        1. Insert a nested layer
      5. Use Tables Effectively
        1. Insert a table
        2. Edit a table
      6. Use Other Layout Tools—and a Huge Heads-up
        1. Insert a horizontal rule
        2. Insert white space
    8. 6. Your First Web Site
      1. Design Pages Consistently
      2. Know About Templates
      3. Create a Site
      4. Build a Template
      5. Add Pages Based on a Template
      6. Edit the Template to Add Links
    9. 7. Navigation
      1. Learn About Navigation Bars
      2. Learn How to Link Within a Site
        1. Absolute links
        2. Relative links
      3. Make a Graphical Navigation Bar
        1. Prepare your images
          1. Download sample graphics
          2. Create your own images
        2. Make the navbar
        3. Save and test your work
      4. Design a Css-based Navigation Bar
        1. Style an individual layer
        2. Add a rule for each link state
        3. Test and tweak your new styles
    10. 8. Put Your Site on the Web
      1. Choose How to Transfer Your Files
      2. Gather Information
      3. Configure Dreamweaver to Connect to Your Server
      4. Set Up Your Files Panel
      5. Upload Your Files
      6. Check Your Site
      7. Set Permissions
      8. Update Your Site
    11. 9. Learn More
      1. Books
      2. Web Sites
    12. A. About This Ebook
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgements
      3. About the Publisher
      4. Production Credits