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File Formats

Adobe GoLive has to be the most versatile web design program when it comes to file formats. Of course, GoLive supports all the file formats necessary to create and save web content, but GoLive does conversions for you on the fly, adding Smart Objects to your web content. For example, let's say you have a Photoshop image in Photoshop format (.psd) and you want to incorporate it in your web page. Insert it on your web page and GoLive prompts you to convert it to a usable format and enables you to scale the image and choose the appropriate format and compression. After it's inserted into your document as a Smart Object, you can simply double-click the image to edit it in its native format and then save it to update the web page content. Source files supported include BMP, PCX, Pixar, Amiga IFF, TIFF, TARGA, PDF, EPS, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, and PICT (Mac OS only). The following are some of the formats GoLive supports:

  • HTML (HyperText Markup Language). The language of the web since the beginning, HTML codes are now the most basic building blocks for web pages. Whether you want to hand-code your own HTML or use GoLive's tools to create HTML content, GoLive accommodates you in this endeavor and even helps you check the syntax of your code, along with its compliance to established standards.

  • XHTML (Extensible HyperText Markup Language). The successor to HTML, XHTML extends the capabilities of HTML to include encoding for CSS and mobile devices and is entirely XML (Extensible Markup Language) compatible, which makes the code usable by any system capable of interpreting XML. GoLive automatically formats web pages for XHTML 1.0 Transitional, though you can easily convert it to other subsets of XHTML by choosing Convert under the Special menu. There are three basic DTDs (Document Type Definitions) widely specified for XHTML:

    • XHTML 1.0 Strict. This method is used when you desire the cleanest structural markup without any markup for layout formatting. Use CSS to handle the layout and formatting in this case.

    • XHTML 1.0 Transitional. If you're creating web pages for the general public and want to include support for older browsers, this is probably the best and most common method. You can still take advantage of the benefits of XHTML, but this method also supports some of the more traditional HTML methods of doing things, such as the attributes for the body tag and link tag.

    • XHTML 1.0 Frameset. Use this DTD when you want to use frames in your web pages.


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