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Lesson 11. Integrating with Dreamweaver MX > Adding Text in Dreamweaver

Adding Text in Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver can open files created in word processing or page layout applications that have been saved as ASCII text files. For example, Dreamweaver can open a Microsoft Word document if you save the file as plain text or HTML. Text files (.txt files), as opposed to HTML files (.htm or .html files), open in Code view in Dreamweaver. After you open a text file in Dreamweaver, you can either copy and paste the text you need into another Dreamweaver file or save that file as a new HTML file. (A text file with the .txt extension will need the.htm or .html extension if you want the text file converted to an HTML file that opens in Dreamweaver.)

Simple document formatting such as paragraphs and line breaks can be retained, but you need to know a little about the differences in the ASCII format on the Windows and Macintosh platforms. Files created in Windows use an invisible control character called a line feed to indicate a new line within the text. Macintosh computers do not use the line-feed character. If you open a Windows text file in SimpleText on a Macintosh, you'll see a small rectangle at the beginning of each new paragraph, indicating the line-feed character. If you open a Macintosh text file in Windows, all of the paragraphs merge together because of the missing line-feed character.


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