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Macromedia's Dreamweaver 4 combines visual layout tools with text-based HTML editing features for the creation, management, and maintenance of Web sites. It gives beginners immediate access to the tools needed for creating Web pages, while allowing developers familiar with hand-coding to work directly with the code when needed. This flexible program makes advanced techniques accessible and easy to use. The integration of powerful design, code, and reference features gives both beginners and advanced users an advantage.

This Macromedia training course leads you step by step through the projects in each lesson, presents the major features and tools in Dreamweaver 4, and guides you towards developing the skills you need to create Web sites. This approximately 21-hour curriculum includes these lessons:

Lesson 1: Learning the Basics

Lesson 2: Working with Graphics

Lesson 3: Creating Links

Lesson 4: Elements of Page Design

Lesson 5: Adding User Interactivity

Lesson 6: Managing Your Site

Lesson 7: Using Libraries

Lesson 8: Using Templates

Lesson 9: Creating Frames

Lesson 10: Creating Layers

Lesson 11: Using Style Sheets

Lesson 12: Using Find and Replace

Lesson 13: reating Forms

Lesson 14: Animating with Timelines

Lesson 15: Extending Dreamweaver

Each lesson begins by outlining the major focus of the lesson and introducing new features. Learning objectives and the approximate time needed to complete all the tasks are also listed at the beginning of each lesson. The projects are divided into short tasks that explain the importance of each skill you learn.

This training course also features these elements:

Tips: Alternative ways to perform tasks, and suggestions to consider when applying the skills you are learning.

Notes: Additional background information to expand your knowledge, and advanced techniques you can explore in order to further develop your skills.

Boldface terms: New Dreamweaver vocabulary that is introduced and emphasized in each lesson.

Menu commands and keyboard shortcuts: There are often multiple ways to perform the same task in Dreamweaver; the different options will be pointed out in each lesson. Menu commands are shown with angle brackets between the menu names and commands: Menu > Command > Subcommand. Keyboard shortcuts are shown with a plus sign between the names of keys to indicate that you should press the keys simultaneously; for example, Shift+Tab means that you should press the Shift and Tab keys at the same time.

Appendix A contains a table with special characters, regular expressions, and their meanings for use with Dreamweaver's Find and Replace feature, covered in Lesson 12. At the end of the book are Appendixes B and C, which provide shortcuts for Dreamweaver commands for use on Macintosh and Windows systems, respectively.

The files you will need to complete the projects for each lesson are located in the DW4_Lessons folder on the enclosed CD. Inside the Lessons folder are folders titled with the name of the lesson—Lesson_01_Text, for example—that contain the subfolders and files necessary to perform the tasks in the respective lesson. Which subfolders are included will depend on the projects in the lesson. Common subfolders include: Completed, which contains the completed files for each lesson so you can compare your work and see the end result of the project; Images, which contains all the images necessary for the lesson; and Text, which includes text documents you will need to import into Dreamweaver. The files you will use for each of the projects are listed at the beginning of each lesson.

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