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Lesson 7. Using Libraries

Lesson 7. Using Libraries

Dreamweaver lets you store often-used content as library items. There may be elements you want to repeat throughout your site. These elements may include navigation tools, copyright information, headers and footers, or other elements that need to appear on multiple pages. Creating library items for these elements will allow you to quickly and easily insert this content into many documents. If you need to change information, such as copyright dates that may appear on a large number of pages throughout your site, library items will make it possible for you to edit the content and, with a single command, update all documents that reference it. Without a library item, you would have to open each page and modify the information. On a small site, this may not be difficult; however, on a very large site, it would be time-consuming and increase the probability of errors. Library items provide a way for you to maintain consistency and automate the process of updating your site.

In this project, you will add a library item like the one at the bottom of this page. After you modify the library item, you will use the update feature to quickly and efficiently make the same changes to all pages containing that item.

To see examples of the finished pages, open biking.htm, cycling_intro.htm, and road.htm from the Lesson_07_Library/Completed folder.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn when and why to use library items

  • Create and insert a library item

  • Recreate a library item

  • Edit an existing library item

  • Update all references to a library item

  • Detach a library item

  • Create and modify a library item containing behaviors

APPROXIMATE TIME

This lesson should take about one hour to complete.

LESSON FILES

Media Files:

Lesson_07_Library/Images/bike_ad.gif

Lesson_07_Library/Images/bike_ad_f2.gif

Lesson_07_Library/Images/bike_overlook.jpg

Lesson_07_Library/Images/compass.gif

Lesson_07_Library/Images/compass_logo_gray.gif

Lesson_07_Library/Images/kayak_ad_f2.gif

Starting Files:

Lesson_07_Library/biking.htm

Lesson_07_Library/cycling_intro.htm

Lesson_07_Library/road.htm

Completed Project:

Lesson_07_Library/Completed/biking.htm

Lesson_07_Library/Completed/cycling_intro.htm

Lesson_07_Library/Completed/road.htm


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