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Chapter 4. Editing HTML > Using the Code Reference

Using the Code Reference

Dreamweaver now offers tag-by-tag help in the form of a context-sensitive Reference panel. If you want to know what a tag does, you can select it and open the Reference to read a description and some basic rules.

The text in the Reference panel comes from O'Reilly textbooks, which are reliable and well-written.

To use the Reference while working:

1.
You must turn on syntax coloring in order for the Reference to recognize a tag. In Document window Code view or in the Code inspector, select Syntax Coloring from the View Options menu (Figure 4.22).

Figure 4.22. Turn on Syntax Coloring from the View Options menu to make the Code Reference's context-sensitive feature work.


2.
Click within your document (any view) on a tag or modified object that you want to learn more about.

3.
Click the Reference button. (Figure 4.23). The Reference panel will appear (Figure 4.24).

Figure 4.23. Select an object or a tag, and then click on the Reference button to read about the associated code.


To browse the Reference:

1.
In the Reference panel, select one of the three topics from the Book drop-down menu: HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.

2.
Select an HTML tag, CSS attribute, or JavaScript object from the drop-down menu on the left.

3.
To read about additional attributes of HTML tags or javaScript objects, select an attribute from the Description drop-down menu on the right.

Figure 4.24. The Reference panel provides handy information about most HTML tags and attributes.


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