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Using Design Notes

A design note is basically a hidden text file that stores information about another file. You can use design notes not only with Web pages, but also with images, multimedia files, CSS or HTML style sheets, library items, templates, and any other file in your local site.

To create a design note:

1.
Select the file you want to notate in the Site window, or open it in the Document window. Then, select File > Design Notes from the Site window menu bar or the Document window menu bar.

You can also select Design Notes from the File Management menu on the toolbar (Figure 21.22).

Figure 21.22. Access design notes for the current page by selecting Design Notes from the File Management menu on the toolbar.


Either way, the Design Notes dialog box will appear (Figure 21.23), displaying the name of the file and its site path/location.

Figure 21.23. Leave notes for yourself or your coworkers in the Design Notes dialog box.


2.
The Status drop-down menu allows you to flag a file with the following labels: draft; revision 1, 2, or 3; alpha, beta, or final; or needs attention (Figure 21.24). You may select any or none of these.

Figure 21.24. Select an option from the status menu. To add a status value that doesn't appear on this menu, see Step 7 and use Status as the Name.


3.
To stamp the current date in the design note, click on the Date button above the vertical scrollbar in the Notes text box. The date will appear in the Notes text box.

4.
Type additional notes in the Notes text box.

5.
To have Dreamweaver pop open the design notes whenever the file is opened, check the Show When File Is Opened box.

6.
To add specific notes to be used consistently from file to file, click on the All Info tab to make that panel of the dialog box visible (Figure 21.25).

Figure 21.25. Add formatted notes (name=value) in the All Info tab of the Design Notes dialog box. These are some examples of names and values you might find useful.


7.
To add a note, click on the + button. In the Name and Value text boxes, type the information, such as "Project" and "Intranet," "Due" and "[Date]," or "Author" and "ttowers" (Figure 21.25).

8.
When you're done, click on OK to close the dialog box and save your design notes.


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