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Lesson 12. Editing the Code

Lesson 12. Editing the Code

You can gain more control over many of the elements on your Web pages once you become familiar with HTML code and how to edit that code or even write it from scratch yourself (otherwise known as hand coding). Dreamweaver does a great deal of work for you, saving you time by creating the code in the background while you visually design your pages. However, Dreamweaver is a great deal more than just a visual editor. It provides an extensive array of tools and resources for hand coding and code editing. These features enable advanced programmers to make precise modifications, troubleshoot their documents, and make use of the most recent progress in code development—even if those advances go beyond what is available in Dreamweaver. The ability to introduce items that Dreamweaver may not recognize and the level of control that you have over the code makes for a very flexible program that you can use while staying up-to-date in the rapidly changing world of Web development. Even as a beginner, you can make use of these code features and use Dreamweaver's code tools and resources to learn hand coding.

In this lesson, you'll work with a page like this one while you make modifications to the HTML code that is used to create the page.

In this lesson, you will learn to edit the code and make use of many of the tools that will enable you to create code by hand. This lesson is intended to give you a basic introduction to the extensive code editing features available in Dreamweaver—a thorough and advanced exploration of these tools is outside the scope of this book.

To see examples of the finished pages for this chapter, open lighthouse_history.html and markings.html from the Lesson_12_Code/Completed folder.


In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn to switch document views

  • Use the Code View to edit HTML

  • Create meta tags and HTML comments

  • Use the Tag Selector

  • Use the Quick Tag Editor

  • Use Snippets

  • Clean up HTML

  • Clean up Word HTML


This lesson should take approximately one hour to complete.


Media Files:

Lesson_12_Code/Images/…(all files)

Starting Files:




Completed Project:






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