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Macromedia's Dreamweaver MX 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 experienced developers who are 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 provides a wealth of benefits to both beginners and advanced users.

This book is intended to familiarize you with the Dreamweaver development environment and focuses on equipping you with the skills needed to lay out and design Web pages. Because it is geared toward beginner and intermediate users who may have little or no previous experience with Dreamweaver, coverage of advanced application building and dynamic Web site creation with the use of databases, server behaviors, and Web applications is outside the scope of this book. These features require knowledge and understanding of dynamic design concepts, and of the languages used to create these sites including ASP, JSP, ColdFusion and more. For those who are interested in learning about the code, Lesson 12 will get you started in the coding environment, demonstrating how to work with Dreamweaver's coding tools and pointing you to resources within the program that will enable you to learn more.

This Macromedia training course steps you through the projects in each lesson, presents the major features and tools in Dreamweaver MX, and guides you toward developing the skills you need to create Web sites. This curriculum should take approximately 21 hours to complete and includes the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Dreamweaver MX 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: Accessibility and Testing

Lesson 8: Using Libraries

Lesson 9: Using Templates

Lesson 10: Creating Frames

Lesson 11: Creating Forms

Lesson 12: Editing the Code

Lesson 13: Using Style Sheets

Lesson 14: Using Find and Replace

Lesson 15: Creating Layers

Lesson 16: Animating with Timelines

Lesson 17: Extending Dreamweaver

The project site that you will be working on throughout the book, “Lights of the Coast,” explores the history, technology, and culture of lighthouses. This is just one example of the kinds of Web sites that you can create with Dreamweaver. You can see the actual “Lights of the Coast” Web site online at http://www.northwindstudios.com/lighthouse.

Additional examples of Web sites that can be created with Dreamweaver are provided at the end of many of the lessons. There you will have the opportunity to see how the concepts are used in other real-world examples and use materials from those sites to complete a suggested activity for more practice with the skills you have learned in the respective lesson.

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 exercises are also listed at the beginning of each lesson. The projects are divided into short exercises that explain the importance of each skill you learn. Every lesson will build on the concepts and techniques used in the previous lessons.

This training course also features the following 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, as well as advanced techniques you can explore in order to further develop your skills.

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

Blue text: Text that you will need to type.

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.

Appendixes: 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 14. Appendixes B and C provide shortcuts for Dreamweaver commands for use on Macintosh and Windows systems, respectively.

CD-ROM: The files you will need to complete the projects for each lesson are located in the DWMX_project folder on the enclosed CD. Inside the project folder are subfolders titled with the name of the lesson—Lesson_01_Text, for example—that contain the sub folders 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.

For additional practice with the skills you will learn in each lesson, try recreating the starting files that have been provided for you in the lesson files.

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