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Chapter 18. Customizing Dreamweaver > Extending Dreamweaver with the JavaScript...

Extending Dreamweaver with the JavaScript API

If you have a firm grasp of JavaScript, you can do much more than rearrange menu items. You can add panels and inspectors, you can add and customize dialog boxes, and you can add translators for XML (like the one that translates server-side includes into inline HTML) or other content. You can modify the way the Site window works, the way code is written, the function of design notes, and more. Dreamweaver uses an extensible application programming interface (API) and allows modification of its Document Object Model (DOM).

Dreamweaver includes a second set of help files, called Extending Dreamweaver, which consists of instructions for people who want to add their own elements to the interface (Figure 18.49). This involves editing the source code, which means that commands must be written with JavaScript or C++ and then added to the interface using the JavaScript API.


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