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Chapter 4. Editing Code > About the Hints Menus

About the Hints Menus

The Tag Hints menu will appear when you type code just about anyplace in Dream weaver: Code and Split views, the Code inspector, the Quick Tag editor. It's a regular old drop-down menu. To select a tag, scroll through the menu using the scrollbars or arrow keys, or type a few letters of the tag, and the menu will scroll down alphabetically. For example, type cen, and the menu will scroll to center.

To enter a selection, press Enter (Return), or double-click the entry. Or just keep typing to bypass the menu.

While you're typing, the hints menu will stay until you complete a tag, or if you pause while typing in the QT editor, it may reappear (Figure 4.57).

Figure 4.57. Even though I've typed most of my tag, the Hints menu stays open just in case I need it.

When you type a space after a tag opener, the Hints menu will appear again, suggesting common attributes for that tag (Figure 4.58).

Figure 4.58. Type a space after a tag, and a Hints menu of attributes will appear.

If you select the name of an attribute, available standard values for that attribute will appear. For example, the tag <td> (table cell) offers several attributes, including align. If you select the align attribute, the Hints menu will offer left, center, and right as available values (Figure 4.59). On the other hand, another attribute of the <td> tag is bgcolor. If you select that attribute, every code for every color will not appear. You'll have to type the hex code yourself, or save your changes and then select the color using the Property inspector.

Figure 4.59. Choose an attribute, and type and, when possible, a menu of common values will appear.

To make the Hints menu go away, click the QT editor, press Esc, or just keep typing. If the Hints menu doesn't appear when you want it to, I'm afraid you'll have to close the QT editor and try it again, or just type the tag or attribute.

To turn menus on or off, use the Tag Hints panel of the Preferences dialog box (Figure 4.60). For full details, see Appendix D on the book's Web site.

Figure 4.60. You can add delay time before the menu appears and choose which menus to use in the Code Hints panel of the Preferences dialog box.

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