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Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to the Dreamweaver MX for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide! Dreamweaver (Figures 1 and 2) is exciting software: It's simple to use and it's one of the very best WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Web-page editing tools ever to come down the pike.

Figure 1. Here's Dreamweaver MX, including the Document window, where you edit your pages. Below that is the Property inspector. To the right are some of Dream weaver's panels, including the CSS Styles panel, for designing page typography and other style sheets; the Tag Inspector, which displays a cascading view of all the tags on the page; and the Assets panel, for tracking and reusing objects.


Figure 2. The Site window lets you manage your files locally and on your Web site.


Dreamweaver isn't just another visual page-making tool. It does do what all the best editors do: creates tables, edits frames, and switches easily from page view to HTML (code) view.

But Dreamweaver goes way beyond the other editors to allow you to create Dynamic HTML (DHTML) gadgets and pages. Dreamweaver fully supports Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as layers and JavaScript behaviors. And Dreamweaver flexes great site-management muscles, including a built-in, full-fledged FTP client, complete with visual site maps and a link checker.

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