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Chapter 4. Editing Code

Chapter 4. Editing Code

HTML is the primary language of the Web. A few years ago, you couldn't create any pages without knowing how to write simple HTML code. With Dreamweaver, you can work in the Document window (Figure 4.1) to create page layouts and content without ever having to learn the actual code behind your creations. If you're interested in seeing what Dreamweaver does while you're inserting objects or if you like to hand code, you'll find abundant tools to help you do—or learn—the job quickly and well (Figure 4.2).

Figure 4.1. When you create a page in Design view, you can drag and drop, insert and edit, without having to know a thing about HTML.


Figure 4.2. Tools like Split view, which shows Design and Code views, and the Quick Tag editor, which homes in on specific tags, can expedite any hand coding.


Although no one is going to make you learn HTML, knowing what goes on behind the curtain will make you a lot less afraid of the Wizard of Oz. You can fine-tune details and move elements around with much more precision if you become comfortable working with HTML.

The letters HTML stand for HyperText Markup Language. Hypertext is old-school speak for “pages that have words that link to things.” Now, of course, images and multimedia files can also act as links, and the list of things on the other end of the link has expanded to include any and all digital files.

What, then, is a markup language? If you've ever seen proofreader's marks (Figure 4.3), that's the basic idea. Each mark indicates what the text should look like in final production.

Figure 4.3. Marking up a page with HTML is just like marking up a page by hand with proofreader's marks.


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