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10. Under the Hood: HTML > 10.4. Tag Inspector

Tag Inspector

The Property inspector is a handy tool. With it, you can adjust properties for all sorts of HTML tags, like a table’s width or a paragraph’s font. But even the Property inspector doesn’t tell the whole story: some HTML tags have additional properties that don’t appear there. While these are less frequently used properties for the most part, until Dreamweaver MX came along, you had to go into Code view to add them.

Dreamweaver’s Tag inspector lets you edit every property of every tag on a page. What it lacks in user-friendliness—you need to know a lot about HTML to use it correctly—it makes up for in comprehensiveness. It has two faces: category view (left) and list view (right.) The list view is just that: a list of all properties for the selected tag. The category view imposes a bit of order on this mess, by organizing the different properties into related categories. You can even set a property value dynamically based on information retrieved from a database, using the lightning bolt button (circled). (Of course, you must first learn how to build dynamic Web sites by reading Part VI of this book.)

Figure 10-11. Dreamweaver’s Tag inspector lets you edit every property of every tag on a page. What it lacks in user-friendliness—you need to know a lot about HTML to use it correctly—it makes up for in comprehensiveness. It has two faces: category view (left) and list view (right.) The list view is just that: a list of all properties for the selected tag. The category view imposes a bit of order on this mess, by organizing the different properties into related categories. You can even set a property value dynamically based on information retrieved from a database, using the lightning bolt button (circled). (Of course, you must first learn how to build ....Part VI


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