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Introduction

Introduction

"Ooooooo, Dreamweaver. I believe you can get me through the night." Remember that song by Gary Wright? OK, some of you weren't born yet. The song brought up memories of seventh grade dances for me. I'm glad that Dreamweaver, the software, came along and replaced that vision in my head. Dreamweaver, the software, has helped me through a number of nights developing Web sites and Web applications!

What is Dreamweaver?

Dreamweaver is an award-winning HTML editor that is simple to use. Some people do not use the more powerful features of Dreamweaver because they don't know about them. You will not be one of those people with this book in your hand!

Dreamweaver is excellent at quickly creating forms, frames, tables, and other HTML objects. But Dreamweaver really shines when you need to make your Web page do something. Dreamweaver excels at Dynamic HTML (DHTML), the more recent Web functionality that enables timeline animation, absolute positioning of content, and the scripting to make it work. Don't know how to script? No problem! Dreamweaver includes behaviors, scripted functionality that you simply click to add to a certain object.

Who Should Use Dreamweaver?

Whether you are creating your very first Web page or have recently decided to try Web editing software after coding by hand for years, you are going to love Macromedia Dreamweaver 3. Dreamweaver gives you the freedom to visually design the look of a Web page and the power to make it act the way you want. Dreamweaver gives you the flexibility to create your own personal Web page or an entire corporate intranet site.

You might have purchased Dreamweaver bundled with either Fireworks or CourseBuilder. There are tips throughout the book about integrating Dreamweaver with Fireworks, an image editor, and an appendix covering CourseBuilder, a tool to create learning interactions. Even if you purchased Dreamweaver by itself, you get an extra HTML editor, BBEdit for the Macintosh, or HomeSite for Windows.

Who Should Use This Book?

This book is for anyone now using Dreamweaver, as well as anyone who is planning to. If you are new to Web development, this book will get you up-to-speed creating Web pages and Web sites. If you are already a Web developer, you'll find tips, tricks, and instructions to get all you can out of Dreamweaver.

How to Use This Book

Each chapter of this book represents a lesson that should take you approximately an hour to learn. The book is designed to get you productively working in Dreamweaver as quickly as possible. There are numerous figures to illustrate the lessons in the book.

Each lesson begins with an overview and list of topics. The lesson ends with questions and answers, a quiz, and some exercises that you can try on your own. Within the lessons are elements that provide additional information:

Note

Notes give extra information on the current topic.


Tip

Tips offer advice or an additional way of accomplishing something.


Caution

Cautions signal you to be careful of potential problems, giving you information on how to avoid or fix them.


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