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Appendix C. Glossary

.aiff file

An audio format popular on the Mac. The files created in this format are usually too large to be delivered over the Internet.

.avi file

A sound and movie format requiring a special player. The files created in this format are usually too large to be delivered over the Internet.

.htm or .html file

An HTML file viewable in a Web browser.

.https file

A file accessed over the Secure Socket Layer (SSL), a secure Web protocol that encrypts sensitive information.

.mov file

A sound and movie format requiring a player capable of playing QuickTime files.

.mp3 file

An audio format that can create high-quality files that are small. A popular audio format on the Internet.

.shtml file

A file containing a server-side include.

.swf file

A Flash file viewable in the Flash player. An .swf file cannot be edited in Flash.

Active Server Pages(ASP)

Web pages that include scripts processed by the server before the pages are sent to the Web browser. This technology is primarily used with Microsoft Web servers.


A type of player used in Internet Explorer browsers to display nonstandard Web content.

alternate text (alt text)

An attribute of an image containing a text description of the graphic useful for viewers with text-only browsers and visually impaired viewers using text-readers.


The process of blending the edges of text with its background so that the letters look smoother.

API (Application Programming Interface)

A prescribed method of interacting with the Dreamweaver interface. You can use the APIdefinition to create extensions to the Dreamweaver interface, such as new objects, behaviors, or commands.


A small application programmed in Java that makes it possible to accomplish simple tasks or display an animation in a Web page.

Applet object

Places Java applet at the insertion point.


The next generation of ASP available from Microsoft. It creates dynamic Web pages scripted in either Visual Basic or C#.


A variety of files stored in a Web site, such as images, movies, and scripts.

Assets panel

A panel displaying all of the images, URLs, colors, movies, scripts, templates, and library items in a site.


A property or characteristic of an object or an HTML tag.

Authorware Web Player

A player enabling a viewer to play Macromedia Authorware files in a Web browser. Authorware is used to create training applications.


Makes a timeline play automatically when the Web page loads in the browser.


A setting in Dreamweaver's Layout view making a table column stretch to fit the Web browser window.

background image

An attribute of the <body> tag specifying an image, usually repeated, to appear as the background in a Web page.


The amount of data transmitted or received.


A combination of JavaScript code added to a Web page and an event, such as a mouse click, that triggers an action.


The document body of a Web page containing all of the visible content such as images and text. The HTML tags for the body are <body></body>.


An Internet connection enabling a large amount of data to be transferred. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable TV are broadband services.

browser cache

The directory on a user's hard drive where Web pages and related files are stored to be viewed by the Web browser.

bulleted list (unordered list)

A list of items preceded by bullet symbols. The HTML tag for an unordered list is <ul></ul>.

button down state

An image of a button that is in the down position when clicked by the user.

Button object

Inserts a submit, reset, or generic button.

button over state

An image of a button that appears when the cursor is rolled over the button.

button up state

An image of a button that is in the up position.


A new object-oriented programming language from Microsoft designed to work with Microsoft's .NET platform (ASP.NET).

cable modem

A technology for a high-bandwidth Internet connection over a cable TV line.

cascading style sheets(CSS)

A list of style definitions that determine how a given element will appear in the Web browser.


A single field in a table.

cell padding

The space between the cell content and the cell border.

cell spacing

The space between adjoining table cells.

Center align

Centers the selected text in the middle of the Web page.

CGI (Common Gateway Interface) script

A standard way to pass a user's request to a Web server to receive back data or process the data (send it to an e-mail address, for instance).


The directory where CGI scripts are kept on the server.

check box

A square box that can be checked on or off.

client-side image map

An image map for which all the code is located within the Web page, requiring no interaction with a server for the hyperlinks to work. This is the type of image map that Dreamweaver creates.

Code and Design view

A view splitting the Document window between the Code view and the Design view.

Code view

A view in the Document window displaying the code of the Web page.

ColdFusion Markup Language(CFML)

A language interpreted by a Macromedia ColdFusion server before Web pages are sent to the Web browser. This technology is used on a variety of Web servers.

Collapse button

The button within the bar separating the Document window and the panel groups that collapses all of the panel groups, expanding the Document window.

color cubes palette

The default Web-safe palette arranged numerically.


A single vertical group in a table.

Comment object

Inserts a comment at the insertion point.

Context menu

A menu containing commands applicable to the object selected when the menu was launched.

continuous tone palette

A Web-safe palette arranged by color tone.


A free extension to Dreamweaver that creates interactions suitable for eLearning applications. Categories include multiple choice, drag and drop, text entry, and explore questions along with button, slider, and timer controls.

Date object

Inserts the current date at the insertion point.

Design view

A view in the Document window displaying the Web page similarly to how it is displayed in a Web browser.

digital subscriber line(DSL)

A technology for connecting to a high-bandwidth Internet connection over a telephone line.

Document window

Displays the current Web page enabling you to build and edit it.

Draw Layout Cell object

Draws a table cell while in Layout view.

Draw Layout Table object

Draws a table while in Layout view.


DHTML refers to a collection of technologies used together to produce interactive Web pages. The three main components of DHTML are layers, Cascading Style Sheets, and JavaScript.

E-mail Link object

Adds a hyperlink that launches an empty e-mail message to a specific e-mail address when clicked.

Expander arrow

The arrow in the upper left corner of a panel group that expands and collapses the panel group.


New features that can be installed into Dreamweaver using the Extension Manager application.


Groups related form fields together to make the form accessible to nonvisual browsers.

File field

A form field that enables the user to upload a file.

File Transfer Protocol(FTP)

An Internet protocol used to exchange files among computers over the Internet.


Programs located on a network server that protect users on a private network from users on other networks.

Fireworks HTML object

Places at the insertion point HTML that has been exported from Macromedia Fireworks.

Fireworks MX

An image editing program from Macromedia that excels at creating, slicing, and optimizing Web graphics.


Macromedia Flash creates vector-based animations that can be embedded into Web pages and viewed in a browser with the Flash player.

Flash Button

Places one of the available prefabricated Macromedia Flash buttons at the insertion point.

Flash object

Places a Macromedia Flash movie at the insertion point.

Flash Text

Places editable Flash Text at the insertion point and creates a Flash file with the extension .swf.


A set of text characters in a specific style and size.

Font Tag Editor

Opens the Font Tag Editor to set up the attributes of a font tag.


A group of objects enabling the collection of information from Web site visitors.


Multiple, separately controlled Web pages contained in a single Web browser window.


The Web page that defines the size of and source Web page for each of the individual frames it contains.


A standard Web graphic format good for line art containing large blocks of the same color. This format also enables image animation and transparency.

Grayscale palette

A palette consisting of 256 tones of gray (not a Web-safe palette).


A dotted area in the upper left corner of a panel group that enables you to drag the panel group in and out of its docked position.

H space

The horizontal space above and below an image measured in pixels.


An element of a Web page that's not visible in the browser but that contains information and code (JavaScript, styles, meta tags, and so on).


The top row or leftmost column containing the content.


A base-16 numbering system used to describe RGB values of colors. The hexadecimal numbers contain 0–9 and A–F.

hidden field

A field that is not visible to the user that contains information to be submitted with the other form elements.

Horizontal Rule object

Places a horizontal rule (line across the page) at the insertion point.


A region on an image map having specific coordinates and containing a hyperlink.

Hyperlink object

Inserts a hyperlink, including the text and the link location.

Hypertext Markup Language(HTML)

The language, consisting of paired and individual markup tags, used to create Web pages.


A file containing graphical information that is loaded into a Web page by the Web browser. The HTML tag for an image is the single <img> tag.

Image field

A form object that enables an image to act as a submit button in a form.

Image Map

An image with regions defined as hyperlinks. These regions can be circular, rectangular, or polygonal.

Image object

Places an image at the insertion point.

Image Placeholder object

Inserts a placeholder for an image.

Insert bar

Contains buttons to insert objects into a Web page. The Insert bar contains all of the same objects as the Insert menu.

insertion point

A blinking cursor marking the location where new content will be inserted into a Web page.

invisible elements

Visible representations in Dreamweaver of objects that are not visible in Web pages, such as forms and named anchors.


A programming language developed by Sun Microsystems that can be used to program applications.


An interpreted scripting language originally developed by Netscape and used to add scripted functionality to Web pages. Dreamweaver inserts JavaScript automatically by using behaviors. JavaScript is not related to the Java programming language.

JavaServer Pages(JSP)

Web pages that include scripts processed by servlets—Java programs on the server—before the pages are sent to the Web browser. This technology is used on a variety of Web servers.


A standard Web graphic format good for photographs and images containing color gradients.

Jump menu

A drop-down menu within a form that enables viewers to navigate to multiple hyperlinks on the Web.

Justify align

Distributes the selected text across the Web page from margin to margin.


Special frames within a timeline, displayed as circles, where object properties can be changed. For instance, when moving a layer around the Web page, a keyframe is necessary to change the direction of the object in the timeline. There are always keyframes at the beginning and the end of a timeline animation.


A meta tag attribute containing keywords used by search engines to index the content on the page.


Assigns a label to a form element.

Layer object

Turns your cursor into a marquee tool to draw a layer onto the Document window.


Containers that have positioning, visibility, and z-index (stacking order) attributes. Layers are one of the elements of DHTML and are used in Dreamweaver timelines (animations). Most layers are created using the HTML tag <div></div>.

Layout view

A view in Dreamweaver that enables you to draw cells and tables.

Layout view button

Displays tables with selectable cells, with tables outlined in green and cells outlined in blue.

Left align

Aligns the selected text with the left margin of the Web page.


A way to store Web page objects, such as tables, images, or blocks of formatted text, to reuse throughout a Web site.

Line numbers

A setting available in the View Options menu (Toolbar) or the Code View Options submenu of the View menu when in Code view. This setting turns on line numbers in front of the lines of code in Code view.

List/Menu object

Inserts a list or a drop-down menu into a form.

Live Data view

A view used in a dynamic Web site that displays live data from a database in the Document window.

Local Area Network (LAN)

A group of computers that share a common communications line and usually a common server.

local site

The Web site files located on the development computer.


To repeat an audio or movie file.

Mac OS palette

A palette consisting of the 256 colors in the Macintosh OS palette (not a Web-safe palette).

meta tag

An HTML tag that encodes information about a Web page that is used to index the page in Internet search engines.


A compact sound format to record and play back music on digital synthesizers.


A combination of multiple media, such as images, text, sounds, and video.

Named Anchor object

Places a named anchor at the insertion point. Named anchors are used to create hyperlinks within the same file.

Navigation Bar object

Inserts a set of button images to be used for navigating throughout the Web site.

nested list

A list contained within another list.

nested table

A table within another table.

Noframes content

HTML that is displayed when the viewer does not have a frames-capable browser.


Inserts the noscript tag around HTML code that will be displayed by browsers that do not support scripts.

Numbered list (Ordered list)

A list of items preceded by numbers or letters. The HTML tag for an ordered list is <ol></ol>.


A set of colors available in Dreamweaver from the color picker.

Panel groups

Sets of related panels grouped together.

PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)

Web pages that include scripts processed by the server before the pages are sent to the Web browser. This technology is used on a variety of Web servers.


A third-party program used to display nonstandard content in a Web browser.

Plugin object

Places any file requiring a browser plug-in at the insertion point.


A type of player used in the Netscape browser to display nonstandard Web content.


A standard Web graphic format developed to replace the GIF format. Like the GIF format, the PNG format is good for line art containing large blocks of color and offers advanced transparency options.

Popup Message

A JavaScript alert message created by the Popup Message behavior in Dreamweaver.

Portable Document Format (PDF)

A file format to encode printed documents with fonts and even navigation elements. These files are created with Adobe Acrobat and require a player to view.

Property inspector

Enables you to set properties for the selected object. The Property inspector presents the properties of whatever object is currently selected.

Quick Tag Editor

An editor enabling you to edit the content of a single tag.

QuickTime Player

A player created by Apple to view QuickTime sounds and movies along with many other formats.

radio button

A circular button inserted as a group into a form.

radio group

Radio buttons that act as a mutually exclusive group, enabling only one button in the group to be selected at one time.


Multimedia content encoded with one of the methods available from RealNetworks and played with a RealPlayer application.

Remote Directory Services (RDS)

A method of exchanging files on a ColdFusion server with a remote site.

remote site

The Web site files located on a remote computer, usually a Web server or staging area where groups can share project files.

right align

Aligns the selected text with the right margin of the Web page.


An image effect where one image is swapped with another image when the cursor rolls over it.

Rollover Image object

Prompts you for two images. One is the regular image and the other is the image that appears when the user puts his or her cursor over the image.


A single horizontal group in a table.

screen resolution

The number of pixels displayed on the horizontal and vertical axes of a monitor screen. Common screen resolutions are 800 × 600 and 1024 × 768.


A block of coded instructions.

Server-side Image Map

An image map where the code is located on the server. The Web page makes contact with the server to resolve the hyperlink.

Server-side Include (SSI)

A variable that is inserted into a Web page and processed by a Web server.


Macromedia Director movies encoded to play in Web pages using the Shockwave player.

Shockwave object

Places a Shockwave movie (a Macromedia Director movie prepared for the Web) at the insertion point.

site definition

The description of the configuration, directory structure, and preferences for a particular Web site.

Site Definition Wizard

Guides you through naming and configuring a site definition in Dreamweaver. A site definition organizes the files contained in a Web site.

Site panel

The Dreamweaver panel used to plan, create, and manage the files and directories in your Web site.

Site window

An expanded view of the Site panel, dividing the window into two sides to display either the local and remote files or the site map.


Stored content that can easily be inserted into Web pages.

Standard view

The standard view in Dreamweaver where tables are displayed as grids and cannot be drawn.

Standard view button

Displays tables as grids of cells.

Status bar

The bar at the bottom of the Dreamweaver window containing the tag selector, window size drop-down menu, and document size.


A data structure made up of rows and cells used to organize information or a page layout.

Table object

Creates a table at the insertion point.

Tabular Data object

Creates a table at the insertion point that is populated with data from a chosen file.

Tag Chooser

Enables you to choose a tag to insert from a hierarchical menu of all available tags.


An HTML element descriptor that is either a single tag or paired tags surrounding content. HTML tags are contained in angle brackets (that is, <table></table>).

Tag selector

Located in the status bar, the tag selector presents the hierarchy of tags, enabling you to select a tag.


A special type of Web page used in Dreamweaver to create locked regions.

Text field

A single line field to collect text.


An animation created within Dreamweaver commonly consisting of content within a layer moving around the Web page.


The title of a Web page appearing in the title bar of the browser and saved as a favorite or bookmark. The HTML tags for title are <title></title>.

Title Bar

The bar at the top of the window containing the file name and other window controls.

Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

Address of a file accessible on the Internet.

V space

The vertical space to the left and the right of an image, measured in pixels.


An interpreted scripting language that is a subset of Microsoft's Visual Basic language. VBScript is commonly used when creating ASP.


An attribute of layers that enables the content of a layer to be either visible or hidden on the Web page.

Visual Basic (VB)

A programming environment from Microsoft used to create code written in BASIC.

Visual SourceSafe (VSS)

A version-control program from Microsoft used to share files in a group.


A standard version control system used to exchange files over the Internet.

Web-safe palette

A group of 216 colors that can be displayed in both major browsers (Internet Explorer and Netscape) on both Windows and the Macintosh running in 256-color mode (8-bit color).

Windows Media Player

A player created by Microsoft to view many different formats of audio and sound files.

Windows OS palette

A palette consisting of the 256 colors in the Windows palette (not a Web-safe palette).

Word wrap

Setting available in the View Options menu (Toolbar) or the Code View Options submenu of the View menu when in Code view. This setting wraps the lines of HTML code in Code view.


The Dreamweaver user interface. In Dreamweaver MX for Windows there are two workspace choices available: an integrated interface and a floating interface. The workspace on the Mac uses the floating interface.


Pronounced “wiz-ee-wig.” Stands for “what you see is what you get,” meaning that the graphical interface presents a Web page that is very close to what will appear in the Web browser.


An attribute of layers enabling the content of a layer to be stacked above objects with z-index attributes lower in value.



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