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Using Site Reports

In Chapter 4, “Dreamweaver MX 2004 Essentials,” you look at HTML a bit and learn how you can clean up different types of HTML. With the Site Reports option, you get a chance to double-check your work, and you also have the opportunity to see design notes and checked out files. Refer to Figure 3.23 to see all the options for what you can run Reports on. Refer to Table 3.1 to see what the different options mean and how they can help you.

Table 3.1. Site Report Options and Definitions
Checked Out ByWhen Checked Out By is selected, the Report Settings button in the bottom-left corner of the dialog box is active. Click the button to search for an individual who may have files checked out. It's important to know that it is case sensitive; however, you do not need to type in someone's entire name. For example, if you were looking for Kathryn Olah, you could simply type in Kathryn, Kath, or Olah.
Design NotesWith this option selected, it too will activate the Report settings button in the bottom-left corner of the dialog box. Click it to bring up a new dialog box where you can enter the design note to search for and how to search for it. When searching for a design note, you must enter in a condition for the search to meet.
Combinable Nested FONT TagsThis searches for unnecessary use of multiple FONT tags. If for some reason there is more than one FONT tag around a particular area of text, most likely it's because each FONT tag has a different attribute. For example, the following FONT tags could be combined: <font size="3"><font face="Arial"> could read <font face="Arial" size="3">.
Missing Alt TextThis option searches all the alt tags within your document to find any with missing alt tags. An alt tag is beneficial when end users are using text-only browsers. The user will get information about the image that they are not seeing by whatever is typed within the alt tag. This will also keep you in compliance with the accessibility standards set for people with disabilities.
Redundant Nested TagsThis option checks to see if tags are nested inside themselves and removes them as necessary. The following code is an example: <i>Visit Train Simple's Web site <i>today!</i></i>.
Removable Empty TagsIf tags within your HTML document do not contain anything, you can build a report based on this option to remove them. An example of an empty tag looks like this: <form></form>.
Untitled DocumentsThis option is very handy. You'd hate to publish a Web page with the title set to “Untitled Document.” If you build a report based on this option, it will return any duplicate titled document, as well as nontitled ones, and documents titled as the Dreamweaver default of Untitled Document.



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