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Q1:Do I need to understand how to accomplish everything that Dreamweaver can do before I start working on a website?
A1: You really only need to understand the basics of Dreamweaver: how to work with text, images, hyperlinks, and the Dreamweaver interface. You'll also want to understand how to design a page layout for your web pages. Then you can learn some of the specialized functions that are necessary for the website you want to create. For instance, if you are creating an e-commerce website, you'll want to learn about forms (Hours 18 and 19). If you are interested in creating an interactive website, you'll want to understand Dreamweaver Behaviors (Hour 17).

The best way to learn is by doing, so don't be afraid to dig in and create web pages in Dreamweaver. You can always improve or edit the pages later.

Q2:I work with several programmers who say that Dreamweaver is a waste of money, that I should just learn HTML and create web pages by typing HTML tags into a text editor. Is that really a better way to create web pages?
A2: That might be the ideal way to create web pages for your programmer friends but it takes a long time to learn HTML and even longer to learn how to program and write the JavaScript that Dreamweaver Behaviors contain. I think that I can create robust and solid web pages in Dreamweaver much faster, with fewer errors, than anyone who hand codes. To each their own, of course, but I think that beginners and experts alike benefit from the built-in capabilities of Dreamweaver.


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