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CSS

One of the biggest and most exciting feature enhancements to Dreamweaver 8 lies in its continuing support for cascading style sheets (CSS). As you'll see, Macromedia has made strides in its CSS integration, migrating CSS property modification into the CSS Styles panel, also known as Unified CSS. Furthermore, page designs structured using CSS have gotten easier. By introducing the concept of layout blocks, Macromedia has made visually interacting with DIV tags easier and more intuitive. Additionally, Macromedia improved on the way CSS is rendered within the Document window, allowing properties such as border-style, overflow, inline box support, pseudo-elements, Mac font sizes, positioning, and more to be viewable within the Document window. Lastly, Macromedia has added a Style Rendering toolbar (see Figure 1.1), which features the ability to turn on and off CSS rendering within the Document window, allowing a developer to see how a page looks with CSS support versus without it. The toolbar also allows you to customize the display of CSS for specific media types including desktop browsers, handheld devices, print, and more.

Figure 1.1. The new Style Rendering toolbar allows CSS to be turned on and off as well as customized for a specific media delivery mechanism.



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