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xxi Introduction Eight years ago when I used Dreamweaver 1.0 for the first time, I was amazed at how far ahead of its time it was. The ability to create JavaScript Behaviors, layers/DIVs, styles, and pin-point accurate designs truly amazed me. I was a skeptic when it came to WYSIWYG editors and preferred Notepad whenever possible. Dreamweaver changed that in me, and made me look at web development in a whole new light. Dreamweaver has become the industry's leading web development environment, far surpassing any other. Still, many consider Dreamweaver a simple visual editor that accomplishes little but aide in the development of static web pages. The mindset is that visual editors lack the true complexity that it takes to create rich and powerful web applications that encompass client-side technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while leveraging server-side technologies like ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion. Dreamweaver obliterates the stigma by captivating the developer in a vast, intuitive, and feature-rich environment. If you've picked up this book, chances are you're interested in the world of web design and devel- opment and, more specifically, how Dreamweaver 8 can help you succeed in these endeavors. Whether you're a seasoned developer, a print designer looking to expand your base of knowledge to the web, or a home user who simply aims at creating a family website, Dreamweaver offers the features and flexibility to get you on your way quickly and effortlessly. This book aims at introducing you to the many features available through Dreamweaver. What's Inside, Part by Part Part I, "Getting Up to Speed with Dreamweaver 8":Starting off gently, this part introduces you to Dreamweaver 8. Moving from Chapter 1, "Introducing Dreamweaver," to Chapter 5, "Defining Pref- erences," you'll learn about the many panels, inspectors, windows, and more that Dreamweaver exposes. You'll also learn about defining and managing a site, building a simple web page, and finally, defining Dreamweaver preferences for customizing how you work with Dreamweaver. Part II, "Static Web Page Development":Generally considered the heart of the book, this part covers topics relating to static web page development. You'll learn about web page structuring using tables, advanced page formatting using style sheets, how to work with frames and framesets, how to design forms with form elements, how to incorporate behaviors into your web pages, and finally how to design pin-point accurate web pages using DIVs. Part III, "Team Collaboration and Task Automation":While most consider Dreamweaver a great tool for building web pages, the truth is Dreamweaver exposes many tools for working with web pages within teams. In this part you'll learn about the many aspects included in Dreamweaver that facilitate the collaborative process such as file check in and check out, design notes, integration with Contribute, and more. You'll also learn about the many components built into Dreamweaver for enhancing the workflow process such as templates, library items, and more. Part IV, "Incorporating Multimedia and Animation":Developers and designers who are building media-rich sites should concentrate on this part. The chapters in this part of the book covers DHTML, Flash and Fireworks integration, as well as video and audio.