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Chapter 8. Creating Interactivity with B... > Exploring Dreamweaver Behaviors

Exploring Dreamweaver Behaviors

Behavior is a Dreamweaver term that describes a combination of JavaScript triggered by a browser event. If you talk to HTML handcoders about behaviors, they won’t know what you mean! The JavaScript portion of a behavior is called an action, an appropriate name for an object that enables interaction in a learning application. The second part of a behavior is an event. Events are fired by the browser when something happens, such as the user clicking on a link or button in the Web page. Many people use the terms behavior and action interchangeably.

Dreamweaver behaviors are another component of DHTML, the collection of technologies enabling you to make Web pages more interactive. Adding interactivity to online learning applications helps engage the learner, keeping his attention and increasing the value of the learning activity. Instead of listing the steps that the learner must remember to complete a task, you create an interactive simulation of that task using Dreamweaver. You use behaviors to create interactivity in Dreamweaver.


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