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Preparing to Work

To prepare for this project, you will need to do the following:

1.
Install the Project 4 snippets extension Project 04 Snippets.mxp in the Projects\04\Extensions folder. See Appendix A, “Installing Extensions,” for instructions.

2.
If you’re using Dreamweaver MX (6.0 or 6.1), install the Project 4 Strip XML tag extension StripXMLtag.mxp in the Projects\04\Extensions folder. See Appendix A, “Installing Extensions,” for instructions. Please note that you should not install this extension if working with Dreamweaver MX 2004!

3.
Copy the contents of the accompanying CD-ROM folder Projects\04\Working_Files\ to a new folder named Project_04 on your hard drive.

4.
Start Dreamweaver MX 2004 and create a site definition that points to the Project_04 folder; name the site Project 04.

5.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 using the CD-ROM folder Projects\04\Finished\ and the local folder Project_04_F; name the site Project 04 Finished. You can use this as the reference web site for this project.

The main menu links of the site are root-relative. If you wish to preview the site on your local machine, you will need to set up a testing server such as IIS, ColdFusion Server, or Apache and configure your site definition appropriately. Previewing a single page will be fine as long as you don’t try to use the main navigational elements. The submenu elements work as expected from any previewed page without a testing server.

6.
Access the Dreamweaver preferences (Ctrl+U/Cmd+U) and select the Accessibility category. Make sure there is a check in all check boxes. In the Code Rewriting category, make sure there are checks for the top six items and the top radio button is selected. In the Invisible Elements category, ensure there is a check in everything except CSS display:none. In the Validator category, select XHTML 1.0 Strict and uncheck everything else. Leave the Options at their defaults. Click OK to save the changes and close the Preferences dialog.

7.
If you have Contribute 1.0 or 2.0 installed, read and follow the instructions found in the file Projects\04\Extensions\CT_readme.txt. Otherwise, skip this step and continue the project as if you were developing for a Contribute user. Be sure to send the CT_Readme.txt and CT_Commands.zip to your Contribute users or this technique will all be for nothing!

8.
Open ParameterList.pdf, found in Projects\04\Extensions\, which contains a breakdown of the finished template’s parameters. This document will be useful to you and your clients when you are creating or modifying documents built from the completed template.

Note

Unfortunately, due to a bug in the CSS-P engine, the Template Repeating Region Mini-User Interface (MUI) doesn’t function without performing the instructions from step 6.


Browser Compatibility

Employment of this technique is not browser-dependent; however, the design does work well with

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX (6.1)

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 (7.0)

  • Macromedia Contribute 1.0

  • Macromedia Contribute 2.0

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 (Windows)

  • Mozilla 1.4 (Windows)

  • Mozilla Firebird 0.6 (Windows)

  • Netscape 6.21, 7.1 (Windows)

  • Opera 7.02, 7.11 (Windows)


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