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A Plus in Your Column

Websites being developed by teams have special challenges, such as being able to quickly see which pages are already done and which still need work. Dreamweaver’s Files panel has customizable columns that can help keep everyone on the team clued in. To add a custom column, start in the Files panel in Expanded mode. Windows users should then choose View > File View Columns, and Mac users should select Site > Site Files View > File View Columns from the main menu. After you have the File View Columns category of the Site Definitions dialog box on the screen, choose Add (+) to insert a custom column. Give your new column a name in the Column Name field and add a design note in the Associate with Design Note field. Change the alignment if you don’t want to use the default Left position and make sure that the Show option is selected. When you return to the Files panel, you’ll see that your new column is added for all files. To enter a column value for a file, click twice slowly in the column—a regular double-click opens the file. For a column showing the page’s completion status, I prefer to use decimal numbers rather than words; I find that .10, .50, and .75 are properly sorted and more accurately tell the status rather than “almost done” or “nearly finished.” So, with this system, how is a completed page labeled? Why, any developers worth their salt know that when it’s done, it’s 1.0.


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