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The Inspector

Think of the Inspector as a spy, a super-sleuth who chooses to disguise herself according to what best suits the situation. This aspect of the Inspector—the fact that it’s an adaptive palette—makes it the ultimate all-purpose desktop tool. Yet this convenient feature can also be confusing. Its appearance shifts with each object you click on or each new tool you try, offering entirely new options at every turn. Until you become accustomed to her dynamic nature, you may find yourself wondering what happened to the palette you just saw. Don’t panic. Simply select the tool you wish to use or the object you’d like to adjust, and the Inspector will knowingly provide the appropriate options or prompt you for the necessary details.

Like a spy, the role of the Inspector, shown in Figure 2.4, is to obtain information: What’s the title of your page? Where does that image file reside? To which file are you establishing a link? The Inspector asks all the right questions to help you control all the individual elements on your page. Once you fill in the blanks or provide the specifics it needs, it passes that information to other parts of the program and creates the source code necessary to make your Web page operate as instructed.


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