Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction

book cover
Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction
By Marc Campbell
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: January 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-10163-5
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-610163-3
Pages: 312

Table of Contents  | Index

You're a beginner who wants to design a state-of-the-art family web site. You've just started a new job, and you need to learn Dreamweaver fast. Or maybe you're a professional who's been using another program but is now switching to Macromedia's leading web design tool. Learning Dreamweaver 8 gets you up to speed, quickly and efficiently.

Straightforwardly practical, with speed as the by-word, this hands-on guide focuses on the best practices for constructing both interactive and static web sites. While explaining core concepts clearly and thoroughly, so that beginners have a solid conceptural and technical foundation, it cuts through the clutter that might slow down a beginner tackling a subject as vast as web design and a tool as robust as Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction emphasizes learning by doing, with short, task-oriented chapters that demonstrate theory by presenting design solutions and explaining the principles that make them work. Plenty of screen shots, illustrations, and sample layouts accompany rapid prototyping techniques for site production.

Marc Campbell has been building web sites since 1997-for everything from comic book fan communities to state government portals and e-commerce applications. A Macromedia Certified Dreamweaver Developer and beta tester, he has taught web design to students at all levels and has written eight books on the subject.

Sidebars in Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction allow readers to decide how deeply they want to delve into the subject. "Best Bets" offer bottom-line recommendations for those who want to skip the general discussion, while "Behind the Scenes" sidebars provide more in-depth looks at particular topics for those who want more detail. Absolute beginner or faux debutante, you'll learn proven procedures for quickly building Dreamweaver sites.

book cover
Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction
By Marc Campbell
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: January 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-10163-5
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-610163-3
Pages: 312

Table of Contents  | Index

      Web Design…as Architecture?
      About This Book
      Who This Book Is For
      How This Book Is Organized
      Conventions Used in This Book
      We'd Like to Hear from You
      Safari Enabled
    Part I:  Planning Your Site
          Chapter 1.  Stocking Your Technological Toolbox
      Section 1.1.  Choosing Software
      Section 1.2.  Comparing Static and Dynamic Sites
          Chapter 2.  Staking Your Claim
      Section 2.1.  Choosing a Web Host
      Section 2.2.  Deciphering Your Hosting-Plan Options
      Section 2.3.  What's in a Name?
      Section 2.4.  What Happens Next?
          Chapter 3.  Organizing the Content
      Section 3.1.  Defining the Scope
      Section 3.2.  Consulting the Cards
      Section 3.3.  Compiling the Outline
          Chapter 4.  Sketching the Interface
      Section 4.1.  What Makes a Good Design?
      Section 4.2.  Organizing the Layout
      Section 4.3.  Designing the Navigation
      Section 4.4.  Taking Measurements
      Section 4.5.  Choosing a Layout Strategy
          Chapter 5.  Preparing Images for the Web
      Section 5.1.  Comparing Image File Types
      Section 5.2.  Optimizing Images for the Web
      Section 5.3.  Naming Images for the Web
      Section 5.4.  Creating a Tracing Image
          Chapter 6.  Thinking About Text
      Section 6.1.  Sorting Out Formats
      Section 6.2.  Looking at Appearance Attributes
      Section 6.3.  Designing Text Hyperlinks
          Chapter 7.  Setting Up Your Site
      Section 7.1.  Defining the Site
      Section 7.2.  Building the Structure
      Section 7.3.  Setting Up Preview Browsers
      Section 7.4.  Setting Up Accessibility Attributes Dialogs
    Part II:  Designing Your Site
          Chapter 8.  Opening a New Page
      Section 8.1.  Using the New Document Dialog Box
      Section 8.2.  A Document Window with a View
      Section 8.3.  Setting Page Properties
      Section 8.4.  Previewing the Page in the Browser
          Chapter 9.  Designing with Tables
      Section 9.1.  Design View à la Mode
      Section 9.2.  Creating the Layout
      Section 9.3.  Centering a Fixed-Width Layout
      Section 9.4.  Creating a Liquid Layout
          Chapter 10.  Designing with Layers
      Section 10.1.  Creating the Layout
      Section 10.2.  Labeling the Layers
      Section 10.3.  Converting a Fixed-Width Layout into a Liquid Layout
          Chapter 11.  Creating Templates
      Section 11.1.  Getting Ready
      Section 11.2.  Saving Your Page as a Template
      Section 11.3.  Defining Editable Regions
      Section 11.4.  Applying the Template to an Existing Page
      Section 11.5.  Creating New Pages from the Template
          Chapter 12.  Building a Stylesheet
      Section 12.1.  Exporting Embedded Styles
      Section 12.2.  Defining Style Rules for Specific Elements
      Section 12.3.  Defining General-Purpose Style Rules
      Section 12.4.  Editing a Style Rule
    Part III:  Building Your Site
          Chapter 13.  Adding a Navigation Bar
      Section 13.1.  Creating the Buttons
      Section 13.2.  Building a Two-State Nav Bar
      Section 13.3.  Building a Four-State Nav Bar
      Section 13.4.  Adding a Background Color to the Nav Area
      Section 13.5.  Placing Custom Messages in the Status Bar
          Chapter 14.  Adding Text
      Section 14.1.  Placing Text on the Page
      Section 14.2.  Setting or Changing the Format
      Section 14.3.  Applying Typographic Styles
      Section 14.4.  Adding Lists
      Section 14.5.  Aligning and Justifying Text
      Section 14.6.  Adjusting Paragraph Spacing
      Section 14.7.  Using Horizontal Rules
          Chapter 15.  Adding Images
      Section 15.1.  Placing Images on the Page
      Section 15.2.  Positioning Images in Relation to Other Content
      Section 15.3.  Resizing Images
          Chapter 16.  Adding Flash Content
      Section 16.1.  Placing Flash Movies on the Page
      Section 16.2.  Creating Flash Buttons
      Section 16.3.  Creating Flash Text
      Section 16.4.  Creating a Flash Slideshow
          Chapter 17.  Connecting Links
      Section 17.1.  Linking Internally
      Section 17.2.  Linking Externally
      Section 17.3.  Creating an Email Link
      Section 17.4.  Adding Style Rules for Links
      Section 17.5.  Making Clickable Images
      Section 17.6.  Setting the Tab Index for Links
          Chapter 18.  Building Forms
      Section 18.1.  Laying Out the Form
      Section 18.2.  Adding Form Elements
      Section 18.3.  Aligning the Layout
      Section 18.4.  Applying Style Rules to Form Elements
      Section 18.5.  Validating Form Input
      Section 18.6.  Submitting the Form
    Part IV:  Publishing Your Site
          Chapter 19.  Tuning, Testing, and Troubleshooting
      Section 19.1.  Remembering What Everyone Forgets
      Section 19.2.  Adding Meta Tags
      Section 19.3.  Running Reports
          Chapter 20.  Going Live
      Section 20.1.  Deciding What Goes
      Section 20.2.  Publishing Your Site
      Section 20.3.  Maintaining Your Site
      Section 20.4.  Dreamweaver 8 Redesign and Construction
      Section 20.5.  Where to Go, What to Do
    Part V:  Appendixes and Glossary
          Appendix A.  HTML Tags
          Appendix B.  CSS Style Definitions
          Appendix C.  JavaScript Event Handlers
   About the Author