Other Additions and Enhancements
Just when you thought that Dreamweaver 8 was chock full of new feature enhancements, it gets better. The following points round out the list of Dreamweaver 8 additions and enhancements:
WCAG Priority 2 Accessibility Support
Inline with Macromedia's
Figure 1.24. WCAG priority 2 is now checked in Dreamweaver 8.
Saved Panel Sets
Similar to the way Macromedia Fireworks and Flash function, Dreamweaver 8 now allows you to save panel layouts. If you're used to working with certain panels
Of course, the Workspace Layout submenu also exposes the Manage option for managing various customized panel layouts you create, as well as Coder, Designer, Dual Screen Left, and Dual Screen Right for working in Macromedia's pre-specified panel layout modes.
Document Types Selection Menu
It's hard to ignore that, with each release of Dreamweaver, Macromedia has attempted to include as many features as possible to facilitate standardscompliant web development. Since XHTML is quickly becoming the
standard for web pages, Macromedia has traditionally included a check box in the New Document dialog that forces a new document to coincide with this standard. In previous versions of Dreamweaver, when this check box was selected and a new document created, the XHTML Transitional DTD would be included at the top of the page and would be referenced when the page was
To rectify this, Macromedia has
Figure 1.25. The new Document Type selection menu allows a developer to choose from many different DTD types.
Of course, the options listed in Figure 1.25 are representative of HTML pages only. Depending on the page you create, the menu exposes DTDs that coincide with the particular page.
Dreamweaver 8 represents a giant leap forward for Macromedia and for web-development tools in general. With enhancements made in the areas of CSS, design, coding, site/file management, application development, and more, it's easy to see why Dreamweaver is the industry-leading web-development tool on the market. In the coming chapters, we'll put traditional features as well as new features into practice, methodically dissecting Dreamweaver 8's functionality so that you can use it to create your own stunning web pages.