Visual QuickStart Guide

Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 for Windows and Macintosh

Tom Negrino and Dori Smith

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Published by Peachpit Press, in association with Macromedia Press

Peachpit Press is a division of Pearson Education

Copyright 2006 by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith

Editor: Nancy Davis

Production editor: Lisa Brazieal

Proofreader: Liz Welch

Compositor: Kelli Kamel

Indexer: Julie Bess

Cover design: Peachpit Press

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To our son, Sean Smith, with love from Mom and Dad.

Special Thanks to:

Virginia DeBolt, who stepped in and contributed several chapters when we needed it most. Her work was terrific , and we are grateful for her help. Thanks also to Virginia for the use of her photographs in Chapters 5 and 6.

Our wonderful editor, Nancy Davis, who pulled this book together, made it better, and encouraged us when we were flagging.

Thanks to Lisa Brazieal, as always, for her excellent production work.

Thanks to the book's compositor, Kelli Kamel, and thanks to Julie Bess for the index.

Thanks to Peachpit's Angela Kozlowski for being our liaison with Macromedia.

Thanks to Peachpit's Nancy Ruenzel and Marjorie Baer for their support.

Our appreciation to Al Sparber, of Project Seven ( for providing and allowing us to use his company's Dreamweaver extensions.

Dori would like to thank the Wise-Women's Web community (www. wise-women .org) for their help and support, for contributing their years of Dreamweaver expertise, and for being the best darn Web- related mailing list around.

We would like to thank the Dreamweaver Task Force of the Web Standards Project ( for their work with Macromedia to improve Dreamweaver.

Of course, our gratitude to the members of the Dreamweaver team for creating a terrific product.

In Tom's office, the soundtrack for this book included music by Lene Marlin, Joydrop, Maria Mena, Bowling for Soup, Natalie Imbruglia, and lots more bouncy pop music.