By now you should have a rough mental picture of your web site, its typical pages, and the navigation between the pages. The rest of this book will show you how to use Dreamweaver to refine and realize that vision.
The book is separated into five parts .
Part I: The Content Objects
Part I introduces all the core elements you'll use to create pages, insert objects, and navigate Dreamweaver's user interface.
- Chapter 1
Gives a quick orientation to Dreamweaver's Document window and major user interface (UI) panels including the Objects panel, Property inspector, and Launcher.
- Chapter 2
Explains the core objects you'll use throughout your development, including page options, meta tags, hyperlinks , images and image maps, text, lists, and hidden elements.
- Chapter 3
Covers tables and forms, including importing tabular data, form objects, and jump menus .
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
Covers working with external resources, such as those created in Flash, Shockwave, Fireworks, and Generator. It also covers server-side includes, ActiveX controls, plugins, and Java applets.
Part II: Managing Dreamweaver
Part II covers the broader issues of site management and document management using templates, libraries, and stylesheets.
- Chapter 6
Covers site management, including FTP access, Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) file tracking and manipulation systems, Design Notes, and File Check In/Check Out. The chapter also covers file synchronization, updating links, and checking for broken links and orphaned files.
- Chapter 7
Covers document management features, including cleaning up poor HTML code, using the Quick Tag Editor, performing browser checking, and automating tasks with the History panel.
- Chapter 8
Covers using templates to create multiple documents that share a uniform layout. The chapter also discusses important tips and traps to keep in mind when using templates.
- Chapter 9
Covers the benefits and traps of the Library feature, including details on updating items and sharing items with a development team.
- Chapter 10
Covers using Cascading Style Sheets to format documents, with special attention paid to their use in Dreamweaver.
- Chapter 11
Covers HTML styles to format commonly used elements ”such as headings, copyright notices, paragraph text, and other elements of your own creation ”that can be used to standardize style and reduce page creation time.
Part III: Behaviors and Interactive Elements
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
Covers built-in image- related behaviors, such as image rollovers, image preloading, and image swapping, that are useful for navigation bars and other effects. The chapter also covers how to create effects in Fireworks and import them into Dreamweaver.
- Chapter 14
Covers creating multidimensional HTML documents with layers. The chapter details built-in behaviors used to move, set, and change the properties associated with layers.
- Chapter 15
Discusses behaviors that manipulate the text content of objects in your document or in the browser's window.
- Chapter 16
Discusses strategies for using behaviors with links and covers miscellaneous built-in behaviors.
- Chapter 17
Covers the configuration of frames, keyframes, behaviors, and objects to animate page content over time using the Timelines panel.
Part IV : Configuring and Extending Dreamweaver
Part IV covers ways to configure, customize, and extend Dreamweaver to meet both your needs and your work style.
- Chapter 18
Covers all Dreamweaver preference settings.
- Chapter 19
Explains how to customize menus and keyboard shortcuts and how to add objects to your Objects panel.
- Chapter 20
Covers modifying the default document template and dialog boxes in the Dreamweaver interface.
- Chapter 21
Discusses Dreamweaver's support for and integration with the predominant server-side programming languages.
- Chapter 22
Covers extending Dreamweaver by using the Macromedia Dreamweaver Exchange. The chapter also covers some useful extensions.
- Chapter 23
Covers the CourseBuilder extension, including installation, configuration, and use of CourseBuilder interactions.
Part V : Appendixes
Part V includes reference information you'll need throughout site development.
- Appendix A
Lists keyboard shortcuts, sorted by function for easy reference.
- Appendix B
Lists the HTML character entities supported by the primary web browsers.
- Appendix C
Aggregates a list of information you'll need when developing a web site. Includes a Dreamweaver checklist to create a well-functioning site, plus tips on creating graphics and getting your site listed in search engines.