This chapter will familiarize you with Dreamweaver's Document window and some common elements you'll use within it. These topics will help orient those who are familiar with HTML or earlier versions of Dreamweaver, but may be new to Dreamweaver 4. Although you should plan your site before beginning serious production work, this chapter will help you perform quick edits on existing pages and get immediate hands-on experience. For those who prefer the "top-down" approach, refer to Part II, which covers site management.
Your use of Dreamweaver will rely heavily on the Dreamweaver user interface (UI) objects discussed in this chapter. Macromedia's documentation variously refers to Dreamweaver's UI components as panels , inspectors , editors , bars , windows , and palettes , and we follow those conventions when referring to them individually. For convenience, we use the term panels to refer to them collectively.
This chapter covers:
In later chapters, we'll cover the interface options that control such things as tables, layers , frames, forms, markers, rulers, gridlines, and tracing images. With these options, Dreamweaver stands above other visual development tools.