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Dreamweaver MX 2004 Complete Course

ISBN: 978-0-7645-4304-3
368 pages
February 2004
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Written by a Web design expert and illustrated throughout in full color, this Complete Course shows you how to master the full range of Dreamweaver tools and techniques while working on a single project. Sixteen sessions and more than 100 step-by-step tutorials, accompanied by vivid color images and screen shots, walk you through the creation of a fictional design firm's Web site from start to finish. After completing the course, you'll have an impressive portfolio piece, a site you can adapt for your own use, and a thorough understanding of Dreamweaver MX fundamentals.
  • Build navigation links and use them to open various content pages
  • Create spectacular navigational graphics using Fireworks and Dreamweaver as a team
  • Bring text, links, and images all together in a seamless, professional-looking site

CD-ROM Contents

  • Trial versions of Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Fireworks MX 2004
  • Demo versions of Mystical Lighting and Mystical Tint Tone and Color
  • Demo version of WebSpice Objects, loaded with buttons, labels, borders, and other art to spice up your site
  • Complete tutorial files with everything you need for the project
  • Iteration files for each session

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Table of Contents


Confidence Builder.

Part I: Course Setup.

Dreamweaver Basics.

Project Overview.

Part II: Getting Started.

Session 1: Laying the Foundation.

Session Introduction.

Laying the Foundation.

Setting Up and Viewing the Workspace.

Customizing the Workspace.

Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts.

Defining a Site.

Using the Files Panel.

Using the Assets Panel.

Using the Start Page.

Session Review.

Other Projects.

Session 2: Building the Site’s Framework.

Session Introduction.

Transitional Design.

About Browser Modes.


XHTML versus HTML.

Advantages of CSS.

The Home Page and Design Notes.

Opening and Saving a Document.

Choosing a Design View.

Setting Browser Preferences.

Setting Accessibility Preferences.

Setting Page Properties.

Adding Meta Tags.

Session Review.

Session 3: Working with Tables.

Session Introduction.

Learning Table Basics.

Selecting Table Elements.

Changing Colors in a Table.

Adding Custom Borders.

Using Fixed Tables to Build the Home Page.

Build the Interior Pages.

Adding the Navigation Table.

Adding the Content Table.

Exploring the Layout View.

Session Review.

Session 4: Working with Images.

Session Introduction.

Inserting the Masthead Images.

Inserting the Navigation Images.

Replacing Images.

Making a Rounded Table Using Images.

Using Background Images.

Session Review.

Session 5: Adding Text.

Session Introduction.

Adding Text.

Importing Text.

Adding Structural Formatting.

Wrapping Text around an Image.

Making a List.

Adding Flash Text.

Session Review.

Session 6: Adding Navigational Links.

Session Introduction.

Adding Links.

Adding Rollovers.

Making an Image Map.

Adding a Flash Button.

Session Review.

Part III: Automating the Design Process.

Session 7 Using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Session Introduction.

Removing Embedded Styles.

Attaching a Style Sheet.

Editing the BODY Tag.

Grouping Selector Tags.

Applying Custom Classes.

Using Pseudo-Class Selectors.

Assigning a Class Name to the Footer Area.

Using a Contextual Selector to Add a Style.

Adding Space Using CSS.

Session Review.

Session 8: Using Templates and Libraries.

Session Introduction.

Using an Existing Document as a Template.

Applying a Template.

Editing a Template.

Detaching a Template.

Making a Library Item.

Inserting Library Items.

Editing Library Items.

Session Review.

Session 9: Adding Forms and Behaviors.

Session Introduction.

Building a Basic Form.

Adding Submit and Clear Buttons.

Inserting Radio Buttons.

Inserting Check Boxes.

Inserting a Text Area and a List.

Using Jump Menus.

Session Review.


Part IV: Publishing the Site.

Session 10: Editing Images with or without an Image Editor.

Session Introduction.

Cropping Images in Dreamweaver.

Resampling an Image.

Adding Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpening in Dreamweaver.

Using External Image Editors.

Optimizing Images in Fireworks.

Editing a Source Image in Fireworks from Dreamweaver.

Session Review.

Session 11: Performing Site Checks.

Session Introduction 219

Running a Site Report for Links.

Checking Site Reports.

Using Find and Replace.

Doing Browser Checks.

Session Review.

Session 12: Getting Your Web Site Online.

Session Introduction.

Finding a Host.

Setting FTP Preferences.

FTPing Files to Your Host.

Synchronizing the Local and Root Folders.

Session Review.

Part V: Working with a Data Source.

Session 13: Setting Up a Database Connection.

Session Introduction.

Installing a Personal Web Server (Windows 98).

Installing IIS.

Defining a Dynamic Web Site.

Setting Up a DSN Name.

Setting Up a Local DSN Connection.

Setting Up a Remote DSN Connection.

Setting Up a Connection String (DSN-less).

Using the MapPath Method.

Session Review.

Session 14: Building a Web Application.

Session Introduction.

Adding a Recordset.

Using Repeating Regions.

Using Insert Record on Forms.

Validating Your Forms.

Building Update Pages.

Inserting a Recordset Navigation Bar.

Building Delete Pages.

Making Master Detail Pages.

Session Review.

Part VI: Extra Features.

Session 15: Making a Pop-Up Menu.

Session Introduction.

Adding the Show Pop-Up Menu Behavior.

Setting the Menu’s Appearance.

Setting the Advanced Settings.

Setting the Menu’s Position.

Adding the Rest of the Menus.

Making a New Template Page.

Session Review.

Other Projects.

Session 16: Building a Frame-Based Site.

Session Introduction.

Building the Frameset.

Naming the Frames.

Adding a Nested Frame and Saving the Frameset.

Adding Content to the Frames.

Linking the Navigation.

Adding Multiple Links.

Coding for Search Engines.

Adding a Specialized Jump Menu.

Session Review.

Other Projects.

Appendix A: What’s on the CD-ROM.

Appendix B: Resources.


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Author Information

Joyce J. Evans has more than a decade of experience as a Web designer and trainer. She founded, designed, and maintains the Idea Design Web site, www.je-ideadesign.com, an online Web design studio. The author of Dreamweaver® MX Complete Course and Macromedia® Studio MX Bible, she has also developed numerous tutorials.
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The Wiley Advantage

This book provides creative design professionals and students with a complete,
                                 authoritative, curriculum-based course that quickly and easily gets them up to
                                 speed on Macromedia Dreamweaver, the number one tool for Web page
                                 creation. In eighteen timed sessions, readers learn Dreamweaver as they create
                                 a cutting-edge professional Web site from start to finish.
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“…shows how to master the full range of Dreamweaver tools and techniques…” (Mac World, May 2004)
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