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Defining browsers to test a web page


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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

Video: Defining browsers to test a web page

As you start adding styles to your web page and website it's important to test in a number of browsers and use both platforms, both Macintosh and Windows. So let's go into our Preferences inside of Dreamweaver and set up our browsers for testing. On the Windows machine you would go up to Edit > Preferences. On Macintosh you come up to Dreamweaver and select Preferences or Command+U. In the category go down to Preview in Browser and select that. Right now I can see that we have two browsers selected that we can use for preview purposes, Firefox and Opera. But I'd like to add Safari. So how do I do that? I click on the plus box up here at the top and I'm going to write Safari, give it a meaningful name. I'm going to browse out to my -- if you were doing this in Windows, that would be your Program files folder.
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  1. 6m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Objective of this course
      3m 38s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 11s
  2. 28m 26s
    1. Starting Dreamweaver for the first time
      3m 38s
    2. Defining a website
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding the Dreamweaver interface
      9m 43s
    4. Setting up a custom workspace
      4m 10s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      6m 52s
  3. 56m 54s
    1. Laying out a page in a text document
      3m 40s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      3m 27s
    3. Inserting an image
      8m 22s
    4. Marking up text using the Property Inspector
      6m 48s
    5. Marking up text by hand
      9m 21s
    6. Inserting, formatting, and selecting a table
      8m 16s
    7. Creating links
      12m 26s
    8. Styling a footer
      4m 34s
  4. 22m 15s
    1. Using Modify Page Properties to create embedded styles
      12m 22s
    2. Creating links with CSS
      4m 55s
    3. Working with Code, Split, and Design views
      4m 58s
  5. 8m 52s
    1. Defining browsers to test a web page
      2m 24s
    2. Previewing a web page in a browser
      6m 28s
  6. 16m 44s
    1. Using a span tag to add a class and customize appearance
      10m 34s
    2. Using the Tag Inspector to create and edit additional styles
      6m 10s
  7. 48m 42s
    1. Exporting existing styles into an external style sheet
      7m 0s
    2. Using the CSS Styles panel to add a new style
      5m 43s
    3. Using the div tag to create a content container
      11m 8s
    4. Overriding the default browser styles
      2m 46s
    5. Applying padding and margins
      4m 57s
    6. Styling header tags
      5m 34s
    7. Creating and styling compound tags
      5m 12s
    8. Editing preexisting rules
      6m 22s
  8. 19m 36s
    1. Improving the Footer
      5m 12s
    2. Commenting a CSS style sheet
      7m 0s
    3. Creating a custom color palette
      7m 24s
  9. 3m 6s
    1. Style sheet final review
      3m 6s

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A web site is just a web site unless it’s designed with a unique style. Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training highlights the importance of a CSS style guide, which serves as an interface for the design team and a communication tool for the client. Laurie Burruss calls on her background as director of digital media at Pasadena City College and takes an informative, real–world approach to this topic. She shows how Dreamweaver CS4 can be used to develop a coherent site–wide emotion that boosts brand identity. The course culminates with building a working web style guide for professional use. Exercise files and a downloadable PDF quiz accompany the course.

Download the exercise files from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Planning a site from a blank file
  • Creating and editing a style guide with just HTML
  • Using the Property Inspector for text markup
  • Inserting images, tables, and footers for a custom look
  • Creating and editing an external CSS style sheet
  • Building a custom color palette for a site
  • Testing web pages in various browsers
  • Styling tips for professional sites
Subject:
Web
Software:
CSS
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Defining browsers to test a web page

As you start adding styles to your web page and website it's important to test in a number of browsers and use both platforms, both Macintosh and Windows. So let's go into our Preferences inside of Dreamweaver and set up our browsers for testing. On the Windows machine you would go up to Edit > Preferences. On Macintosh you come up to Dreamweaver and select Preferences or Command+U. In the category go down to Preview in Browser and select that. Right now I can see that we have two browsers selected that we can use for preview purposes, Firefox and Opera. But I'd like to add Safari. So how do I do that? I click on the plus box up here at the top and I'm going to write Safari, give it a meaningful name. I'm going to browse out to my -- if you were doing this in Windows, that would be your Program files folder.

I am going to scroll down to the S's. This is in alphabetical order. There's Safari, select Safari and then click Open. On the Windows, I would suggest that you go out and get Internet Explorer, a very important browser to test for. I'd like this to be my secondary browser so I'll check the box Secondary browser and then click OK. For development I like Firefox to be my primary browser. So I'm going to select Firefox to make sure, in fact it is. The box is checked saying it is the primary browser and so now I have my Preferences for browser set up the way I like.

At home I have four or five sometimes seven different browsers inside of this box. It's important to test on a wide variety of browsers and a wide variety of versions. It's also important to test on both platforms Macintosh and Windows. If you are in the web design development profession you will be using both platforms. Let's click OK and leave the Preferences dialog box. So now let's go up to our Preview in Browser button and see if we have got Safari listed as one of our browsers. There we do. Notice that the primary browser has a Command key next to it. And the secondary browser also has a Command key next to it. Get in the habit of using those I use them all the time.

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