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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training

Setting up a custom workspace


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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

Video: Setting up a custom workspace

Let's go ahead and set up a custom workspace inside of Dreamweaver so that as we work on this project, we can come back to the same layout and the same document window and panel setup every single time. On the right side is the area where all of your panels will display. If you only have one panel open, there is really not too much that you can do. Notice there is no way to change the size of any of these panels that are on display. But the minute you open up a second panel, you get all kind of options available to you. So let's double click on CSS Styles because that's the one we want to have open for our final layout. Notice as I hover over the horizontal bars, a double-headed arrow appears. If I click and drag, I can then open this Files panel to any size that I want and even inside the panel, I can change and define different areas. If I click on a tab in a panel and drag it out to the document window area, I can float the panel. So that gives you another option.
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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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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training
3h 31m Beginner Mar 06, 2009

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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

Setting up a custom workspace

Let's go ahead and set up a custom workspace inside of Dreamweaver so that as we work on this project, we can come back to the same layout and the same document window and panel setup every single time. On the right side is the area where all of your panels will display. If you only have one panel open, there is really not too much that you can do. Notice there is no way to change the size of any of these panels that are on display. But the minute you open up a second panel, you get all kind of options available to you. So let's double click on CSS Styles because that's the one we want to have open for our final layout. Notice as I hover over the horizontal bars, a double-headed arrow appears. If I click and drag, I can then open this Files panel to any size that I want and even inside the panel, I can change and define different areas. If I click on a tab in a panel and drag it out to the document window area, I can float the panel. So that gives you another option.

Personally, I find this to be a little crowded and I really like to see what I'm working on in my design space so to put it back in to the panel dock, I click on the tab, drag it back over to the panel area that I wanted to dock to and notice that a blue line will appear around that area. When you see the blue line, let go off your mouse. New in Dreamweaver CS4 is that you can click on tabs and drag them to he left or to the right. We want to make CSS our primary tab, so we'll drag it to the left. Then we want AP elements and Tag inspector. You can take sometime to play around with those and get those set up the way you want. There are many panels that are available in Dreamweaver.

This is a full-service design developer tool. If we click on Window and look at the dropdown menu, you can see all the panels that are available, those with a check in front of them are the one that are currently open or available to us in our workspace layout. You can also see that for every panel there is typically a Command key that you can use to open and toggle that on and off. But what's really important that we want to do right now is to look at the workspace layout. If at anytime you make a mistake or change your layout or if you can't get back to the layout you want to be working in, you can click on workspace layout and dropdown to Reset. Whichever workspace you have been working on will appear here and you can reset that. What we would like to do right now is to create a new workspace, one just for us. A dialog box will come open saying Save Workspace. And take the time again to name it something meaningful. I'm going to call it Laurie's Workspace. This is a space that I work with all the tome at home and lots of web designer use and I'm really comfortable in this space.

So I'm going to save it so that every time I come into Dreamweaver I have the same workspace to work in and I don't have to set it up every single time. It saves me a lot of time. It feels familiar to me so that when I'm working, I'm not worrying about where things are but I can actually work on the design and development of my web pages. So let's click OK. As soon as I click OK, that workspace now appears up in the top bar. This is a great feature inside of Dreamweaver CS4. I still have all my other default workspaces and I can even go and make other new workspaces if I'm doing coding only or doing developing only.

Again, if I ever change this workspace and I need to reset back to the default, I can come right in here and reset it. And if I want to delete or manage those workspaces, I click on Manage Workspaces. Again a dialog box opens saying Manage Workspaces I click on the space that I want to change or rename. And I can click either Rename or Delete. I'm happy with what I have right now and I want to be able to use this workspace throughout this project. So I'm going to select OK. With our custom workspace saved and set up, we can return again and again to Dreamweaver and know that we'll have our custom layout, our custom tools and our panels just the way we like to work. This can be applied to all the projects we work on in the future.

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