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What to expect with Design view in Dreamweaver

From: Creating a Responsive Web Design

Video: What to expect with Design view in Dreamweaver

For those of you who are going to follow along using Adobe Dreamweaver, I want to point out a few things. First of all, Dreamweaver CS5 and later have full support for HTML5 and CSS3, but it has this full support in the code area only. So the preview area inside of Dreamweaver doesn't have full support for rendering HTML5 and CSS3 while you're actually working on your course. So in this screenshot here, this is what Dreamweaver CS5 and 5.5 will look like when you finished your project. You'll notice that you don't see the heading area at all. The logo is off to the right-hand side.

What to expect with Design view in Dreamweaver

For those of you who are going to follow along using Adobe Dreamweaver, I want to point out a few things. First of all, Dreamweaver CS5 and later have full support for HTML5 and CSS3, but it has this full support in the code area only. So the preview area inside of Dreamweaver doesn't have full support for rendering HTML5 and CSS3 while you're actually working on your course. So in this screenshot here, this is what Dreamweaver CS5 and 5.5 will look like when you finished your project. You'll notice that you don't see the heading area at all. The logo is off to the right-hand side.

The navigation appears down below the footer, and the navigation actually extends past the outer page container. Now, if we look at the copy of our final project inside of Dreamweaver CS6, we'll see that this actually looks a little bit closer. We do see the heading area, we see the navigation in the right position, but the logo is off to the right and the width of the navigation element still extends past the overall page container. Now these rendering issues only affect Dreamweaver inside of the design preview. So if we come back to our final project, I'm going to open up the index.html file up in Dreamweaver CS5.5, and this is what we're actually seeing here in the design preview.

But if I come up here and click on the Live View, what Dreamweaver will do is use it's built-in WebKit rendering engine and render this page exactly as we would see it in our web browsers. So once I turn on Live view, I can see the design comes into place. I can scroll down and see all of the design elements are properly being rendered. I can change my window size and see the medium size, and then close this all the way down and see the mobile size. So while we're in Live view, Dreamweaver will show us exactly what this design will look like inside of our Preview mode.

But when I come out of Live view we'll go back to Dreamweaver's default rendering for the preview area. So as you're working along in Dreamweaver, don't take what you see in the design preview area as the final rendering of your page. Make sure you switch into Live view or preview in a browser to see how your project is progressing. And next, we'll talk about how to access code inside of Dreamweaver for both HTML and CSS files.

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Creating a Responsive Web Design

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  1. 7m 39s
    1. Previewing the final project
      4m 0s
    2. About the exercise files
      1m 15s
    3. Exploring the software you'll need to complete this course
      49s
    4. Beginning your project
      1m 35s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What to expect with Design view in Dreamweaver
      2m 1s
    2. Accessing code for HTML and CSS in Dreamweaver
      1m 44s
  3. 9m 19s
    1. Planning your layout
      2m 47s
    2. Adding the main HTML containers
      1m 47s
    3. Adding the promo containers
      31s
    4. Adding links and the copyright
      1m 47s
    5. Adding sample content into the HTML containers
      2m 27s
  4. 8m 37s
    1. Creating and slicing multiple-sized banner images
      5m 53s
    2. Exporting content and template artwork
      2m 44s
  5. 7m 27s
    1. Linking CSS files for all screen sizes
      1m 42s
    2. Linking CSS files based on screen size with media queries
      2m 13s
    3. Enabling Internet Explorer 7 and 8 to understand HTML5
      1m 25s
    4. Setting the viewport scale
      2m 7s
  6. 9m 0s
    1. Adding the background pattern and the page container color
      3m 43s
    2. Styling the headings
      2m 17s
    3. Styling the body text and the links
      1m 15s
    4. Styling the footer
      1m 45s
  7. 9m 49s
    1. Understanding compound rules
      2m 58s
    2. Styling the promo links with a CSS sprite
      2m 48s
    3. Styling the promo text
      1m 26s
    4. Adding the promo images with CSS
      2m 37s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Adding CSS rules for layout
      2m 8s
    2. Styling the header on large screens
      2m 34s
    3. Styling the article on large screens
      3m 4s
  9. 6m 29s
    1. Styling the navigation links
      2m 1s
    2. Styling the navigation for large screens
      1m 16s
    3. Positioning the navigation for large screens
      1m 37s
    4. Clearing the float for the promos
      1m 35s
  10. 2m 47s
    1. Adding CSS rules with inline media queries
      2m 47s
  11. 6m 0s
    1. Styling the header for medium screens
      2m 32s
    2. Styling the navigation for medium screens
      1m 10s
    3. Styling the promos for medium screens
      2m 18s
  12. 12m 7s
    1. Styling the header for small screens
      2m 27s
    2. Styling the navigation for small screens
      1m 12s
    3. Styling the navigation links for small screens
      4m 13s
    4. Styling the promos for small screens
      2m 57s
    5. Styling the footer for small screens
      1m 18s
  13. 13m 12s
    1. Additional exercise files for this chapter
      1m 4s
    2. Creating double-sized graphics for high-definition screens
      4m 45s
    3. Replacing the promo graphics with CSS media queries
      2m 42s
    4. Replacing the logo and banner graphics with CSS media queries
      4m 41s
  14. 57s
    1. Where to go from here
      57s

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