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Aligning text

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Video: Aligning text

In this movie I want to talk about aligning text. We did talk about setting up alignment in an earlier movie, as far as selecting some text, and then coming down to the Property Inspector, and choosing left, center, right, or justified. But there are some other options for aligning text, especially when there's images next your text. I'm going to open up a file "brewing tea.html". Now, again just a quick recap, if you're only concerned with aligning a single paragraph, just click somewhere in that paragraph, and then down here you can choose to Left align, Center, Right align, or Justify if necessary. You can turn the alignment buttons on, and off just by clicking them again.

Aligning text

In this movie I want to talk about aligning text. We did talk about setting up alignment in an earlier movie, as far as selecting some text, and then coming down to the Property Inspector, and choosing left, center, right, or justified. But there are some other options for aligning text, especially when there's images next your text. I'm going to open up a file "brewing tea.html". Now, again just a quick recap, if you're only concerned with aligning a single paragraph, just click somewhere in that paragraph, and then down here you can choose to Left align, Center, Right align, or Justify if necessary. You can turn the alignment buttons on, and off just by clicking them again.

And, by default everything is going to be aligned to left. When you align text, and look at the Code view, you can see that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} adds an aligned attribute to the tag so, in this case it's an h1 Tag, and that just simply adds an aligned attribute. Now, when you actually have an image in line with text, for instance, this image here, there's text immediately next to it. I'm going to choose to Cut this just so you can see what I mean. So, right now I just cut that image out of the page, but with my cursor flashing there, I'm just going to Paste that back in. So, the image is actually on the same line as that text, but how that text lines up to the image depends on how you set up the image's alignment. Now, I'm not talking about Left, Center, and Right, which is basically the same thing we can do with text. We have these alignment buttons down here in Properties inspector for images, but just noticed that we also have this Align menu here. And, we have several different options in here.

By default, it's set to Default, which in most browsers means it's going to have bottom alignment. Now, the alignment's referring to here, is not so much the alignment of the image, but how the image aligns to the text around it. So for instance, if I choose "Top", notice that the text next to it, lines up to the top of the image. If I choose "Middle". It lines up to the middle, and if I choose "Bottom", its back on the bottom. You probably won't be using those settings too much. Probably what you'll be using most often are going to be either the Left, or the Right alignments. If I choose Left, notice the text now wraps around the image.

The image stays to the left, and the text now wraps around. If I select that image again, and choose Right, The image moves to the right side, and the text wraps around to the left. To me that looks a lot better than just having the image sit there with the text aligned to the bottom of the image. That's really all there is to know about aligning your images. Again, you have several options in here. Most likely you'll be using either Left, or Right. Because, with these other choices, you often just get the first line of text aligned to either the bottom, or the middle, or the top. Even if we choose Absolute Middle, or Absolute Bottom, or TextTop, it's all the same.

Only that first line will move. So, again, just stick with either left, or right, and your page layouts will probably look much nicer.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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