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The Code toolbar

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I'm going to switch it over to the Code view here, in this document we've been working on. I'd just like to take some time in this movie to introduce you to the Code toolbar, which is this toolbar of icons that you see running down the left-hand side here. This is a feature that was introduced in the previous version of {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} {italic}Dreamweaver 8,{plain} and it's been carried over into {italic}Dreamweaver CS3{plain} because it contains such useful tools. Once you become familiar with XHTML and Web development in general, you're most likely start spending more and more time in Code view. The Code toolbar makes your life much easier by giving you quick access to the most common tasks you might need perform while working in Code view. I'm just going to run down through these buttons and give you a brief description of what each one of these items does. We don't be able to use them all right now in this particular document because some of them are for very specific purposes, but I at least want to familiarize you with them. First one is our Open Documents button, and clicking on that opens up a pop-up menu, and that will list the full path file of all open documents. So, if I wanted to switch to any of my other open documents, they'd all be listed here, and I can just select them from here. It's really useful if you're working with a large number of open documents. You can just use that to quickly find the document you need. Next, we have the Collapse Full tag Button. This collapses the entire tag that currently contains the cursor. For instance, if I'm inside somewhere in the table header area, I can choose to collapse that tag, which you can see it just collapsed of that entire tag there, or I can come down here and choose to Expand All. We also have the option of collapsing a selection, and we're going to talk about these Collapse tools, so I'm not going to go into too much detail with these right now.

The Code toolbar

I'm going to switch it over to the Code view here, in this document we've been working on. I'd just like to take some time in this movie to introduce you to the Code toolbar, which is this toolbar of icons that you see running down the left-hand side here. This is a feature that was introduced in the previous version of {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} {italic}Dreamweaver 8,{plain} and it's been carried over into {italic}Dreamweaver CS3{plain} because it contains such useful tools. Once you become familiar with XHTML and Web development in general, you're most likely start spending more and more time in Code view. The Code toolbar makes your life much easier by giving you quick access to the most common tasks you might need perform while working in Code view. I'm just going to run down through these buttons and give you a brief description of what each one of these items does. We don't be able to use them all right now in this particular document because some of them are for very specific purposes, but I at least want to familiarize you with them. First one is our Open Documents button, and clicking on that opens up a pop-up menu, and that will list the full path file of all open documents. So, if I wanted to switch to any of my other open documents, they'd all be listed here, and I can just select them from here. It's really useful if you're working with a large number of open documents. You can just use that to quickly find the document you need. Next, we have the Collapse Full tag Button. This collapses the entire tag that currently contains the cursor. For instance, if I'm inside somewhere in the table header area, I can choose to collapse that tag, which you can see it just collapsed of that entire tag there, or I can come down here and choose to Expand All. We also have the option of collapsing a selection, and we're going to talk about these Collapse tools, so I'm not going to go into too much detail with these right now.

The next button here is the Select Parent Tag button, and as its name implies, t allows you to select the parent tag of wherever the cursor happens to be in. For instance, when I'm inside the table in this table header area, if I click to select that parent tag, notice that it selects the entire row containing that table header. If I click it again, notice that it selects the entire table, which contains that table row. Clicking it again just keeps going out until I eventually select my entire HTML document. It's useful when you need to select an entire containing tag at once, instead of having to come up here, click and drag down. Next we have Balance Braces, and that selects all the code between the enclosing parenthesis, braces, or square brackets that you might have in a particular line of code.

This function is particularly useful when working with JavaScript since it's dependent on where braces and parenthesis start and end. Next we have our line numbers, which we saw previously. It allows you to turn numbers on and off. Same thing that we can do up here in the View menu. Next, we have Highlight Invalid Code, again highlights any incorrectly written XHTML code in yellow, which allows you to add a comment. This is what coders use to mark off certain sections of their HTML documents, and comments are only visible in the XHTML. You won't actually see them in the Design view or in the browser.

So, for instance, if I came up here and clicked a break in there, and added a comment, and I'm going to apply an HTML comment here. Often times you'll see something like, "begin table code here", which is useful to do if you're working with other designers, or if you just want to leave notes for yourself in the code. I'm going to come down here to the end of the table, add another note, "end table code here". Like so. And, you'll see that that text does not show up anywhere in the Design view. Comments only show up in the Code view. This allows us to remove a comment, so I can select that, choose to remove that comment, but notice what that does is it removes the comment tags.

What it's done is it actually has just put the text there. If I click over to Design view, you can see that the text actually now appears the page, which is not what I want. So, if I select that again, apply HTML comment, you can see it turned back into a comment. Next we have the Wrap Tag button, which opens up the Quick Tag Editor in Wrap Tag won't and will talk about more about the Quick Tag Editor in Wrap Tag mode. We'll talk more about the Quick Tag Editor later. We have Recent Snippets, which will display a list of recently used snippets, which we'll again, talk about later in this chapter. This is a new button to {italic}Dreamweaver CS3,{plain} which is Moves or Convert CSS, and we saw in the chapter on working with Cascading Style Sheets that we can take an internal style sheet and move into an external style sheet. This is how you would do that, if I had any styles on this page, this how you do that from Code view. And, we have Indent Code, which if I had my cursor in here for instance, and chose to indent, I can just keep indenting the code if I wanted to separate it, And, that reformats the source code of the entire current document, and resets all the tabs to make it easier They'll start to make more sense as you start understanding the Code view a little bit more, and start working in Code a little bit more. Just so you can get more comfortable in Code view, in the next movie we'll take a look at how these Collapse buttons work.

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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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