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Controlling CSS in Dreamweaver

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Over the years, I've heard a lot of things said about Dreamweaver, both positive and negative. I've heard developers say Dreamweaver is for designers who can't code. I've also heard designers who've said Dreamweaver is too complex. It's designed for coders, not true designers, and I've always kind of chuckled at those types of comments because they reflect the biases that we, as professionals, bring to the tools that we use. Dreamweaver isn't perfect - no tool is - but it does an amazing job of providing us with both powerful coding tools and powerful design tools.

Controlling CSS in Dreamweaver

Over the years, I've heard a lot of things said about Dreamweaver, both positive and negative. I've heard developers say Dreamweaver is for designers who can't code. I've also heard designers who've said Dreamweaver is too complex. It's designed for coders, not true designers, and I've always kind of chuckled at those types of comments because they reflect the biases that we, as professionals, bring to the tools that we use. Dreamweaver isn't perfect - no tool is - but it does an amazing job of providing us with both powerful coding tools and powerful design tools.

No aspect of Dreamweaver showcases this better than the creation and management of CSS. Dreamweaver has powerful design focus CSS tools, such as the Properties Inspector, the CSS Styles panel and CSS Inspect that allow you to create and modify styles without ever touching the code. For those that prefer to code their CSS themselves, Dreamweaver has a powerful Code Editor that offers hinting and code completion, flexible code formatting and highlighting, and syntax checking.

This wide range of tools allows you to create a working environment that best suits your own personal preference and skill level. Regardless of whether you're coming to Dreamweaver from a design or development background, I recommend taking a blended approach to controlling styles in Dreamweaver. Developers should not dismiss, out of hand, powerful editing tools such as the CSS Styles panel. The Styles panel allows you to make edits to your styles and chase down style conflicts a lot faster than you can by hand. Now, designers should not dismiss or be intimidated by Dreamweaver's powerful code features.

Once you master CSS, there is no faster way to create it than by hand-coding it, using Dreamweaver's rapid coding tools. In fact, there are certain CSS properties that aren't even available through the CSS Rule Definition dialog box. So sticking solely with Dreamweaver's visual design tools will not only slow you down in certain situations; they can also limit your effectiveness in writing certain styles. In this title, I'm going to approach the topic of managing CSS and Dreamweaver by using this blended approach.

I will attempt to showcase all of the tools and capabilities that Dreamweaver provides to help you create and manage your site's CSS. Along the way, I'm going to suggest workflows that will allow you to work with CSS in the fastest, most efficient way possible, based on my own personal experience. Hopefully, you'll find an integrated solution that works for you and makes the process of planning, creating and managing CSS within Dreamweaver even easier for you.

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Managing CSS in Dreamweaver

41 video lessons · 20850 viewers

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  1. 4m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Who is this course for?
      1m 5s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 1h 21m
    1. Controlling CSS in Dreamweaver
      2m 34s
    2. Style formatting options
      4m 59s
    3. Controlling shorthand notation
      6m 9s
    4. Building a style-focused workspace
      6m 10s
    5. CSS Styles panel overview
      8m 18s
    6. The Properties Inspector
      6m 39s
    7. Creating styles visually
      11m 32s
    8. Hand-coding styles
      8m 15s
    9. Code hinting and code completion
      7m 11s
    10. Modifying styles visually
      5m 24s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      4m 47s
    12. Using CSS Inspect
      9m 52s
  3. 1h 14m
    1. Structuring style sheets
      4m 52s
    2. Writing a style header
      2m 40s
    3. Building a color guide
      6m 5s
    4. Writing a style sheet table of contents
      8m 46s
    5. Creating sections for styles
      9m 10s
    6. Using the CSS Styles panel to organize styles
      10m 29s
    7. Resolving conflicts
      7m 3s
    8. Organizing style properties
      9m 33s
    9. Writing a CSS reset
      5m 20s
    10. Writing global classes
      3m 57s
    11. Creating a style guide
      6m 6s
  4. 1h 7m
    1. Preparing custom starter pages
      11m 32s
    2. Building custom starter pages
      10m 8s
    3. Working with code snippets
      9m 54s
    4. Writing snippets
      11m 30s
    5. Importing snippets
      6m 3s
    6. Understanding snippets libraries
      8m 11s
    7. Building a CSS framework using snippets libraries
      10m 36s
  5. 52m 15s
    1. Writing a print style sheet
      10m 3s
    2. Creating print-specific styles
      10m 45s
    3. Preparing modular styles
      4m 33s
    4. Creating modular style sheets
      7m 9s
    5. Checking browser compatibility
      6m 25s
    6. Using conditional comments for Internet Explorer
      6m 58s
    7. Optimizing CSS with Dreamweaver
      6m 22s
  6. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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