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Creating new documents

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Video: Creating new documents

After defining your site the next logical step in creating websites is to begin creating new webpages. Since it's such a common task Dreamweaver has many different options for creating new pages. Some are designed to be fast and result in a new page based on your default document preferences, while others require more manual input, but give you a wider array of options regarding your new document. In this movie we will store Dreamweaver's new document creation capabilities so that you can make sure the pages you're creating are conforming to the standard required for your site.

Creating new documents

After defining your site the next logical step in creating websites is to begin creating new webpages. Since it's such a common task Dreamweaver has many different options for creating new pages. Some are designed to be fast and result in a new page based on your default document preferences, while others require more manual input, but give you a wider array of options regarding your new document. In this movie we will store Dreamweaver's new document creation capabilities so that you can make sure the pages you're creating are conforming to the standard required for your site.

So the first option I want to show you guys for creating a new page is one that you've probably already used if you've been watching the title up till now. You can go straight to the Welcome Screen and just choose Create New HTML. Now if I click that notice that I get a brand-new page open up. But Dreamweaver didn't offer me any choices. It basically created a brand-new page based on a set of preferences that, at this point, I didn't have any input in. Now of course, you can set those preferences yourself and I am going to show you how to do that a little bit later on in the chapter.

But what if you want a little bit more input in to the options surrounding the document that you're creating? Well, to do that you are going to use a slightly different method of creating a new page. So I am just going to go ahead and close the page that I just created without saving it. Now I am going to go up to the menu and go to File and choose New and you will notice that the shortcut key for that is Ctrl+N, which on the Mac will be Cmd+N. And I want to point out that, later on when we look at our preferences, I am going to show you an option regarding that keyboard shortcut too. So, remember this for later on in the chapter.

Okay, so I am going to go ahead and select that and that brings up the new document dialog box, at first glance this dialog box is almost overwhelming; there are so many choices here. So I just want to break them down for you a section at a time. If we start on the left side of this dialog box, notice that we have different types of pages that we can create; Blank Pages, new brand-new Template, Fluid Grid Layout, which is new in CS6, Page from an existing Template if your site contains templates, they have a couple of Sample Pages to get you started from.

And then there are these really odd little other feature down here that allows you create some document types that probably aren't as common as the other ones you'll find in the Blank Page section. Well that's where I am going to focus, I am going to focus right here on Blank Page. That's what we are interested in for this movie. Now the Page Type, again we have all these different page type so we can choose from. If you are doing static development, some of the choices up top here, HTML, you will be using a good bit. CSS, you'll probably be creating a number of CSS files, JavaScript, if you're creating some external script files. But if you are creating dynamic pages, notice that we have the option of creating ASP.NET pages, ColdFusion pages, JSP pages and PHP pages as well, directly here in Dreamweaver.

I am going to stick with just a static HTML page type and then that takes me over to the third column, which in this case, is layout. Anything past this None option right down through here, those are Dreamweaver's starter pages. And I am going to talk about those in more detail a little bit later on in the chapter. But for right now, those just give you sort of a head start, if you will. So if you need a head start on the Layout or your CSS skills aren't particularly strong and you want to make sure that you are using really solid starting point for your styles in terms of your layout.

These are some really good choices, but for right now I'm just going to choose Layout>None. So, you might be saying, well, up till now you really haven't made any choices at all, so what's different than just going to the Welcome screen and hitting New. Well, over there on the right-hand side we have another set of options and these options essentially affect the document itself. So the first option that I want to go down and take a look at is the DocType. Now the DocType is a tag that goes right above the HTML tag and it essentially tells the browser what type of document that it's going to be parsing.

Based upon the standards or the actual version of the HTML used, the browser knows which parsing rules to use. But more importantly, the only thing the DocType really does is it triggers Standards mode or Quirks mode in browsers. There is a whole long convoluted story that I don't think I have time to get into right now. But suffice to say that what Dreamweaver is asking you here is which version of HTML do you want to use? If I grab the pull-down menu I can see that we go all the way from no DocType declaration at all, to from HTML 4.1, all the way up to XHTML.

Now HTML 5 is available as well, that's a new standard from HTML and it's pretty much what I use my default now. So I am just going to go ahead choose HTML 5. The next thing Dreamweaver is asking me is do you want to attach a CSS file? So if you are about the create a brand-new HTML page and you already have part of your site finished and you have some external CSS already written for your site, you could go ahead and attach that CSS file now. Now you could also go ahead and create a stylesheet here as well if you just wanted to go ahead and do both of those things at the same time.

So if I click Attach Style Sheet, now at first it just looks like you can just Browse out for a file, but you are also free to go ahead and create one here as well. So I am just going to Cancel both of those. We will take a look at that process in more detail little bit later on. So in addition to the Attached CSS file, we have a couple of other options down here as well, and the one that I want to point out is Preferences. We are going to take a look at those preferences in the movie later in this chapter, but when you bring a document if you've forgotten to set certain preferences, you can go ahead and access them directly from this dialog box, which is extremely useful.

Okay, I am going to go ahead and click Create and now you can see that the code that's generated by Dreamweaver is actually very different than the code that was generated by the Welcome screen. So you see here it's using the HTML5 document type, it's using HTML5 character encoding. So the choices that I made within the new document dialog box resulted in a dramatically different document. For example, if I close this again, go back to Welcome screen and create a new HTML file, you can see how different that code is. And it's just based upon the DocType Declaration that you want for that document, the character encoding you are doing, those sorts of things.

Now if I close this, I mentioned before that you could use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+ or Ctrl+N to create a new document. Now if do that if I just hit Ctrl+N, you will notice it's a new document dialog box comes back up again. Now as I am going to show you a little bit later on in Preferences, you can disable that if you'd like. So once you set your Preferences, all the options that I showed you over here in terms of the DocType Declaration and that sort of thing, you can set those as preferences so that every time you create a new document, it's exactly what you're looking for without having to go through this dialog box every single time.

So I am going to go ahead and Cancel that. Now that we understand all the different methods of creating new files in Dreamweaver and some of the choices that we are presented with, in our next movie we are going to explore setting those choices as preferences for any new documents that we create.

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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