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Customizing the Coding toolbar

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Video: Customizing the Coding toolbar

One of the great things about Dreamweaver is its open architecture. Many components of Dreamweaver are customizable. In our last video we examined the Coding toolbar. Now let's take a look at customizing that toolbar, either adding to it or subtracting from its feature set. So to do that, we are going to go out to our hard drive. So if you are on a Mac, we will just go ahead and hide Dreamweaver real quick and we will go into our Applications Directory. You will find Adobe, although on the Mac, we are going to go into Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 and we are going to go into the configuration file. So once you actually get into it, it's the same path.

Customizing the Coding toolbar

One of the great things about Dreamweaver is its open architecture. Many components of Dreamweaver are customizable. In our last video we examined the Coding toolbar. Now let's take a look at customizing that toolbar, either adding to it or subtracting from its feature set. So to do that, we are going to go out to our hard drive. So if you are on a Mac, we will just go ahead and hide Dreamweaver real quick and we will go into our Applications Directory. You will find Adobe, although on the Mac, we are going to go into Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 and we are going to go into the configuration file. So once you actually get into it, it's the same path.

So once you get into the configuration file, you will scroll down and you will find toolbars. So we want to open up toolbars. Now, one of the things you are going to notice is that inside here we have a couple of different XML files, and this is again telling us a little bit about the customizable nature of Dreamweaver. The fact that a lot of the menu items and a lot of the structure of the program is actually just stored in an XML file. So if you understand XML, you can open these files up and you can customize them, and maybe add some features that aren't in there in the default install.

Now, we are about to modify a file that is crucial to Dreamweaver's interface. Without the toolbars file we don't get many of the toolbars that we come to expect. So before you modify any type of file like this, it's a really good idea to go ahead and make a backup. That way you have got a file that you can restore without having to reinstall the software, which is always good. So I am going to go ahead and select the toolbars XML file and just copy that, which is Command+C and Ctrl+C on the PC. I need to go ahead and create a new folder someplace, and I would recommend that you have a central location for all the backup files that you are going to create, and where you put it is kind of a personal choice.

I am going to go ahead and put mine in Documents here. I will go ahead and create a new folder inside of this and I will just call it Dreamweaver Backups. Inside this folder, I will go ahead and paste my file, and again on the PC, you can right click and choose Paste, or you can even just drag and drop it over once you have both windows open. That would be fine. So there's our backup and we know that if anything goes wrong with our New toolbars file, we can just drag this one over or copy this one over and replace our modified one and we will be back to normal. So we will go ahead and close that. Now we can go back in and open up our toolbars file and modify it.

When we try to open this, I will go ahead and double click on it to open this up, you will see that we get a message that says, the file is locked and we can view it but we can't change it. Well, we really want to be able to view this and change it both so I am going to go ahead and hit Cancel. Now, on a PC it's probably not going to have that problem, but on a Mac, this is locked down as a system file. So I am going to get back to the folder, select the file, and we will just do a Get Info, which is Command+I, and you will see that down on my Ownership and Permissions, when I look at Details, it's a system file and so I can't take ownership of that.

So the first thing I have to do is I have to unlock it, and I will give myself ownership over the file, and I will have to type in my super secret password there. Now I am going to say that I can both Read & Write this file, not just Read Only. So that should do the trick. So we will go ahead and get rid of our Get Info dialog box, and now I can open the file simply by double clicking it, because Dreamweaver has set itself to be the default editor for XML files. So when I double click that, it opens up in Dreamweaver.

If you find yours opening up in another application, you can just go in and modify it so that Dreamweaver is the default opener of that particular file type. Well, one of the first things that we see when we open this file is that there are more toolbars in here than just the Coding toolbar. Obviously that's the one we are interested in, but you can see right up top, right here on line number four, it's commenting out and telling us that what we are looking at now is the main toolbar, and each one of these items in the toolbar is simply another tag.

So we are going to scroll down until we find the Code toolbar, and its a little further down, so you are probably going to have to scroll a good bit to get down to it. We have got to pass the Standard toolbar and a lot of those other toolbars. There is the Browser toolbar. So we keep going down. Here we go. So we are on about Line 352, and there's our Code view toolbar. Well, the use of the comments is actually very important, because any object that's not commented is going to show up your toolbar.

If you look at my screen right now, I am at 1024 x 768 in terms of my resolution, so I don't really have a lot of space. If you look at the left hand side where my Code toolbar is, look down at the bottom of that, we really don't have a lot of space right now for other icons to show up here. So one of the things I can do is I can also turn off some of the existing ones. So as I go through here I can actually see exactly which of these elements I am looking at. Look at the first item. It says menubutton id=DW_OpenDocuments. If we look over at our Code toolbar on the left hand side, the very, very top of it right there, I hover over that, it says Open Documents. So it's pretty easy, if you hover over these and see the tooltip, it's really easy for you to correlate between what you are looking at and what the object is.

Well, I don't really need that, because that one allows me to flip through open documents, and the way that I have got my Dreamweaver preferences set up, I actually get multiple tabs up top that are just as easy to click on. So I am going to save myself a little bit of screen real estate and I am going to go ahead and highlight that menu button tag. Now, we'll make sure you get the whole tag, including the self closing bit, right down here at the end. We are actually take advantage of the Coding toolbar to modify the Coding toolbar. If we look over, again, on the left hand side, about half way down, you are going to see two little items that look like cartoon word blocks. That allows us to apply comments and to take comments away, remove them. So we are going to actually comment this out by clicking on the Apply Comment.

Now, we get a lot of different flavors here. You have got your HTML, you have got your JavaScript, your PHP, your ASP, so a lot of different flavors, and what we are going to do is we are just going to apply an HTML comment. So select it and release. When you do that, you can see that everything that you had highlighted is now surrounded by an HTML comment tag. Now, that means that the next time this XML toolbars file is accessed, that won't be read in and that one will not show up. So let's go down and take a look at some of the ones that are commented out by default. The fine folks at Adobe as they were working on the latest release of Dreamweaver, they made a bunch of these features, these little icons, that would do things for us, and they noticed that they really didn't all fit on smaller monitor sizes. So they kind of took some of them that they didn't think people were going to use quite as much and they just commented them out.

So the one that I am looking at right now on Line 411 is actually the DW_GotoLine. Now, believe it or not, I actually use this one a good bit, because a reference code that I have worked on earlier, and I will know, for example, that a certain function is on Line 163 or something of that nature. Rather than having to scroll down to it, I can simply click that icon, type in the line I am looking for, and I will navigate directly to that. So I like that functionality. I am going to turn that back on. So I am going to go ahead and highlight. Now, you will notice that last time we did this, we highlighted just the tag. You could do that, but you want to make sure that you get everything. So I am going to highlight everything, including a comment that's around it.

Now, instead of having to manually strip that comment out, I can simply go right over here to the Code toolbar and the little word bling has the x in it. We can go ahead and click that and choose Remove Comment. It goes, strips that out. You can see that it's active again. Now, we will save our file. So let's go to File and just save that. Once you have saved the toolbar file, Dreamweaver actually accesses that file every single time it opens. So we are not really going to see a change yet. So let's go ahead and quit Dreamweaver. What we will need to do now is we will just need to reopen it, and it's easy enough just to open up the toolbars XML file again, double click on it and that will launch Dreamweaver for us. There we go, so we have got that open now.

Let's take a look at our Code toolbar now. If you will notice at the very top of it, here at the left hand side, we don't see the Open file dialog box. If we look down here, about midway down, we can see that we have our new icon, Go to Line. If I click on that, I can type in 352, and it jumps right down to our Code view toolbar, and we could go in and we could do any type of further manipulation that we needed to do. Notice that the DW_OpenDocuments item is commented out still and it's going to be that way until we change it again.

That's the great thing about it. If you don't like the current setup that you have, you can go in, examine it, and change it, so it's very, very flexible. So one of the things I would like to encourage you to do is to take some time to really examine these tools and see how they can speed up your coding. In our next video, we will examine code snippets, code hinting, and quickly selecting tags in your file both in Code View and in Design View.

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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 42s
    2. Customizing the Coding toolbar
      9m 52s
    3. Taking advantage of Code Hinting
      7m 20s
    4. Using snippets and shortcuts
      11m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      5m 18s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      9m 50s
    7. Regular expressions
      5m 39s
    8. Using Bridge with Dreamweaver CS3
      8m 28s
    9. Round-trip editing with Photoshop CS3
      3m 40s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 16s
  3. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding the CSS Styles panel
      7m 59s
    2. Understanding the Cascade
      5m 50s
    3. Understanding Inheritance
      5m 8s
    4. Understanding Specificity
      7m 5s
    5. Managing CSS styles
      5m 4s
    6. Using Design-Time style sheets
      6m 20s
  4. 2h 19m
    1. Using the new CSS template pages
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding DIV tag structure and layout
      12m 0s
    3. Understanding the CSS box model
      10m 0s
    4. Using absolute and relative positioning
      8m 35s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 45s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 14s
    10. Positioning container elements
      11m 4s
    11. Enhancing layouts with background graphics
      11m 48s
    12. Creating faux columns with background graphics
      8m 55s
    13. Creating rounded corners with background graphics
      9m 17s
    14. Building navigation with CSS
      16m 57s
    15. Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature
      5m 31s
  5. 53m 22s
    1. Creating properly structured forms
      6m 30s
    2. Creating accessible forms
      6m 41s
    3. Using CSS to lay out form structure
      7m 40s
    4. Creating vertical columns for form elements
      7m 48s
    5. Adding user feedback
      5m 52s
    6. Applying advanced styling to forms
      8m 11s
    7. Client-side form validation
      4m 17s
    8. Validating forms with the Spry Validation tools
      6m 23s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 43s
    2. Defining a data source for use in Spry
      3m 56s
    3. Creating a Spry table
      8m 8s
    4. Using the Spry widgets
      8m 11s
    5. Connecting various data sets
      4m 50s
    6. Understanding Spry widget structures
      7m 1s
    7. Applying custom styles to Spry widgets
      6m 24s
    8. Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets
      8m 46s
    9. Controlling Spry widget behaviors with JavaScript
      6m 0s
    10. Controlling Spry widget animations with JavaScript
      9m 31s
    11. Creating effects with Spry behaviors
      4m 42s
    12. Hand-coding Spry
      9m 11s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Creating a base template
      8m 6s
    2. Creating editable attributes
      6m 26s
    3. Creating a new page from a template
      7m 42s
    4. Applying a template to an existing page
      4m 36s
    5. Creating nested templates
      5m 24s
    6. Using repeating regions
      6m 34s
    7. Creating editable and non-editable optional regions
      6m 0s
    8. Using template parameters
      7m 26s
    9. Using template expressions
      9m 59s
    10. Using conditional template expressions
      8m 54s
  8. 54m 40s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 44s
    2. Creating an XML document
      9m 9s
    3. Using the CDATA structure
      5m 7s
    4. Creating an XSLT file
      4m 33s
    5. Binding data from an XML to an XSLT document
      5m 6s
    6. Inserting repeating regions into an XSL document
      5m 16s
    7. Creating a client-side XSL transformation
      2m 52s
    8. Styling a remote RSS feed
      7m 29s
    9. Creating a server-side XSL transformation
      5m 31s
    10. Writing XSL expressions
      6m 53s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Overview of building dynamic websites
      1m 35s
    2. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Mac
      3m 22s
    3. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Windows
      3m 54s
    4. Creating a MySQL database
      3m 16s
    5. Defining a testing server and database bindings
      6m 14s
    6. Creating a database recordset
      4m 35s
    7. Adding dynamic content to the page
      5m 14s
    8. Creating repeating regions of dynamic content
      7m 6s
    9. Filtering database records
      7m 39s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 9s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 42s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 32s
    5. Building a behavior function
      7m 23s
    6. Creating an Action file
      6m 48s
    7. Enabling behavior functions
      9m 1s
    8. Initializing the user interface for a behavior
      3m 9s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Running reports
      7m 41s
    2. Checking and validating links
      3m 40s
    3. Using cloaking
      5m 42s
    4. Using Check In/Check Out
      4m 3s
    5. Using Design Notes
      6m 6s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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