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Defining a default browser

Defining a default browser provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Garrick Chow as par… Show More

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Video: Defining a default browser

Defining a default browser provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Garrick Chow as part of the Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
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  1. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  2. 20m 56s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 3s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 10s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 22s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 2s
  3. 46m 11s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 38s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 10s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 17s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 37s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 49s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 10s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 21s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 57s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 4s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 16s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 37s
    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 34s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 8s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 54s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 48s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 36s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 34s
    7. Image maps
      9m 19s
  7. 1h 7m
    1. About CSS
      4m 51s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 9s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 45s
    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 41s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 21s
  8. 42m 51s
    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 46s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 7s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 1s
  9. 43m 14s
    1. About tables
      1m 27s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 45s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 40s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 5s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 34s
  10. 28m 20s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 57s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 28s
    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 51s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 30s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 20s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 13s
  13. 26m 30s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 8s
    2. Editing in Code view
      2m 59s
    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 42s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 51s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 36s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 4s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 16s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 49s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 57s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 10s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 14s
    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 27s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 47s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 1s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 23s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 40s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 28s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 1s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 52s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 13s
  20. 26m 16s
    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 26s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 44s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 34s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 35s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 11s
  22. 43s
    1. Goodbye

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Defining a default browser
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Defining a default browser provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Garrick Chow as part of the Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training


Defining a default browser

One of the most important parts of designing a web site is to test your pages in various web browsers, because when it comes down to it a web page is nothing more than a bunch of code, be it HTML, XHTML, or whatever. What you see when you view a page in a web browser is that browser's interpretation of the code. Each browser might interpret a page a little bit differently. Now, as time has gone by, browser standards have gotten a little more reliable, but it's still a good idea to check your pages in as many browsers as possible before launching your page live on the web. Of course, you may be one of those browser snobs saying, "I designed my page for {italic}Firefox{plain} users and that's that", which is fine as long as you don't mind people coming to your site in other browsers, who might not be able to see the content the way you intended it.

But, if you're trying to reach as broad an audience as possible, you'll want to download and install all sorts of browsers like{italic}, Firefox, Netscape, {plain} {italic}Opera{plain}, and the list goes on and on. At the very least, if you're working on Windows, you should have the most current version of {italic}Explorer{plain} as well {italic}Netscape{plain} and {italic}Firefox{plain} on your machine. If you are on a Mac, you should already have {italic}Safari,{plain} but you probably download and install {italic}Firefox{plain} and {italic}Netscape{plain} as well. If you're really serious about making sure your pages work. You'll want to check them cross platform as well. If you're designing on a Windows machine check your pages out of a Mac and vice versa. As I mentioned earlier, {italic}Dreamweaver {plain} does have built-in tools for validating your page's code against different browser types.

But, if you want to know what your page looks like in a certain browser, check it out in that browser. And, checking out your pages in a browser isn't just something you should do right before you're ready to upload them to the web. You should be checking them out at each step along the way so you can catch potential problems as you go along. So, let's take a look at how we set up {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}to preview our pages in the browser or browsers of our choice. You can go to {italic}Dreamweaver > P{plain}references, if you're a Windows can edit preferences, and then select Preview in Browser category. In this area to {italic}Dreamweaver {plain} should already have your installed browsers listed, if not click the little + button here, and locate the browser on your computer.

Notice, that you can select both the Primary and a Secondary browser. Your Primary and Secondary browser are assigned keyboard commands by {italic}Dreamweaver, {plain}in this case {italic}Safari{plain} is my primary browser and that's option + F12, and if I wanted say, {italic}Firefox{plain} to be my Secondary browser, I could select that and choose Secondary browser, and that becomes Cmd + F12. I just press those keyboard commands to launch them. Now, on the Mac the reason it's Option + 12 and Cmd + 12 is because if your using Mac OS 10.4 tiger or later the F12 key has been assigned by the operating system to launch your dashboard widgets, unless of course you change the keyboard command for that.

So, in {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}on the Mac your Primary browser is assigned to Option + F12, and your Secondary browser is Command + F12, on Windows your Primary browser is just F12 and the Secondary browser is Ctrl + F12. Now, before we leave this area, notice that there's an option here to Preview using temporary file. If I check this box every time I go to preview a page in a browser {italic}Dreamweaver {plain} will generate a copy of the page in its current state and open up a copy of the browser. The advantage of that is that I won't have to save my page before a preview it. So, if I'm not sure about a change I made to the page, I don't have to save it to preview it.

With this box and unchecked my page will have to be saved each time before I preview it. It's really not that big a deal because you can always undo most changes. So, it's up to you to decide if having to save the page each time you preview is too much of a hassle. If so just check this box. Let's go ahead and click on OK. So, let me just type some text there, and if I want to see what this looks like my Primary browser, all I have to do is press, in this case. Option + F12, {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}will tell me that I needed to save this because I did not choose to save it as a temporary file, so I will click Save, and let's just save this to the Desktop.

This is not the way you should be saving files, we'll talk about saving files in the next chapter, but just for the sake of simplicity right now I'll just save this to my Desktop. Here's my page previewed in {italic}Safari{plain} my Primary browser. I can go back, and if I press Command + F12 for my Secondary browser. In this case {italic}Firefox{plain} opens up, and there's my page in my {italic}Firefox{plain} browser. Let's go back to {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} So, those are your keyboard commands to invoke your Primary and Secondary browsers.

If you have other browsers installed you can just come right up here to your toolbar and choose the other browsers that you might want to check these out in, Explorer, Netscape, Opera or what ever other browsers you might have installed. New to {italic}Dreamweaver CS3{plain} is Preview in Device Central. Basically, what this is, is these days there are so many hand-held devices out there. You have palm devices and BlackBerries and people might be accessing your web pages via these devices, so you have what's called Adobe Device Central built into {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}now, and if I select that it opens Device Central, and actually gives you a little mock up of a phone, and gives you an idea of what this might look like in a phone's browser. This is just text of course so I can't really show you what it might like if I had a whole bunch of images and text, but here but you get the basic idea.

You can choose from Sample Devices, you can also download and install additional Devices to preview how you page will look on different phones, and PDA's, and the like. So, that's a new feature and a new consideration when it comes to previewing your work on a browser or a device. So, that's how we set up our preferred browsers here in {italic}Dreamweaver CS3.{plain}

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