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In Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS Essential Training, web developer and Adobe Master Instructor James Williamson teaches the fundamentals of CSS while focusing on how to use Dreamweaver to efficiently create and manage styles. He shows how to use Dreamweaver to resolve style conflicts; how to use new CSS-related features such as Live View; and the best way to create lightweight, site-wide style sheets.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get from students in my Dreamweaver classes is do I have to know CSS to use Dreamweaver? My answer is always the same, yes, you do. Now don't be mad at Adobe for this. Current web standards tell us that presentation in layout should be controlled through a cascading style sheets. If you want to become a professional web designer, you need to know CSS. The good news is that once you know CSS, Dreamweaver makes creating and controlling it incredibly easy. With each new Dreamweaver release, Adobe continues to focus on creating efficient workflows for building web standards-compliant pages.
With CS4, almost everything you do regarding formatting and page layout is tied directly into the creation or modification of CSS. So if you don't know CSS, making your pages look and behave the way you want them to would be like finding your way around a new city with no map. In this title, we'll examine how Dreamweaver integrates CSS into your web development and how you can customize the workflow to your personal preferences. The exercises are designed for both beginner and intermediate CSS users. So if you're a web design professional that already knows CSS and is looking to add Dreamweaver to your existing workflow, you'll find plenty of movies that detail how you create and control your CSS using Dreamweaver.
You may want to start by focusing on Chapter 4, Controlling your CSS with Dreamweaver, for a thorough overview of Dreamweaver's CSS capabilities. For those of you that are brand new to CSS, I focused on many of the fundamental concepts of CSS. So this should be a great place for your start. I would recommend starting with Chapter 1, XHTML and CSS Fundamentals. Some knowledge of CSS is assumed in other chapters so if you find yourself getting a little lost, I recommend checking out some of the other CSS titles on the lynda.com Online Training Library to solidify your knowledge of CSS before completing this course.
If you are brand new to both Dreamweaver and CSS, I would recommend checking out my Dreamweaver CS4 Essentials Training title before completing this course. The goal of this title is to teach CSS using standards-compliant best practices while showing you how Dreamweaver can assist you by speeding up the development, deployment and maintenance of your styles. With that in mind, let's get started.
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