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The Document toolbar

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Video: The Document toolbar

Now let's turn our attention to the Document window and its toolbar. The Document window is the main window that you see right here. I'm just going to resize that a little bit so you can see it a little bit better. It's in the Document window where you will actually create your web pages. We'll be getting into some of the windows properties in the next movie. But first, let's take a look at the toolbar running across the top of the window here. The Document toolbar contains several buttons and menus so that you do things like change the document view, set the page title, preview the page in a browser, and several other things. So, let's just work our way from left to right to get a brief overview what's available here. We'll get into more detail with many of these items later on.

The Document toolbar

Now let's turn our attention to the Document window and its toolbar. The Document window is the main window that you see right here. I'm just going to resize that a little bit so you can see it a little bit better. It's in the Document window where you will actually create your web pages. We'll be getting into some of the windows properties in the next movie. But first, let's take a look at the toolbar running across the top of the window here. The Document toolbar contains several buttons and menus so that you do things like change the document view, set the page title, preview the page in a browser, and several other things. So, let's just work our way from left to right to get a brief overview what's available here. We'll get into more detail with many of these items later on.

First, we have this group of three buttons. Code, Split, and Design. By default we're looking at our page in design view. This is the view that displays your page in what's called WYSIWYG mode, or What You See Is What You Get. Unless you're a coder, this is the view that you'll use most often because the Design view hides all the behind the scenes coding that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} is performing, and let's you concentrate on just laying out your page. And, it gives you a pretty accurate depiction of what your page will look like in an actual web browser. Now, of course the best way see how your page looks in a particular browser is to view it in that actual browser.

We'll get to that a little bit later. If you want to take a glance at the code, or if you want to go in and manually change the code if you know what you're doing, you can click the Code view button here. This displays all the code that creates your page. Notice that even with what appears to be a blank page in Design view, we already have a fair amount of necessary code that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} has written for us. The third view is Split view, which lets you see both the Code and the Design views in separate panes of the same window. What's nice here is that if you make a change in the Design pane, you'll see the code immediately update up here up top.

If I just type some text, notice that it appears right up here in Split view in the code. If you manually change the code, for instance if I delete that text, and I click back down there you'll see that the design view is now updated. Pretty cool. I should mention that there is another way in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} to simultaneously view both the Code and Design view. I have the option of selecting the Code Inspector from the Window menu. Window > Code Inspector. This opens the code in its own window, giving me a larger view of my actual page, so I don't have to share the window with the code in a split pane. I want to switch back to Design view here, I can just leave the code over here, and work in Design view and watch my code in the Code Inspector.

So, if you do prefer to work that way, just remember that the Code Inspector is available. Okay, so those are the three views that we have represented up here in the toolbar. Next we have the page title area. Text that you enter in this field appears at the top of the browser window, and is commonly used as the title for the page when someone bookmarks your page in a browser. So, you want to make sure to give each of your pages a good descriptive name. We'll talk about the importance of page titles more in the chapter on document basics. Next we have the File Management button. This lets you upload and download files from your web server to your computer, or vice versa. We haven't set up our web server settings yet, so I can't show you too much here.

Right now it's pretty much all grayed out. But, we'll get to uploading and downloading in the chapter on getting your site online. Next we have our Preview in Browser button, which launched your page in the browser of your choice so that you can see exactly what it'll look like in that particular browser. I'll show you how to set this up later in this chapter. The next button is the Refresh Design View button, which you can use if you've made some changes the page's code that haven't shown up in design view yet. If you go into Code, make a couple of changes and switch back to Design, and you don't see the changes, hit the Refresh button and you should see your changes then appear.

Next to that we have View Options, which lets you control several different options that modify the appearance of the view that you happen to be working in. Right now I'm in Design view, so I can choose to show head content, which are these items here, we'll talk about that later. If I don't want to see the rulers I can uncheck those. I can bring them back very easily. Or, if I'm working in Code view, and I hit that View Options menu again, you can see the options here have all changed. For instance, if I turn off Word Wrap you can see I now have to scroll left and right to see all of my code on screen. I generally like to keep that on. You can also turn Line Numbers on and off.

You can see the line numbers have disappeared there. If you switch to Split view, you see the options for both Design view and Code view down here. This is also where you can choose if you want to have your Design view on the top instead of on the bottom, or you could switch it back again. Incidentally, if you do use the Code Inspector that I was just talking about, you have the same View Options here as well. These are obviously just for the code view. Next to View Options we have our Visual Aids button, which lets you show and hide various things like table borders, image maps, layer outlines, and so on. I can't really show you any of those things right now because the page is empty, but we'll be using this menu occasionally as we go along. Basically, it's just useful for seeing borders of elements on your page that might not be so obvious by turning on certain borders or backgrounds that makes it much easier to see where certain sections of your page begin and end. Next to Visual Aids we have our Validate Markup button. This is a feature that was introduced in the previous version of {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} {italic}Dreamweaver 8,{plain} and this button lets you check your code for tag of syntax errors. You can choose to your Validate Current Document, or all of the pages in your side once your site is defined, or just selected files in your site.

If you select Settings {italic}Dreamweaver's{plain} Validator Preferences opens up, and you can choose what type of code your page should be validated against. Finally, we have our check browser compatibility button. This is a useful option that lets you validate your pages code to see how it will stand up in different browsers. From here you can go to Settings to determine which versions of which browsers you want to perform checks against. Once you have that set up, you can come in here and choose Check Browser Compatibility to do an on the spot check. So, that's a brief tour of the Document toolbar. It appears at the top of every single Document window and we'll be using a lot of the tools found here throughout the rest of the movies in this tutorial.

Next, we'll take a look at the actual Document window itself.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    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 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    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 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    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 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    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 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    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 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    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 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    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 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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