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Exploring the Code toolbar

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Video: Exploring the Code toolbar

While Dreamweaver has an impressive array of visual tools designed to help you create websites, what is often overlooked is that it has an equally impressive set of tools designed to help you write and edit code. In this chapter, I want to take a closer look at some of Dreamweaver's coding tools, so that you can author code in Dreamweaver in the most efficient manner. Now by the way, if you're a visual designer that's now moving into Web design, you might be tempted to skip this chapter and focus on the visual tools of Dreamweaver. I know that there's a lot of visual designers are out there that run at the first mention of the code.

Exploring the Code toolbar

While Dreamweaver has an impressive array of visual tools designed to help you create websites, what is often overlooked is that it has an equally impressive set of tools designed to help you write and edit code. In this chapter, I want to take a closer look at some of Dreamweaver's coding tools, so that you can author code in Dreamweaver in the most efficient manner. Now by the way, if you're a visual designer that's now moving into Web design, you might be tempted to skip this chapter and focus on the visual tools of Dreamweaver. I know that there's a lot of visual designers are out there that run at the first mention of the code.

I hope that you'll reconsider this for a couple of reasons. First, if you really want to be a Web designer, there's simply no getting around needing to learn HTML and CSS, and one of the best ways of learning them is to actually spend time writing them. Second, Dreamweaver's visual tools are quite impressive, but there is a limit as to what you can do with them. At some point you're going to want to do something that you simply can't do visually in Dreamweaver. When that happens, you will have to turn the writing code to get it done. Fortunately, Dreamweaver makes writing code just as quick and easy as it does everything else.

I want to first introduce you to the coding environment in Dreamweaver by showing off the Code toolbar. To do that, we're going to use a sample file here, I've got the index.htm file opened from the 05_01 folder, and you can see that I've got just the Code view. So I'm not doing Split view this time, just Code view, opened up and I've also minimized the Properties Inspector, so that we have more sort of vertical space so I can show off the coding toolbar. Now the Code toolbar is found just to the left of your line numbers, right over here and if you hover over at some of these icons, you'll get a little tooltip that tells you exactly what that icon does and what its functionality is.

Now throughout this chapter, we're going to be experimenting with a lot of those different features of the coding toolbar. So I really just want to sort of hit some of the highlights of them so you have an idea as to how the Code toolbar works. Okay, so I'm just going to scroll down in my code a little bit and one of the first things that you'll notice when you start writing code is that it can sometimes get a little tedious just to find what it is that you're looking for. You know if you're working on a very specific area and you need to go back to the top for something and then scroll back down again, it can become really difficult to sort of figure out where you are.

Let me give you an example. Let's say I was going to go all the way down to the footer and just work on the footer. Well, it would help me if I could just isolate that footer in terms of just looking at the footer itself. That's actually really easy to do using the coding toolbar. So if I click anywhere inside this footer down here at the bottom, I can go down to my tag selector and I can click the footer right there to select all of that code. Now as soon as I do that, I get these little handles that show up. Now these aren't officially part of the Code toolbar, but they have the same type of functionality, they allow me to collapse a series of code down and then expand that later on.

So you can sort of collapse code to hide it and then expand it later on when you need to work on it. Well, I mentioned wanting to isolate say just the footer and work on this, while the rest of the code is sort of minimized like that, right? Well, if I hover over the Code toolbar, I have a couple of collapsing options, I have a Collapse Selection and I have Collapse Full Tag. They're very similar in terms of their functionality. If I click on them, you'll notice that it's doing exactly the same things as lines were doing for me before, but this one gives me some options here. If for example, let me expand those back out and you can see that right here this little icon will go ahead and expand this back out.

If I hold down the Alt key, that'd be the Opt key on the Mac, and click that icon again, notice that that collapses everything except for the footer. So now I know that if I'm working on code and writing code, I've isolated the footer, I'm working on just the footer itself, and it helps sort of shorten the amount of code that I need to scroll through in order to find something which is really nice. Now anytime I want to expand something back out again, I have a couple of choices for doing that. One, I can click on the collapse section and click the plus (+) symbol beside it or I can come more right over here to the coding toolbar, click Expand All and that's going to expand that down again.

So you can see the coding toolbar makes a lot of the functionality within Dreamweaver very quick and very easy. Just to give you an overview of the different sections of the coding toolbar, we have our collapsible icons here that allow us to isolate code sections. And we have one of my favorite ones right here which is Select Parent Tag. If you click inside of a very complex structure such as this unordered list for example, if I click that, it's going to select the tag that I'm inside of. If I click it again, it's going to select that parent tag, if I click it again, it's going to select the parent tag that that's inside of and I can keep going all the way until I get to the body tag.

So if I want to know exactly what section an element is inside of, it's very easy for me to find that by simply clicking there and then clicking up until I get the appropriate section. Now I have that code isolated and I can begin to work with it or change that in some way as well. We have a section just below that that helps us spot errors in our code. I can turn Line Numbers on and off, Ican Highlight Invalid Code, of course I don't have any invalid code, so you're not going to see anything there. But as you're authoring code, if that's turned on and you write something that is invalid, you'll get a nice little underline. It's almost like Word, when you misspell something, so that's pretty cool.

You also have Syntax Error Alerts, you have the ability to apply comments, which we're going to play around with a little bit later on, manage files like CSS. We have the ability to indent code and change the indentation of our code and then we have this Format Source Code that we're going to be doing a little bit later on in a title as well. So that's a quick overview of the coding toolbar. Once again we're going to use a lot of this functionality throughout the chapter. So it's certainly not the last time that we're going to see it. So I want to encourage you to go over the coding toolbar, click on some of these icons, hover over them, see what they do, experiment with them, and by doing so you're not only going to get comfortable with the coding toolbar, you're also going to get a lot more comfortable within Dreamweaver's coding environment.

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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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