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Formatting source code


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Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training

with James Williamson

Video: Formatting source code

When you're coding pages it's not always easy to keep everything neat and pretty. Not only that, but if you copying and pasting code from one location to the next or inserting items to your code through some of Dreamweaver's automated features, there's no guarantee that the code is going to be formatted exactly as you want. Well, that's where Dreamweaver's Source Code Formatting option comes in. In this movie I want to take a closer look at that. Now I have the Index file open from the 05_07 and one of the reasons why I point that out to you is if I scroll through the code, you can see it just doesn't look as good as the code has in previous titles. Look at this.
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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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Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training
9h 24m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Discover how to build web sites, prototypes, and more in this course on Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. Author James Williamson shows designers how to take control of their site by properly naming and structuring files and folders; how to create new documents and web pages from scratch or with starter pages; and how to add content such as text, images, tables, and links. James also provides a background on the languages that power projects built in Dreamweaver—HTML and CSS—and introduces the programming features in the application, for developers who want to dig right into the code. The last chapter shows how to finesse your project with interactive content such as CSS3 transitions and Spry widgets.

Topics include:
  • Choosing and customizing a workspace
  • Defining a new site
  • Uploading files to your site
  • Creating new documents and web pages
  • Formatting source code
  • Working with CSS
  • Placing images and background graphics
  • Creating links
  • Styling a basic table
  • Creating a web form with buttons, check boxes, and list menus
  • Adding Spry effects
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Formatting source code

When you're coding pages it's not always easy to keep everything neat and pretty. Not only that, but if you copying and pasting code from one location to the next or inserting items to your code through some of Dreamweaver's automated features, there's no guarantee that the code is going to be formatted exactly as you want. Well, that's where Dreamweaver's Source Code Formatting option comes in. In this movie I want to take a closer look at that. Now I have the Index file open from the 05_07 and one of the reasons why I point that out to you is if I scroll through the code, you can see it just doesn't look as good as the code has in previous titles. Look at this.

I've got a huge thing of white space there. Now that's actually not going to keep the code from displaying properly. Browsers will parse that code just fine, but it's really hard to work with. You know, imagine trying to work through this menu structure right here when you don't have any line breaks and the codes are not formatted properly. So one of the things that you can do is just with a single-click of the button you can reestablish the formatting option that you want. Now if I go up to my Preferences, I'm going to bring up Preferences again. Remember, we have this Code Format preference and this allows us to control exactly how much Indentation is happening, when it happens, the Size of the Tab that's used to ended this, all of the Code Formatting options in terms of whether tag should be lowercase or uppercase. That sort of thing. So you have a lot of options right in here that you can set.

All right, I'm going to go ahead and click OK, and what I'm going to do is just with a single click I'm going to go down to the bottom of my Code toolbar. I can see this little Paint Bucket icon. I think they stole that from Photoshop. Don't tell anybody on the Photoshop team, but I think they snagged it from those guys. All right, I am going to click on this and I can see right here I have the Apply Source Formatting option, Now I also have what you were just looking at which is the Code Format Settings there as well, so if you don't want to go up to your Preferences you can access it directly from the Code Toolbar there. So when I click Apply Source Formatting, boom! Automagically, look at that.

We get all of our formatting back, we don't have any more of those really ugly awful spaces and our code becomes once again pretty and easy to use. Now there is actually several different creative ways that you can use this. For example, when I go to over to my main.css file, everything in the CSS looks fine. This is easy to work with, it's easy to author, each of the properties are on their own line, so it's really easy to read the code and work on it, but this is maybe not the best way to actually distribute the code. You know, when you're working on larger sites, for example, every little bit of bandwidth helps.

So one of things that people recommend doing is minifying your code, meaning sort of removing all these extra spaces and line breaks, removing all that and then g-zipping it. Well minifying your code, there's a lot of script out there that they will do that for you, but one of the nice things about Dreamweaver is we have certain options for CSS that we can apply with a simple click of the Source Formatting options. Let me show you. If I go back up to my Format Source Code and I click on my Code Format Settings, there's a little setting here for CSS. If I click on that I can start to turn things off like Indentation. I can turn off Each property on its own separate line.

I can turn off All selectors for a rule on same line, but I actually kind of like that, because that does save me some space. And I can turn off Blank lines between rules. So I can start to sort of reduce the amount of space this is taking up. I'm going to close out of that and notice for example that right now my CSS takes up a total of 671 lines. Well, if I come in and apply those new Source Formatting options to my CSS, notice I've reduced that all the way down to 168 lines, that's a significant savings. So I can save this file and then upload this and have this with the CSS that's live online, because frankly our browser parse is just fine and doesn't have trouble reading it.

You and I might have trouble reading it, but a browser doesn't. And the thing is if I ever need to work on this again, you are like, wow, what if you need to work on it again, I mean how is that going to help you? Well, again, you just go right back to your Code Format Settings, you go right back in and you start turning all of these things on that you just turned off again, and as soon as you do that, click OK, you can come right back here, apply the Source Formatting once again, and now you can read that. It's also extremely helpful if you're ever downloading some Libraries; JavaScript Libraries or External CSS Template files that have been minified.

You can open those up in Dreamweaver, apply your Source Formatting options to it and it becomes a lot easier to work with. So those are your Source Code Formatting options inside of Dreamweaver. Be sure to take advantage of them to keep your code maintainable, organized, and easy to author and read.

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