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Getting more behaviors


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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Getting more behaviors

Even though {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} comes with a good selection of behaviors found in the Behaviors Panel, for the most part, generally they're pretty basic behaviors. There are lots of useful ones, but they're pretty basic, and you might eventually find yourself at a point where you're looking for a page to be able to perform a certain action that's a little bit more complex, and it might take a lot of time for you to do by hand. Fortunately, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} behaviors again, are just JavaScript, and there are tons of JavaScript experts out there who have taken their own time to create an army of JavaScript behaviors specifically for use in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} There's actually a very sizable third-party market for {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} extensions, and Adobe is well aware of this.
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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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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
10h 22m Beginner Apr 16, 2007

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In Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, instructor Garrick Chow delves into the many powerful features of the latest version of this powerful web design application. He covers everything from the simplest basics of using Dreamweaver CS3 to applying it to develop a fully interactive, accessible site. Garrick explains the new interface features, and demonstrates how to create, edit, manage, design, and publish a professional website with Dreamweaver CS3 and complementary applications. Exercise files accompany the training.

Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Garrick Chow

Getting more behaviors

Even though {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} comes with a good selection of behaviors found in the Behaviors Panel, for the most part, generally they're pretty basic behaviors. There are lots of useful ones, but they're pretty basic, and you might eventually find yourself at a point where you're looking for a page to be able to perform a certain action that's a little bit more complex, and it might take a lot of time for you to do by hand. Fortunately, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} behaviors again, are just JavaScript, and there are tons of JavaScript experts out there who have taken their own time to create an army of JavaScript behaviors specifically for use in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} There's actually a very sizable third-party market for {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} extensions, and Adobe is well aware of this.

If you're looking for a particular behavior that just doesn't appear in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} you want to head over to the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange. You can get there by clicking the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange link in the Welcome Screen, or by going to the Commands menu, and choosing Get More Commands, or if you have an open document, you can come into the Behaviors button, and choose Get More Behaviors. In each case, you'll be taken to the Adobe Exchange. You can see here we are in the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange, and these are all extensions that you can add into {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and there are literally hundreds, and hundreds of extensions that have been written by JavaScript experts. You can choose through several different categories. Here are the ones that Adobe has picked as very useful. We can choose All, or we can go by category. If I want a behavior for Tables, or a behavior for Navigation, I can select any one of these items, and browse through the behaviors. If I can't quite find what I'm looking for this way, I can choose Search Exchanges, and that allows me to search through all the different Exchanges for not just {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} but for {italic}Fireworks,{plain} and {italic}Flash,{plain} and {italic}Illustrator,{plain} and so on. In this case, I'm going to look for {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Extensions, and let's say I wanted to find a behavior that allows me to close the browser window. In the first movie of this chapter, we saw that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} includes a behavior for opening a browser window, but there's no way to create a link that allows users to close a browser window. We just have to rely on them to actually click the close button in the browser.

Let's look in here, and see what we have typing "close window", click Search. And we have 16 results as we can see up here. More, and more of these {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} extensions that you come across are for sale. The authors are actually asking that you pay a nominal fee for these, but if you scroll through here, you'll occasionally find ones that are marked Download, which indicate that they're free. Notice also that some of the dates of these items go way back. This last one here goes all the way back to the year 2000. But that's actually okay, in many cases, because these behaviors are written in JavaScript, and Java script really hasn't changed since backed then. So, I'll just find, let's see, we've got this one Close Browser Window, which is a free download. We can click on it for more information, and it says "This extension allows the user to insert a 'Close Browser Window' link in the page.

(Please note this extension will not work in IE3)". We probably don't have to worry about Internet Explorer 3. I'm going to download this, and give it a try. If you're downloading from the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange, you do need to have an Adobe ID, which I do in this case. And you can sign-up for free ID, and it's not like they're going to spam you or anything. They just need to know your e-mail address. I'll type in my password here. Click continue, and that was really quick. It's just a 3.2 K download.

I can see it's downloaded already, and it's out here on my desktop. If I look in my Applications folder, I can see that there's a program in here called Adobe Extension Manager. This is installed when you install {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} This is actually a separate program that allows you to manage, install, and remove any of these third-party extensions that you may have downloaded. I'm going to double-click on this file, and notice that it opens up the Adobe Extension Manager, and we can read through the normal boiler plate. I'll say OK, accept, and it tells me that "The 'Close Browser Window' extension has been successfully installed".

I'll close that, and this is important down here, it actually tells me where this extension is located. It tells me that I can "Access this object from the Goodies in the Objects palette". Because this was created for an older version of {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} it still says "Objects palette", and now these days it means the Insert bar. I go ahead, and close this, and I probably won't see it right away in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} I don't so I'm going to close {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and restart it. I'll come down here, and restart {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} If I look up at my Insert bar, notice I have this Close Window area here, which was not in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} before.

What I can do now, is say go back, and open up this azul.html page, and maybe I'll just come to the right of the teacloud azul image there. Shift + Enter to add some text, and I'll click that new object that we found in here, and notice here it says Link text. Now, I'll just say "Close Window", click on OK, and there we have a link. Notice that it just this JavaScript called "window close". If you want to, you can select this text, and we'll just make this a little bit smaller, like so. I'll save that page, and I'm going to go back, open up the kettlesandteapots file we were working on in the first movie of this chapter, and let's see how this works. Preview this, click on that link.

Noticed that I now have this Close Window link here when I click it, sure enough it closes the window for me. I've now added some additional functionality to my Open Browser Window behavior by adding a Close Window behavior. That's just one tiny example of some of extensions you can find on the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange, on the Adobe web site, and that's not all, there are actually several JavaScript authors out there who host their own web sites, and extension libraries. For example, we have Massimo's Corner, and in here you'll find lots of different extensions written by this guy. You can see here under {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Extensions, he has ColdFusion extensions, JavaScript, Productivity, Utilities, and so on. I can click on any one of these to see the extensions he's written for {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} For instance, here is one that sets the behaviors to "open, control, and manipulate Browsers Windows", but you can just browse through here, to see what sort of extensions are available, and if you like them, you can download them.

Another very popular {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Extension location is at yaromat.com/dw, and in here again, you can check for all sorts of different {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Extensions. One that I particularly like here, is the CHECK FORM MX. This "'Check Form' offers much more than the native DW behavior". Basically, if you remember in the previous movie, we had that Validate Form behavior that we used. That basically will only let you work with text areas, or text fields. This particular behavior allows you to validate Menus, and Lists, and Radios, and Checkboxes so, if you're really concerned about making sure that your forms are validated properly, you might want to download this extension. As you can see, there are a ton of available extensions for {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} If you start getting to the point where you're find yourself perhaps, limited by the built-in behaviors of {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} then feel free to venture out on the Web, and find out what other extensions are available.

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