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Managing workspaces


Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training

with James Williamson

Video: Managing workspaces

It is very common to switch back and forth between tasks in Dreamweaver. On one occasion you might be working heavily in code, while other days you might be working with dynamic data, or building your CSS Layout. Often, this is going to require using panels and toolbar layouts that differ from each other significantly. Rather than having to constantly open and close panels and rearrange them, we can use workspaces to quickly switch between interface setups and even create your own when the presets don't suit our needs. So as you've probably seen in a couple of movies so far, we have these preset workspaces.
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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye

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In Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor James Williamson explores the tools and techniques of Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe's web design and development software. This course covers both the ins and outs of Dreamweaver, as well as recommended best practices for crafting new web sites and files, the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and how to ensure clean and accessible code. The course also includes how to use tools in Dreamweaver to create and style web pages, manage multiple sites, and add user interactivity with widgets and scripting. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Defining and structuring a new site
  • Creating new web documents from scratch or from templates
  • Adding and formatting text
  • Understanding style sheet basics
  • Placing and styling images
  • Creating links to internal pages and external web sites
  • Controlling page layout with CSS
  • Building and styling forms
  • Reusing web content with templates
  • Adding interactivity
  • Working with Flash and video
James Williamson

Managing workspaces

It is very common to switch back and forth between tasks in Dreamweaver. On one occasion you might be working heavily in code, while other days you might be working with dynamic data, or building your CSS Layout. Often, this is going to require using panels and toolbar layouts that differ from each other significantly. Rather than having to constantly open and close panels and rearrange them, we can use workspaces to quickly switch between interface setups and even create your own when the presets don't suit our needs. So as you've probably seen in a couple of movies so far, we have these preset workspaces.

You can switch back and forth between them pretty easily, and if you've changed anything dramatically from one workspace to the next, let's say, I go in Designers, for example, and for whatever reason, undock my CSS Styles. Well, if I switch back to Designer, guess what? It's going to remember that it's right there, but anytime I want, I can go up to Designer, and I can go ahead and reset that. Then I'm just going to switch back on Design view here. One of the things that you may have noticed, when you're resetting your workspace, that there is the ability to create a new workspace, okay.

So if none of these workspaces are exactly what you need for your current task, you can go ahead and build your own. And what I want to do now is play around with the interface a little bit, and have that result in a brand-new workspace that I'm going to be using for the rest of the title. There's a certain way that I really like to use Dreamweaver, and I tend to go ahead and set that up whenever I open up a new copy of it, or wherever I am on somebody else's machine, so the ability to save a new workspace is really handy, because I only have to do that really once. All right.

I'm actually going to start with the Classic workspace, so a lot of times you can take one of the existing workspaces, and just kind of build off of that a little bit. You'll notice, in the Classic workspace, the Insert panel is no longer in the panel dock. It's docked right up here in its own little toolbar. I love that because even though it does take up a little bit more screen real estate that way, those icons are a lot easier to access, and I don't have to do a lot of scrolling. So I kind of like having them up there. Now the next thing that I like to do is to kind of play around a little bit with my panel dock.

For example, we have Databases, Bindings, and Server Behaviors. Well, if I'm not really using those all that much, don't really need them. So I can take this grouping and close it. One of the easiest ways to do that is if you go right over here to this little pulldown menu, I can choose Close Tab Group, and that's a very quick and easy way to close any groupings that you're not currently working with. Now, if you want to open up some panels that aren't currently open, remember we can go right up to Window. We can see all of the panels that are available to us, and we can choose which ones we want to open up.

Right now, I've got almost all of the panels that I want open, but there is one panel grouping that I really use a lot, and I want to go ahead and get that opened. If I go down through the Window menu, I can find one area called Results. This has Search, Reference, Browser Compatibility, FTP Log. So there are some really valuable panels in here for your day-to-day tasks within Dreamweaver. So I'm going to go ahead and open that up, and you're going to see why a lot of people don't keep it open all the time. It takes up a lot of room.

Look at this thing. It's down here at the bottom. Its default position is to dock at the very bottom of the screen. But here we have Search. We have our Reference guides, our Code Validation, Browser Compatibility checks, Link Checkers. There is a lot of really cool panels in here, and I like being able to access all of that power and have that open while I'm working. But, of course, the downside is, as we mentioned before, it takes up a lot of screen real estate, so what's the solution? The solution is we can create our own dock using the Properties Inspector.

Properties Inspector is probably the single most powerful panel in Dreamweaver. It allows you quick access to the HTML, and CSS-based properties of whatever it is you're currently working on. Chances are that's a panel that you're going to want to have opened all the time inside Dreamweaver. So notice that what I can do here is I can grab the tab of the Properties panel, and I can drag it down until I see a nice blue outline all the way around your panel grouping just underneath that. It may take a little work so, just kind of hover until you see that. Now, as soon as you see that blue outline, you just let to, and now the Properties Inspector becomes docked with all those other panels.

Notice that that's really not taking up any more screen real estate than what we had before. Now the downside is that the Properties Inspector is now all the way over on the right side, so you can see on these tabs, it takes a little bit longer to get to it. Well, that's okay too, because in any panel grouping, doesn't matter whether it is in the dock or when it's in the horizontal dock - it really doesn't matter - you can select the tab and simply drag it to the left, so that it shows up in the order that you want it. I just kind of like having the Properties Inspector being the first tab, so I'm going to grab that tab and drag it all the way over.

So we've done a good bit of modification here. The Insert toolbar is now at the very top of our window. The Properties Inspector is now docked with a lot of other properties that are going to give us quick and easy access to a lot of the functions we need to perform. And our dock is kind of cleaned up. We don't have a lot going on in there, except for our CSS grouping, and our Files panel grouping, which is going to make it a little bit cleaner, and a little bit easier to access some of those features without a lot of clutter. Okay, so I want to save this. I don't want to have to reset this every single time I come into Dreamweaver. Oh, and one more thing, your Design View, whether you're in Code View, Split View, which we're in now, our Design View, matters when you save a workspace.

I'm going to click on Design view because I kind of like that being my default view. If I want to go to Split View or Code View, it's pretty easy for me to do, but everytime I switch my workspace, I'd really like to see that Design view. So you want to make sure that that is set before you save a workspace as well. Okay. So now I'm ready to go ahead and save this workspace. So I'm going to go right up here to my workspace switcher, grab that pulldown menu, and I'm going to choose New Workspace. And I'm going to name this one the thing that I always name it. I'm going to call it The James, click OK, and now you can see the workspace up here is The James Workspace, because it is, after all, my favorite workspace in Dreamweaver.

Now, at this point, I can grab that workspace switcher, and I noticed something. Any custom workspaces that I've created show up at the very top of the list. That's really nice, because now I don't have to search through all the presets. I know that any of my workspaces are going to be at the very top. Notice again, I can continue to jump back and forth between Designer, Classic or my very own workspace. Now your workspaces have the same capabilities as the presets. So if for some reason you came in and decided to come in and kind of modify it a little bit or move some things around, at anytime you can come right back to your workspace switcher, and say Reset, and it will take you right back to the very saved version of that.

Now, you could also go into Manage Workspaces, and this would allow you to rename or delete any workspaces that you had created. I like what I have got, so I'm just going to go ahead and click OK there. Now remember, workspaces give us the ability to switch from task to task in Dreamweaver without spending a lot of time rearranging panels and resetting views. My advice to you would be to be very absorbent as you start using Dreamweaver. Watch out. Frequently, you'll find yourself opening and closing specific panels or accessing specific groups. If you find yourself constantly going back and arranging the same panels over and over based on common tasks, well, consider building a workspace around those panels.

You'll find that it is the small things, like utilizing workspaces, that will dramatically speed up your workflow in Dreamweaver.

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Q: After creating a website following the instructions in the course, the header background graphic appears correctly in all browsers except Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7.  The graphic works properly in IE 8. What can be done to make the graphics appear in IE 6 and IE 7?
A: To make the header background graphic appear, wrap the header div tag in another div tag and give it an ID like “mainHeader.” The problem stems from a bug in Internet Explorer that prevents the browser from dealing with absolutely positioned elements that are right next to relatively positioned elements.  Following the steps above should solve the problem.
Q: In the tutorial, the author links the Tool Tip to the word "More" at the bottom of the thumbnail photo field. I can't figure out how to place the <a> "More" on the thumbnail photo field.
A: In the example, there is a paragraph that wraps an <img> tag and the word "More," which is surrounded by an anchor tag (<a>). The author uses CSS to make sure the parent div tag of the thumbs floats to the left, and is only wide enough for the image. This causes the link text to break down onto another line. Then, the instructor uses CSS to align the link text to the right of the <img>. The link itself is a void JavaScript function, ( javascript();). This gives you a "dummy" link without returning you to the top of the page as the "#" dummy link tends to do.
If you were manually typing the text in, you could select the image, hit the right arrow button, and begin typing. The text should then appear on screen.
Q: In this movie, you are making changes to the HTML in order to customize the text layout on your page (i.e. h1, h2, and h3 tags as well as strong and em tags). I'm wondering why you are not using CSS to do this (i.e. font-size, font-weight). Do you typically use one method, or is it customary to do use both in a layout, and if so, what guidelines would you suggest to determine which to use when?
A: We modify the page's structure through the use of h1, h2, and other heading tags. So when we are choosing heading levels, we're not concerning ourselves with typography; we're establishing page structure. A heading is chosen to denote the level of importance for the heading, not typography.
CSS should always be used for presentation, not HTML.
Q: In the “Understanding ID selectors” movie, the author states that only one ID tag can be used per page, but then he adds two ID tags. Can you please clarify this for me?
A: You can use as many IDs per page as you wish. They just must all use a unique name. Therefore if you assign an element the ID of "header" no other element on THAT page may use the same ID.
Q: I noticed that in this course, the instructor uses this code on his CSS external sheet: @charset "UTF-8"; I was under the impression that this code wasn't necessary. The site is unclear on the matter. Is it necessary? Is it a best practice? Is it an older form of CSS?
A: The characterset attribute is added automatically by Dreamweaver, and there’s no practical reason to remove it. While it's not needed (the HTML page should indicate which encoding to use for the page) it is helpful if the CSS file is ever imported or used on a page where the characterset isn't specified. Think of it as a safety net for characterset encoding. Not necessary, but not harmful either.
Q: I need to add captions below images that I insert in pages of text. I played all the lessons in Chapter 5 (Adding Text and Structure) but none dealt with captions. I hope the author has an answer or can refer me to a source.
A: In HTML 4 and XHTML 1 (which is what Dreamweaver CS5 uses by default), there wasn't really a way to add captions below your photos. Most web authors would "fake" captions by having paragraphs of text below their images and using CSS to position and style the captions in the desired manner. Many would use a class such as .imgCaption to control the styling. To do this you would essentially position the text underneath the image through CSS (often by grouping the image and the paragraph in a div tag) and italicizing the text.

However in HTML5, there are new elements that allow us to associate images and their captions, the figure and figcaption element. Our author James Williamson just finished a course on HTML5: Syntax, Structure, and Semantics which details how to use it.

HTML5 Doctor also has a nice article on the figure and figcaption elements at
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