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Managing workspaces


Dreamweaver CS4 Essential Training

with James Williamson

Video: Managing workspaces

Managing workspaces provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by James Williamson as part of the Dreamweaver CS4 Essential Training
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  1. 1m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 14m 50s
    1. Basic site structure
      2m 16s
    2. What is an index page?
      1m 34s
    3. Current web design practices
      2m 21s
    4. What is XHTML?
      3m 9s
    5. What is Javascript?
      1m 38s
    6. What is CSS?
      1m 51s
    7. File naming conventions
      2m 1s
  3. 24m 0s
    1. The Welcome screen
      3m 33s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 7s
    3. The Application toolbar
      2m 34s
    4. The Document toolbar
      3m 0s
    5. Arranging panels
      4m 43s
    6. Managing workspaces
      4m 14s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      3m 49s
  4. 18m 27s
    1. Defining a new site
      4m 12s
    2. Managing sites
      3m 59s
    3. Managing files and folders
      6m 3s
    4. Setting a default browser
      4m 13s
  5. 15m 14s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 51s
    2. DOCTYPE declarations
      4m 44s
    3. New document preferences
      2m 37s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 2s
  6. 20m 14s
    1. XHTML structure
      2m 27s
    2. Structuring content
      4m 11s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 22s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      4m 11s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 3s
  7. 52m 5s
    1. Understanding style sheets
      1m 59s
    2. Anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 32s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      3m 56s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      6m 36s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      4m 51s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      4m 52s
    7. Understanding Element Selectors
      6m 4s
    8. Understanding Class Selectors
      5m 39s
    9. Understanding ID Selectors
      5m 35s
    10. Understanding Descendent Selectors
      5m 30s
    11. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 31s
  8. 1h 0m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      4m 33s
    2. Declaring font families
      6m 3s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      3m 57s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      6m 13s
    5. Controlling line height
      5m 26s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      6m 45s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      6m 1s
    8. Aligning text
      5m 25s
    9. Transforming text
      4m 27s
    10. Using the cascade to control styling
      11m 56s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 1s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      8m 30s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      3m 44s
    4. Placing images on the page
      7m 45s
    5. Modifying image properties
      8m 6s
    6. Customizing images through CSS
      6m 4s
    7. Photoshop integration
      5m 16s
    8. Setting external image editing preferences
      2m 7s
    9. Modifying Smart Objects
      4m 9s
    10. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      5m 45s
    11. Using background graphics
      5m 42s
  10. 31m 3s
    1. Link basics
      3m 10s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      1m 25s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      4m 55s
    4. Absolute links
      4m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      4m 26s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 49s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 16s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      4m 54s
  11. 39m 17s
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 19s
    2. Structuring with DIV tags
      8m 48s
    3. The Box Model
      5m 9s
    4. Understanding floats
      4m 42s
    5. Clearing and containing floats
      4m 47s
    6. Using relative positioning
      3m 7s
    7. Using absolute positioning
      5m 42s
    8. Using fixed postioning
      4m 43s
  12. 51m 26s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      4m 45s
    2. Importing tabular data
      4m 44s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      7m 39s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      2m 56s
    5. Basic table styling
      6m 36s
    6. Styling table headers
      5m 13s
    7. Styling column groups
      6m 30s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      4m 24s
    9. Adding user interactivity to tables
      5m 12s
    10. Styling table captions
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 3m
    1. How forms work
      3m 5s
    2. Reviewing form design
      2m 51s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      4m 50s
    4. Setting form properties
      3m 46s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      3m 7s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 7s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      4m 35s
    8. Inserting radio button groups
      4m 34s
    9. Inserting checkboxes
      3m 15s
    10. Inserting text areas
      3m 37s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 31s
    12. Styling form elements
      6m 57s
    13. Adding form interactivity
      4m 19s
    14. Using Spry validation widgets
      10m 26s
  14. 35m 51s
    1. Planning for templates
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a new template
      3m 51s
    3. Creating editable attributes
      4m 55s
    4. Creating new pages from a template
      4m 57s
    5. Applying templates to existing pages
      3m 18s
    6. Working with nested templates
      5m 47s
    7. Working with repeating regions
      5m 42s
    8. Modifying templates
      3m 21s
  15. 35m 32s
    1. Behaviors overview
      2m 43s
    2. Getting more behaviors
      4m 44s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 6s
    4. Hiding and showing elements
      6m 7s
    5. Spry overview
      3m 3s
    6. Using Spry widgets
      5m 19s
    7. Adding Spry widgets
      3m 12s
    8. Using Live View and Related Files
      3m 18s
  16. 22m 1s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      3m 59s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      4m 18s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      3m 19s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 55s
    5. Adding Flash video
      3m 30s
  17. 22m 57s
    1. Using the History palette
      3m 45s
    2. Saving history steps with commands
      2m 59s
    3. Creating library items
      4m 55s
    4. Updating library items
      5m 2s
    5. Using Find and Replace
      6m 16s
  18. 23m 50s
    1. The Code toolbar
      4m 35s
    2. Setting code preferences
      4m 24s
    3. Using code hints
      6m 1s
    4. Adding comments
      5m 8s
    5. Finding syntax errors
      3m 42s
  19. 20m 31s
    1. Running sitewide reports
      4m 9s
    2. Checking for broken links
      3m 10s
    3. Validating markup
      1m 52s
    4. Checking for browser compatibility
      3m 14s
    5. Entering remote information
      2m 6s
    6. Synchronizing sites
      3m 26s
    7. Updating and publishing files
      2m 34s
  20. 14s
    1. Goodbye

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To get the most out of Dreamweaver CS4, it's important not only to master the application, but also to understand fundamental concepts of modern web design. James Williamson teaches just that in Dreamweaver CS4 Essential Training, covering everything from site structure to the value of standards-compliant XHTML and CSS. He shows how to create clean and accessible code in Dreamweaver, as well as how to publish compelling content. James demonstrates how to use a variety of techniques for adding interactivity, creating and styling forms and tables, and saving time with templates. He explains the benefits of using programs like Word and Photoshop to speed up workflow, and shows how to publish and manage finished sites. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding current web design practices
  • Learning and customizing the Dreamweaver interface
  • Adding text and structure to an XHTML document
  • Implementing layouts and designs with CSS
  • Controlling all aspects of typographic presentation
  • Working with images, Flash, and video
  • Using behaviors and Spry widgets
James Williamson

Managing workspaces

Frequently you'll be switching back and forth between tasks in Dreamweaver. Some days you might be doing heavy coding while other days you might be working with dynamic data or CSS layout. Often this will require using panels and tool bar layout that differ from each other significantly. Rather than having to constantly open and close panels and re- arrange them, we can use Workspaces to quickly switch between interface setups and even create our own when the presets don't suit our needs. The easiest ways is to access your Workspaces are to use the Workspace switcher right up here on the Application tool bar. If I click on this, I can see that I have a lot of presets, some for application developers, Classic view that helps mimic the last version of the Dreamweaver, the Coder view, the Designer view all switches are really fun stuff.

When working in one of these workspace layouts, you might do something to customize it little bit. So, for example here, I might decide that I want to float the CSS Style panel for whatever reason. And I can continue to work now and switch between workspaces and I switch back to Designer for example, notice that it sort of resets everything to where it supposed to be in Designer but here is something that's really curious about this. If I go back to Classic, it doesn't go to the default Classic view. It remembers that I have un-docked the CSS Styles panel when I'm in Classic.

Now this memory only persist for this session but this is really nice because if I go to Classic view and decide that there is just something that I don't like, for example if I don't like the split screen view or in this case the CSS Styles panel floating, I can set those out and then knowing that every time I go back to the Classic Workspace it remember this. Now what if I do something that I didn't mean to do? Maybe I'm going to un-dock the AP Elements as well and maybe dock those guys together and then I realize that's a mistake. Well here is something that you can do as well. I can go right back up to the Workspace switcher and and I choose to Reset the Classic Workspace. When I do that it goes right back to Dreamweaver's default version of the Classic Workspace. So it's really flexible and really customizable.

Speaking of customizing, you can create your own workspaces. Something that I do very frequently in Dreamweaver is run test on my site as I'm working. You notice if I go up to my Workspace switcher, there is really nothing here for testing so we are going to create our own. I'm going up to my menu and I'm going to go to Window and I'm going to go down and I want to find my Results grouping. And here we have Site Reports and all sorts of things that you can do when your checking and testing your sites. I'm going to go ahead and click on that. By default it sort of docks them below my Properties inspector and that causes again a lot of screen real estate to be taken up. So I'm going to grab the gray bar here and un-dock them and sort of float them out. Now when I float these guys out, maybe I want some of them but not all of them. For example maybe I don't need the Search and the Reference. I just want run some Reports. So I can grab those and un dock them and close them. So here we are customizing these a good bit.

So now all we have left in this sort of floating panel grouping it's going to be running Reports as Validation, Browser Compatibility, just stuff that we are going to using for testing. So I will go up to my Workspace switcher and I'm going to tell that I want to create a new Workspace. When I do that, I'm just going to go ahead and name this whatever I want, I'm going to name it Testing because that's what I'm going to using this for. So now that we have our new Workspace created, this is saved within Dreamweaver and every time I open up Dreamweaver, I'm going to have access to this workspace and that's really really nice. So now I can go up to my workspace switcher and I can go back to say Classic for a moment, to Reset Classic. I could go to Designer and notice that at the very top of this order is my custom workspaces. So your presets will be below your custom. So your custom Workspaces are always a little easier to find. Then I click on Testing and there go, we go right back to our Testing setup.

By using Workspaces, you can switch from task to task in Dreamweaver without spending a lot of time re-arranging panels and re-setting views. My advice is to take some time, once you start using Dreamweaver, notice how frequently you find yourself opening and closing certain panels. If you frequently open and close specific panels based on common task consider building a workspace around them so that you don't have to keep doing that on a day-to-day basis.

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Q: In Dreamweaver CS4, is it possible – or recommended –  to use a table within a form, in order to line up the fields?
A: Using tables to layout forms is a common web design practice. There are drawbacks to doing so, because it reduces the accessibility of the form, but many, many designers use this technique. There are many ways to layout forms using CSS that don't require tables (see Chapter 8, "Styling Forms" in the Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS Essential Training title), but the forms will work fine should one choose to do so.
Q: How do I direct a link to an FLV movie to open in new browser window, using Dreamweaver CS4?
A: To link to an FLV in a new browser window, create a separate HTML page with nothing but the Flash video on it. Set the video to “autoplay = true”, since clicking the link will be all the input needed by the viewer to play the video. Align the video to the center of the page. (Use a div tag and center the div tag on the page). Make sure the new window opens to the size of the video player, making sure to allow for the browser;'s title bar, menus, chrome, etc. Also, if desired, offset the video byadding left="" and top="" attributes to the behavior. Enter the pixel amount for left and top offset or the window will always open aligned to the top left of the screen.
Q: The author states that the Mac OS version of Dreamweaver CS4 does not support the direct insertion of Word files, and that copy and pasting text from a Word file will format the text as links. How does one add and format text in Dreamweaver CS4 on a Mac, without turning the text into links?
A: Although the Mac version of Dreamweaver does not support the direct insertion of Word files, you can copy and paste from Word into Dreamweaver (as is recommended in the tutorial for Mac users). To control how the text is formatted, go to Dreamweaver > Preferences and select the Copy/Paste category. From there, Mac users can access the same controls that Windows users get when inserting a Word file. Just remember to select the proper preference before copying and pasting from Word.
Q: Is there any way to change a nested template from a two column structure to a single column structure? As explained in the "Working with nested templates" video, it appears that the nested template must maintain the same basic structure as the main template. If one is using a template with a header, footer, main content area, and sidebar, is it possible to create a template without the sidebar?
A: Making these changes is possible, and there are a few ways of doing it. First, one could make the sidebar an optional region. For info on that, check out the “Creating optional regions” video of the Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training title. (The technique works the same in CS5 and CS4).

However, the layout also needs to be changed (switched from a two column to a single column layout, for example), and that can be a bit tougher. Since layout is controlled through CSS, usually what's done is this: There is usually a class assigned to a top level tag (such as the body or the wrapper div) that control the other areas on the page. For pages without the sidebar, one could apply the template, not add the optional sidebar region, and have the class on the body tag be an editable attribute. Then, a class such as "singleCol" or "multiCol" could be assigned, based on which layout is needed.

The other approach is to use multiple templates, but the problem there is how to update them. Nested templates could be used to build a version with the sidebar, which would help ease the updating process, but, overall, the recommend method is to use the first approach or a combination of the two.
Q: Upon selecting Edit in Flash for a SWF in Dreamweaver CS4, an error message appears that says:

Unable to launch Macintosh HD: Applications:Adobe Extension Manager CS4:Adobe Flash CS4:Adobe Flash Please be sure that this application exists and that there is enough memory to run it.

Ctrl-clicking the SWF in the Design view and choosing Go to source file from the contextual menu and then selecting the FLA file from the list will enable the Edit button, but the file opens in Flash independently and not via Dreamweaver. What is causing this error?
A: Unfortunately, Dreamweaver's round-trip workflow is somewhat buggy, so there are several possible explanations.

 The exercise files are not structured the same way a normal website would be, so redefining sites and moving files around as you do from lesson to lesson can cause problems.

Usually the Edit button will be grayed out if Dreamweaver doesn't know where the original FLA file is located (as can happen when they are in different directories). This can also happen if the FLA and the SWF have different names. ("file1.fla" publishs "mymovie.swf" for example.)

One possible solution is to set the source in the Properties Inspector. Another is to re-establish the link to the source file via the point-to-file icon. If the problem persists, browse for the FLA file if prompted by Dreamweaver. This should establish a link between the SWF and the FLA file.

Unlike the PSD integration, Dreamweaver does not import the FLA file, but the SWF, so Dreamweaver has to be able to "see" the source FLA file in order to make the round-tripping work. As the files are moved around between multiple programs, they go through several rounds of compression. This alone can cause features like this to result in an error.

To test if the problem is with the system and not the software, delete the SWF file from the page, re-import it using the Insert panel or menu, and then save the page. This should clear out any caching problems with the old SWF file and re-establish the link.
Q: I am unable to recreate the exercise enabling me to make new CSS rules for the body and header text, as shown in "Understanding Element Selectors." The headers don't update after I enter the H1 rule.
A: The most likely explanation is that the wrong option is selected in the CSS Rule Definition dialog. Make sure the pull-down menu says Tag for the selector type, not Compound, which it tends to default to. That should resolve the problem, and all for new CSS styles to be created. 

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