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The Properties Inspector

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Video: The Properties Inspector

The Properties inspector can almost be seen as Dreamweaver's central hub when modifying page and object properties. You can find it just below your document window usually docked at the very bottom of the page. So it's located right down here at the bottom of my window. It's contextually sensitive. So it changes to display the properties of any object you're currently focused on, notice if I Click the image, I see my image properties but if I Click inside my heading, I get to see the properties of that particular heading. In CS4 the Properties inspector is actually split into two inspectors, the HTML and the CSS, and you can access those by Clicking on the HTML tab or the CSS tab respectively. The HTML Inspector allows you to control the properties of HTML elements on the page, while the CSS Properties inspector allows you to create and edit existing styles. I have got the index_start.html page open from our Chapter 2 exercise files and right now I'm going to focus on the HTML Properties and we will explore a little bit about what it can do.

The Properties Inspector

The Properties inspector can almost be seen as Dreamweaver's central hub when modifying page and object properties. You can find it just below your document window usually docked at the very bottom of the page. So it's located right down here at the bottom of my window. It's contextually sensitive. So it changes to display the properties of any object you're currently focused on, notice if I Click the image, I see my image properties but if I Click inside my heading, I get to see the properties of that particular heading. In CS4 the Properties inspector is actually split into two inspectors, the HTML and the CSS, and you can access those by Clicking on the HTML tab or the CSS tab respectively. The HTML Inspector allows you to control the properties of HTML elements on the page, while the CSS Properties inspector allows you to create and edit existing styles. I have got the index_start.html page open from our Chapter 2 exercise files and right now I'm going to focus on the HTML Properties and we will explore a little bit about what it can do.

So I'm going to scroll down my page a little bit and I can see that here I have On our site you'll find and then I have got some listings. Well this would make a much better list than individual paragraphs. So what I'm going to do is just highlight all those paragraphs and on the HTML Properties inspector, I have got a little icon that allows me to create Unordered List. So I just like that I Click on that and I get a list, very simple, very easy. If I Click in the paragraph above that, I can also change whether this is a paragraph or maybe some other structural element. So I'm going to grab the pull down menu that right nows says Paragraph and I will make that Heading 3. So again, you can see, I'm doing a lot of formatting changes here simply by changing the structure of the document.

If I highlight the text you're here and using the HTML Properties inspector, Click the Italic button, it doesn't write a new style, it adds a new tag. You can see, right down here on the Tag inspector at the very bottom of my document window, I now have a tag which I didn't have before. Most browsers render emphasis text as Italics so that's what the Bold and Italic button does for us. It puts in a Strong tag or an Emphasis tag respectively. Now if I switch over to the CSS panel, now I'm seeing the properties of the Cascading Style Sheet controlling the content. I'm going to scroll up and Click inside my first paragraph. Instead of seeing all of my HTML settings, I can see that I'm targeting the rule #mainContent P. So I'm actually targeting the CSS that's controlling this paragraph.

If I were to do something like change the color of it, for example, I'm just going go ahead and Click right here, change the color of it. Not only have changed this paragraph but I have changed every paragraphs on the page. Really taking it a little further, I have just changed every paragraph in my entire site. So you want to be really careful about using your Properties inspector to modify your Cascading Style Sheet and that's actually something that we are going to talk about in a separate movie. You may notice that the Bold and Italic tags are found in both the HTML and CSS Properties inspector, well they do very different things. If I highlight some text here and Click on the Italic button, you'll notice that now it wants to create a style to control italicizing the text, instead of wrapping it with an tag. So that's something really important to remember when switching back and forth between HTML and CSS Properties. Some of the icons are the same but they do very different things.

you'll spend a good bit of time modifying both HTML and CSS properties with the Properties inspector. Keep in mind, understanding how your site's structure and CSS are being implemented site-wide is very important when using the Properties inspectors so that you don't make site-wide changes without meaning to. Once you're comfortable with it, however, you'll find yourself using the Properties inspector almost intuitively and you'll find that it really speeds up your workflow.

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  1. 1m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  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
      14s

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