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Setting parameters


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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Setting parameters

As we saw in the previous movie, both the audio file and the video file that we embedded in this page start playing as soon That's the default behavior of the clips on this page. Now, if you don't want the clips to start playing right away, or if you want to control other aspects of the clip, you need to set up some parameters. Just about every type of media clip has a set of parameters that you can add and customize. Most of the time the company that creates the plug-in lists the types of parameters on their website. For example, Apple lists all of the available {italic}QuickTime{plain} parameters on their website at apple.com/quicktime/tutotials/embed/html.
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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
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      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
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    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.

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Software:
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Author:
Garrick Chow

Setting parameters

As we saw in the previous movie, both the audio file and the video file that we embedded in this page start playing as soon That's the default behavior of the clips on this page. Now, if you don't want the clips to start playing right away, or if you want to control other aspects of the clip, you need to set up some parameters. Just about every type of media clip has a set of parameters that you can add and customize. Most of the time the company that creates the plug-in lists the types of parameters on their website. For example, Apple lists all of the available {italic}QuickTime{plain} parameters on their website at apple.com/quicktime/tutotials/embed/html.

So, if I scroll down on this page you can see a list of {italic}QuickTime's{plain} parameters, and clicking on one takes you to its description. For example clicking on AUTOPLAY, I can see up here at the top that AUTOPLAY can be set to either TRUE or FALSE. So a value of true will play the video right away. A value of false, and the movie doesn't play until the user clicks the play button. Or, scrolling down through here, I can set a CONTROLLER parameter and that determines whether or not I want the controller to appear.

I can hide the controller if I don't want the user to be able to control the playback, but I probably want to make sure that auto-play is set to true if I did this, otherwise there would be no way to play the movie. Another reason why you might want to hide the controller is to make it more difficult for people with QuickTime Pro to copy your media clip to their own computers. But actually, if you want to prevent people from saving the movie you can set the parameter called "KIOSKMODE", and I'll find that down here someplace. Here it is, KIOSKMODE, and again either TRUE or FALSE. And we can use this to disable the pop-up menu in the controller from appearing and that way users won't be able to chose to save the media clip to their own computers.

So, lets say I want to make sure the audio and movie on my page here don't start playing right away. By referencing the QuickTime parameters page, I saw that I need to set the auto play parameters for these to false. So here in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} I'm going to select my audio clip and notice down here in the Properties inspector, we have a Parameters button. And in here we can add our Parameter and a Value. I'm going to type "autoplay", and the value will be "false", just like that. I'm going to do the same thing for the video. Again, we'll click on the Parameters button down here, and we'll set autoplay to false.

Lets Save that and Preview it in the browser. And voila, which is French for your media clips don't play on their own. Notice they're just sitting here, and I actually have to click play Now, I have {italic}QuickTime Pro{plain} installed on this computer so if I click this menu here at the end of my player bar notice I can choose to Save As Source, meaning I can copy this movie or this audio file directly to my hard drive. If I want to disable this functionality because I don't want people to just copy my files to their own computer, I need to set another parameter, when we saw again that that setting was KIOSKMODE.

And referencing this parameters page here I can see that in this example I can set this KIOSKMODE value to TRUE, and notice this says that "When the KIOSKMODE is set to TRUE the plug-in does not include it's pop-up menu in the movie controller and it does not allow drag and drop to save the movie." So, all I have to do is come in here, and I use the movie as an example. Go back and add another Parameter and this will be Kiosk Mode, and the Value will be true, click on OK, save the page, and we'll Preview. And notice that the menu is completely gone now. We still have it up here in the audio file, but here in the video file we don't have it. So, it would be very difficult for the common user to come in here and try to save this movie to their own computer. So, that's how you set parameters to your plug-in objects.

Bare in mind that each different type of plug-in has it's own set of parameters, so if you're adding content in the {italic}Real Player{plain} format you'll want to check out real.com and hunt around for their parameters page or if you're adding {italic}Windows Media{plain} {italic}Player{plain} content, you'll want to check out the Microsoft website. Actually, if you just do a Google search for "Windows Media parameters", or "Real Player parameters", it'll probably be easier to find what you're looking for. But any case, once you find the parameter, it's just a matter of selecting the object on your page, clicking Parameters, and typing in the Parameter, and it's Value in this window.

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