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Understanding Dreamweaver and HTML

From: Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4

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Before you start out in Dreamweaver it's helpful to have a good understanding of Dreamweaver as well as HTML, which is the backbone of Dreamweaver. Well first off, what is Dreamweaver? Well, it's a web development application that makes it really easy for anyone regardless of your background to create robust web pages and sites quickly. So, whether you are a programmer and like to sort of write code by hand you can do that in Dreamweaver, or if you want to create everything visually, you can also do that in Dreamweaver, but the end result is web pages and websites made quickly all in Dreamweaver.

Understanding Dreamweaver and HTML

Before you start out in Dreamweaver it's helpful to have a good understanding of Dreamweaver as well as HTML, which is the backbone of Dreamweaver. Well first off, what is Dreamweaver? Well, it's a web development application that makes it really easy for anyone regardless of your background to create robust web pages and sites quickly. So, whether you are a programmer and like to sort of write code by hand you can do that in Dreamweaver, or if you want to create everything visually, you can also do that in Dreamweaver, but the end result is web pages and websites made quickly all in Dreamweaver.

And again Dreamweaver easily creates web content using HTML but you can also use other leading web technologies if you want to. Dreamweaver will give you the tools to write this code very easily regardless of the technology you are using. But most importantly, it really helps us to make HTML content. First off, what is HTML content? Well it's Hypertext Markup Language that really describes web pages. Okay so it will determine or decide kind of how to display text.

So it's a combination of markup tags and plain text. And that combination looks like this. There are some HTML tags. So in HTML page, I might have a tag that works like HTML with sort of angle brackets on either side and that makes up a tag and tags come in pairs. So, if I wanted to add a title to a page, I would have this pair of tags on either side of the title of my page, just like it shows in this example. So, to display a page title between the HTML title tags, I would have the title for the page as well as this h1, which is the header or heading, and then the p is for the paragraph.

Again HTML tags and content between those two tags. And that's the format of HTML. This HTML is then taken and then it's rendered in a browser. So the browsers know what to do with these tags and how to display the content between those tags, to really give you sort of the nice appearance which you usually see on a website. It's all driven by HTML. Now, there are some sort of common basic HTML tags to keep in mind, such as like I mention, the Title tag which will give me the title of the web page.

There will be certain section headings, h1 to h6. So again the largest one on the page is going to be h1, this smallest heading is going to be h6, if I have a smaller handing, and then most of the content is probably going to be Paragraph text. But as you can see there's plenty of HTML tags that you can go ahead and reference to display your text correctly. So, you take those tags and you put them on an HTML document, which is structured into three parts.

We have the Doctype at the top, which Dreamweaver writes this for me already but it really tells the browser how to interpret this HTML page. So there is also the Head, which is really the non-visual content that's loaded before the Body. So it's going to be sort of a reference for the actual certain styles of how to display the Body content or even some additional functionality might be in the Head of the HTML. And really there is the Body copy, which is the bulk of your web page, which is all of the content for that page that displayed potentially based on what's in the Head part of the HTML page.

But that's the basic structure and what's again nice is the fact that Dreamweaver writes all of this for me. So, I might not even know that this is going on in the background because Dreamweaver does all of this work for me, but it's good to know what's going on behind the scenes as you move forward. And again Dreamweaver does all the work. Whether it's a web page or an entire website, it can really get you up to speed quickly.

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