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Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature

From: Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

Video: Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature

Now that we have finished our layout, we want to test it to make sure that it is going to work in multiple browsers and one way to do that of course is to have as many browsers as you can loaded on your system but legacy browsers or cross-platform browsers are sometimes pretty hard to do. So Dreamweaver has a Check Browser feature and it's been around for several releases but in the CS3 release they have really beefed it up. What I want to do is show you how you can set up which browser to check for and then a really quick and easy way to do that. So I am going to go up to the menu and we will go to Window and we are going to go down to the Results panel. You can find it about midway through the menu. Notice that there is a hot key of F7 to opening up as well. Now the Results panel opens up and there are a lot tabs for this. Search, Reference, Validation and in the chapter on publishing, we will talk about how to run reports from this panel as well. I am going to click on the Browser Compatibility Check. Now you can do the Browser Compatibility Check from here but there is a much easier way to do it. So in this panel we are just going to setup which browsers to check for and then I will show you how to do that without having to open up this panel every time want to check. So I am going to go over to the Play button on the left hand side and I am going to scroll down to the Settings and click on that. So notice the browsers that we can check for. We have got Firefox, Internet Explorer, IE for the Mac, Netscape, Opera and Safari. You are going to see a little drop down menu that has a version.

Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature

Now that we have finished our layout, we want to test it to make sure that it is going to work in multiple browsers and one way to do that of course is to have as many browsers as you can loaded on your system but legacy browsers or cross-platform browsers are sometimes pretty hard to do. So Dreamweaver has a Check Browser feature and it's been around for several releases but in the CS3 release they have really beefed it up. What I want to do is show you how you can set up which browser to check for and then a really quick and easy way to do that. So I am going to go up to the menu and we will go to Window and we are going to go down to the Results panel. You can find it about midway through the menu. Notice that there is a hot key of F7 to opening up as well. Now the Results panel opens up and there are a lot tabs for this. Search, Reference, Validation and in the chapter on publishing, we will talk about how to run reports from this panel as well. I am going to click on the Browser Compatibility Check. Now you can do the Browser Compatibility Check from here but there is a much easier way to do it. So in this panel we are just going to setup which browsers to check for and then I will show you how to do that without having to open up this panel every time want to check. So I am going to go over to the Play button on the left hand side and I am going to scroll down to the Settings and click on that. So notice the browsers that we can check for. We have got Firefox, Internet Explorer, IE for the Mac, Netscape, Opera and Safari. You are going to see a little drop down menu that has a version.

Essentially what that's going to do is it is going to check for that version and higher. So if I wanted to check for Internet Explorer earlier than 6.0, I could go all the way back to 5.0, for 5. 5, for example, I could go back to the 1.0 browser and so for Safari I can go back to 1.0 as well. I am just going to leave them at their defaults but you might have a specific browser that you are checking. For example, many people do not check for IE 5.5 anymore because we are so far into release cycle now that most people have 6.0 or 7.0 or higher but there are still a lot of legacy browsers out there. So if you think the audience you are designing for, has one of those older browsers, then you can check for it. I am going to leave the values at their default and I will just click OK. I am also going to close the Results panel because I want to talk about doing this without the Results panel. If you look at the Document tool bar, on the far right hand side, there is a little check box right here that says Check Page and that allows us to run our Check Browser Compatibility. So I will click that pull down menu and I am just going to choose Check Browser Compatibility. Now when I do that, the Results panel comes right back up and it gives me all the list of this. To make this a little easier to read, I am going to reposition this screen and expand it a little bit so that we can really see all the results. Well there really isn't a lot going on with our CSS, so we have got to feel pretty good from that standpoint that our CSS passed the browser check for all of those, so it will validate on all those browsers. But the problem is we have this little bug here called the Extra Whitespace in the List Links Bug. Now what's really nice about CS3 is not only does it tell you the issues and the line that issue is found on but it actually gives you description of it on the right hand side. Notice the description is telling us that, hey if you set a link with the display property as block and you don't pass any explicit with dimensions, the spaces or line breaks that follow it can cause extra whitespace to appear in the browser and our culprit here or the browsers that this is most likely to effect is Internet Explorer 6.0. IE is generally going to be a culprit when you find problems like this and the likelihood is listed as, very likely. Well, another thing that they have added to Dreamweaver and to Adobe's website in general is if you look at the very bottom of the Browser Check, Compatibility Check results window, there is a little link that says View solutions to the Extra Whitespace in List Links Bugs on Adobe.com. So if I click that, that will launch my browser and it will browse out to Adobe site and it is going to go to a new section on Adobe site called the CSS Advisor Beta. This is a community based website where people can report errors and browsers and rendering and post solutions to it. So it's kind of an aggregate on a lot of problems that people have in rendering issues. So this is good to search even if you are not having any problems. The address for it is you just go to Adobe's website, go to Developers Central section and go into the Dreamweaver Developer Central and there is a link to the CSS Advisor.

Well, we get a little note here about our Extra whitespace in List Links and there is the problem, there is a solution and then there is a detailed description of it that follows. Well this problem really affects vertical navigation bars, a lot more than it affects the horizontal ones. So since we are doing a horizontal list, I am not quite that worried about it. If this was something that was going to cause us a lot of problems and we want to fix it, we can just go back into our CSS and modify our links tag by giving it an explicit width. We can also pass along a hack, which is a way of making a browser basically ignore the issue. If I scroll down, we see in this little block right here down towards the bottom of the page that we could actually pass a display value of inline block and then pass back in a display block value and inline block is recognized by Internet Explorer but not so much by Firefox or Safari. So Windows would recognize the inline block property and display it properly and the other browsers would use the display block property. So that would help fix ratio. I will move back into Dreamweaver and we know that this is a problem for vertical list but it's not really a problem for our horizontal lists. So we will close our Results window and we are finished with the layout of our initial Cheek Chastain Gallery page.

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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 42s
    2. Customizing the Coding toolbar
      9m 52s
    3. Taking advantage of Code Hinting
      7m 20s
    4. Using snippets and shortcuts
      11m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      5m 18s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      9m 50s
    7. Regular expressions
      5m 39s
    8. Using Bridge with Dreamweaver CS3
      8m 28s
    9. Round-trip editing with Photoshop CS3
      3m 40s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 16s
  3. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding the CSS Styles panel
      7m 59s
    2. Understanding the Cascade
      5m 50s
    3. Understanding Inheritance
      5m 8s
    4. Understanding Specificity
      7m 5s
    5. Managing CSS styles
      5m 4s
    6. Using Design-Time style sheets
      6m 20s
  4. 2h 19m
    1. Using the new CSS template pages
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding DIV tag structure and layout
      12m 0s
    3. Understanding the CSS box model
      10m 0s
    4. Using absolute and relative positioning
      8m 35s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 45s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 14s
    10. Positioning container elements
      11m 4s
    11. Enhancing layouts with background graphics
      11m 48s
    12. Creating faux columns with background graphics
      8m 55s
    13. Creating rounded corners with background graphics
      9m 17s
    14. Building navigation with CSS
      16m 57s
    15. Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature
      5m 31s
  5. 53m 22s
    1. Creating properly structured forms
      6m 30s
    2. Creating accessible forms
      6m 41s
    3. Using CSS to lay out form structure
      7m 40s
    4. Creating vertical columns for form elements
      7m 48s
    5. Adding user feedback
      5m 52s
    6. Applying advanced styling to forms
      8m 11s
    7. Client-side form validation
      4m 17s
    8. Validating forms with the Spry Validation tools
      6m 23s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 43s
    2. Defining a data source for use in Spry
      3m 56s
    3. Creating a Spry table
      8m 8s
    4. Using the Spry widgets
      8m 11s
    5. Connecting various data sets
      4m 50s
    6. Understanding Spry widget structures
      7m 1s
    7. Applying custom styles to Spry widgets
      6m 24s
    8. Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets
      8m 46s
    9. Controlling Spry widget behaviors with JavaScript
      6m 0s
    10. Controlling Spry widget animations with JavaScript
      9m 31s
    11. Creating effects with Spry behaviors
      4m 42s
    12. Hand-coding Spry
      9m 11s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Creating a base template
      8m 6s
    2. Creating editable attributes
      6m 26s
    3. Creating a new page from a template
      7m 42s
    4. Applying a template to an existing page
      4m 36s
    5. Creating nested templates
      5m 24s
    6. Using repeating regions
      6m 34s
    7. Creating editable and non-editable optional regions
      6m 0s
    8. Using template parameters
      7m 26s
    9. Using template expressions
      9m 59s
    10. Using conditional template expressions
      8m 54s
  8. 54m 40s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 44s
    2. Creating an XML document
      9m 9s
    3. Using the CDATA structure
      5m 7s
    4. Creating an XSLT file
      4m 33s
    5. Binding data from an XML to an XSLT document
      5m 6s
    6. Inserting repeating regions into an XSL document
      5m 16s
    7. Creating a client-side XSL transformation
      2m 52s
    8. Styling a remote RSS feed
      7m 29s
    9. Creating a server-side XSL transformation
      5m 31s
    10. Writing XSL expressions
      6m 53s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Overview of building dynamic websites
      1m 35s
    2. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Mac
      3m 22s
    3. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Windows
      3m 54s
    4. Creating a MySQL database
      3m 16s
    5. Defining a testing server and database bindings
      6m 14s
    6. Creating a database recordset
      4m 35s
    7. Adding dynamic content to the page
      5m 14s
    8. Creating repeating regions of dynamic content
      7m 6s
    9. Filtering database records
      7m 39s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 9s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 42s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 32s
    5. Building a behavior function
      7m 23s
    6. Creating an Action file
      6m 48s
    7. Enabling behavior functions
      9m 1s
    8. Initializing the user interface for a behavior
      3m 9s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Running reports
      7m 41s
    2. Checking and validating links
      3m 40s
    3. Using cloaking
      5m 42s
    4. Using Check In/Check Out
      4m 3s
    5. Using Design Notes
      6m 6s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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