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Discover how to build web sites, prototypes, and more in this course on Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. Author James Williamson shows designers how to take control of their site by properly naming and structuring files and folders; how to create new documents and web pages from scratch or with starter pages; and how to add content such as text, images, tables, and links. James also provides a background on the languages that power projects built in Dreamweaver—HTML and CSS—and introduces the programming features in the application, for developers who want to dig right into the code. The last chapter shows how to finesse your project with interactive content such as CSS3 transitions and Spry widgets.
If you're a Premium member of the Lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a disk, you have access to the Exercise Files used throughout this course. Exercise Files for this title are arranged by chapter and are located in folders that are named based on the movie numbers they represent. Since each exercise is self-contained, you'll want to work with these files individually. Prior to each exercise, copy the appropriate exercise folder to your Desktop and redefine your local Dreamweaver site using the new exercise folder as your root folder.
To help you with this process, I'll go ahead and demonstrate it for you. So here I am in Dreamweaver and I want to set up my site so that I can begin working with the first exercise file. So to do that, I'm just going to go right to the Welcome screen and I am going to choose a new Dreamweaver Site and all I've to do is just two things: name the site and then point it to the folder that I need to work on. So in this case I'm just going type in DWCS6_Essential. You don't really need the underscore there, you can name the site name anything you want it to be, it doesn't really matter, I just love using underscores.
So for the Local Site Folder I am going to Browse, and as you see, I can Browse out to the Desktop and right there is my Exercise Files folder that I copied over earlier. So I am going to open that up, I'll go in Chapter_01 and find the first folder, which is 01_06. So these exercises will correspond with the sixth movie of Chapter_01. So I'll double-click that to open it up and I'll choose Select on the PC, and on the Mac you'll have to select Choose, you see how that works. So I'm going to choose Select and then I'll Save it.
So Dreamweaver is going to cache out the contents of that folder and you'll notice here, and I'll just expand this so you can see the Files Panel, now inside my Files Panel I have all the files right there that I'm going to be working with. The reason that I recommend working with this particular workflow is it makes sure that you're focusing on exactly the files that you need to work on. It's going to make sure that your site structure is consistent with what's being used in the Exercise Files as well. So this is definitely an approach that I would encourage you to adopt. If you don't have access to the Exercise Files, feel free to follow along with your own files and experiment with the features that we'll cover in this course.
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