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Using font lists

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Video: Using font lists

Now, let's talk about changing the font face of text in {italic}Dreamweaver. {plain}Now, when most people talk about fonts, they usually are in actuality referring to the font face. Meaning, whether something appears in Times, or Verdana, or Arial, or anything like that, you're actually talking about the font face. But, saying the word font is sort of become an abbreviation for that. Now, we have worked with fonts a little bit up to this point. For instance, if I click in here, you can see down here, this is set to the Verdana, Ariel, Helvetica, sans-serif font set. You might have noticed that instead of listing single fonts here, everything is broken into lists or sets here.

Using font lists

Now, let's talk about changing the font face of text in {italic}Dreamweaver. {plain}Now, when most people talk about fonts, they usually are in actuality referring to the font face. Meaning, whether something appears in Times, or Verdana, or Arial, or anything like that, you're actually talking about the font face. But, saying the word font is sort of become an abbreviation for that. Now, we have worked with fonts a little bit up to this point. For instance, if I click in here, you can see down here, this is set to the Verdana, Ariel, Helvetica, sans-serif font set. You might have noticed that instead of listing single fonts here, everything is broken into lists or sets here.

Normally in a Word Processor, you have access to all the fonts installed on your computer, which can range from dozens of fonts to even hundreds of fonts. But, the difference between working with fonts in a Word Processor, and working with fonts in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} is that in a Word Processor, your ultimate goal is to usually print the document out. So, when you send the file to a printer connected to your computer, the printer can access the fonts you used, and print everything the way specified. But, when you're working with web pages, you have to choose fonts are likely to be installed on the computer of the person viewing your page, and as you can imagine, this significantly shortens the list of fonts you can potential use. You're not going to be able to select some obscure font that you found on a disk somewhere, or downloaded from somewhere. You're going to be limited to choosing more common fonts that most people are going to have installed on their computers, like the ones found in these lists here. I'm going to go ahead and open up the file "fontlists.html". This is a list that includes all the different fonts that's available by default in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} And, these are all fonts that should appear on most people's computers. Changing the font face of some text is a simple matter of the selecting it, and coming down here, and choosing a different font.

Just like you do in regular Word Processors. You'll notice for each of these fonts here, if I switch over to Code view, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} has actually created styles for each of those. So, if I reuse these fonts on other parts of texts, instead of having to write font tags on all the text. It actually would just have to apply the class style to any text that I change into these particular fonts, but the important thing to remember here is when you select a font face for your text, you're not choosing a single font, you're choosing a set of fonts. Each of {italic}Dreamweaver's{plain} Font lists contain at least one font face that should be installed on either the Mac, or Windows operating systems.

For instance, the Verdana set. Any machine running a Microsoft product, like Windows itself, should have Verdana installed unless someone purposely removed it. If you're running Microsoft Office on your Mac, you also have Verdana. Verdana is a good san-serif font to choose. In fact, Verdana was intentionally designed to look good on a computer screen, unlike say Helvetica, which was originally designed to look good when printed on paper. So, you're pretty limited in terms of fonts that you selected here. Basically, the way this works is, if you specify the Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif set, when this page is brought up in the user's browser, it's going to look for the font Verdana on that uses computer. If it doesn't find it, it's going to look for Arial.

Not finding that, it will Helvetica. If it doesn't find any of those three fonts, it's going to just default to the first sans-serif font it finds. Sans-serif being without serifs, and serifs are those little flourishes and decorations you see on the strokes of letters, so Georgia, Times New Roman, Times are serif fonts, while Arial, Helvetica, and Verdana are sans-serif fonts. So, again, you're pretty limited in terms of the fonts you can use. Now, if you really want to specify a font other than what's listed in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} you do have the ability to create your own Font lists. For instance, maybe your company has a particular font for its logo, and the site you're building is only going to be viewed by people on company computers, and you know they all have that particular font installed.

You can then create your own font set by going to the Font menu, and at the bottom here you can choose Edit Font list. Up here at the top, you see all of your current Font lists, and over here on the right hand side, under Available fonts, this is where you find every single font that's installed on your computer. Now, we don't actually have a Tahoma, Verdana, Arial Helvetica, sans-serif Font list, but I could easily create that by scrolling through here, and here I can find Tahoma, and to create a new Font list here, I'll just click the little left arrow here. Noticed that automatically starts generating a new set for me here.

The next one in the list is Verdana. I can actually come down here, and type in "verdana". It finds that. That actually should have been capitalized, so let's make a capital "V" there, and we'll get rid of that other one. The next one is Arial. We'll go ahead and typing in "Arial". Next is Helvetica. Now, you should always provide a generic font type as the last item in your Font list. If users don't have any of the fonts that you've specified, they'll at least see a font of the type you're after. If you scroll down to the bottom of list here, you'll find all the valid generic types: cursive, fantasy, monospace, sans-serif, and serif. In this case, these should all be sans-serif fonts.

So, I'm going to select sans-serif, add that, and there it is. Unfortunately, there's really no way to take these fonts, and change their order once you set up the list without just removing everything and starting over. You want to make sure you plan at the order in which you're going to add these fonts, or else you're just going to start over again. Once I'm happy with my Font list, I can click on OK. Now, if I come in here, and select this text, I'll find that I now have this Tahoma, Verdana set in here. Click on that, and that Font list has now been applied to my selected text. So, that's a little bit about how to change the font face of text in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} Again, what you see here on my screen might be different in other peoples browsers, because they might have different fonts installed on their computers than I do here, or that you have on your own computer. So, the second, third, or even fourth font on the list might be the one displayed, instead of the first one. So, just be aware that setting the font face of text on your web page doesn't guarantee that users will see that font face when they bring the page up in their own browsers.

Now, go ahead and Save font list. And we'll move on to the next movie.

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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
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    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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