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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

Defining the web site


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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

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So let's go ahead and open up Dreamweaver. On the computer that you are using, locate the Dreamweaver program. If you are working on a Macintosh, this would be inside the Applications folder, and if you are working on Windows, this would be on the C drive in Program Files. Then click on the Adobe icon. I recommend keeping an alias of Dreamweaver on your dock or on your desktop. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on the icon. As soon as you open up Dreamweaver, you are presented with the Welcome Screen.
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  1. 9m 10s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a custom font list
      3m 23s
  2. 23m 7s
    1. Overview
      1m 52s
    2. Distributing your resume
      3m 29s
    3. Resume formats
      6m 43s
    4. Comparing good and bad resumes
      11m 3s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Striving for fluidity, not rigidity
      5m 12s
    2. Font types, web-safe fonts, and font measurements
      10m 44s
    3. Principles of typography
      10m 35s
    4. Online resources and applications
      11m 29s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Setting up the web site folder
      2m 46s
    2. Defining the web site
      3m 43s
    3. Setting up a custom workspace
      5m 26s
    4. Creating a new web page with resume content
      4m 56s
    5. Marking up header tags
      3m 53s
    6. Inserting tags for unordered lists
      3m 43s
    7. Inserting tags for definition lists
      3m 12s
    8. Formatting URLs
      5m 23s
    9. Creating and linking an external style sheet
      5m 9s
    10. Styling the body tag
      15m 31s
    11. Styling the header tags
      8m 6s
    12. Styling the paragraph tags
      4m 3s
    13. Styling an unordered list
      3m 48s
    14. Styling a definition list
      6m 1s
    15. Creating a custom class style
      4m 20s
    16. Creating a custom ID style
      3m 32s
    17. Applying a print-specific CSS layout
      2m 54s
  5. 52m 24s
    1. Creating a new document in Fireworks
      6m 15s
    2. Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill
      5m 59s
    3. Slicing background tiles in Fireworks
      2m 37s
    4. Optimizing and exporting background tiles in Fireworks
      6m 12s
    5. Creating background tiles using online applications
      6m 5s
    6. Creating a page-like resume
      3m 50s
    7. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for this resume version
      1m 56s
    8. Adding a Wrapper div
      3m 33s
    9. Styling the Wrapper div
      8m 52s
    10. Controlling the vertical spacing
      1m 24s
    11. Zeroing out margins and creating a faux drop shadow
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. Setting up the HTML and CSS documents
      2m 15s
    2. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for the pro version
      1m 12s
    3. Creating the Header div
      3m 37s
    4. Creating the Content div
      2m 25s
    5. Creating the Sidebar div
      2m 20s
    6. Styling the Wrapper and Sidebar divs
      4m 56s
    7. Styling the Content div
      3m 7s
    8. Styling the Header div
      3m 33s
    9. Nesting a div tag inside the Sidebar div and styling the sidebar content
      6m 21s
    10. Inserting images to create rounded page edges
      4m 12s
    11. Styling images
      3m 59s
    12. Clearing floats
      3m 55s
    13. Creating font-size style for the Body tag
      2m 13s
    14. Fine-tuning resume styles
      4m 38s
    15. Adding a border to the Content div
      2m 38s
    16. Linking to a PDF
      4m 58s
    17. Organizing styles in the CSS panel and inserting comments in the style sheet
      4m 42s
    18. Creating and styling a print style sheet
      8m 56s
  7. 1m 33s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 33s

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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training
4h 40m Intermediate Sep 24, 2009

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In Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training, interactive design professor and enthusiastic educator Laurie Burruss teaches how to produce an online resume—and create a first web site in the process. Laurie suggests structure and information needed to create a winning resume, and shows how to design the pages with simple typographic principles and effective layouts. She explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and control the design and structure of HTML documents through hands-on development. Exercise files with additional supporting materials accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a simple text document for use inside Dreamweaver
  • Formatting HTML tags with semantic or meaningful markup such as unordered and definition lists
  • Externally linking a Cascading Style Sheet to a web page
  • Creating and applying unique styles to XHTML documents using HTML tags, compound selectors, custom classes, and IDs
  • Creating tiling background images in Fireworks
  • Using the DIV tag in combination with CSS to create effective layouts that organize content
  • Applying principles of web typography
Subject:
Web
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Defining the web site

So let's go ahead and open up Dreamweaver. On the computer that you are using, locate the Dreamweaver program. If you are working on a Macintosh, this would be inside the Applications folder, and if you are working on Windows, this would be on the C drive in Program Files. Then click on the Adobe icon. I recommend keeping an alias of Dreamweaver on your dock or on your desktop. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on the icon. As soon as you open up Dreamweaver, you are presented with the Welcome Screen.

The Welcome Screen automatically checks for resources out on the Internet. Keeping this window open can slow things down as it is always out there checking for new information on the Internet related to Dreamweaver and to the Adobe website. Beginners, I kind of recommend that you leave it open, but if you're an intermediate or advanced user, you can go ahead and click on Don't show again. This will bump up or speed up and optimize Dreamweaver's performance. If you need to open the Welcome Screen again, you can always go to your Preferences, to the General category, and turn it back on.

Now this is the most important thing you can do inside of Dreamweaver before you do anything else, which is go ahead and define the site. By defining your site you are giving Dreamweaver the power to control, manage, troubleshoot, and help you with doing everything that you're doing for your webpage. There are two places where you can define the site, here in the Welcome Screen, or you can go up to the menu, choose Site > New Site. The Site Definition dialog box opens by default with two choices, Basic and Advanced.

I know the typical beginner would think "Basic is the way I want to go." But in order to use Basic, you have to go through a series of slides, about five or six of them, and answer a lot of questions. If you're not sure what those answers are or you're not familiar with the vocabulary, this can be pretty daunting. It's actually much easier to select Advanced. We are going to be making, creating, and testing this site locally and not until the site is completely finished will we put it up on the web server. This is a typical and often-used practice by web designers.

In Advanced, there are only two things you really need to identify to work on a website locally. That is the site name and your root folder or what we've been calling the project folder. So let's go ahead and give it a meaningful name, online_resume, then move over here to the Folder icon and click on it. I know it's small, but this is where it's really important. Go ahead and click. Navigate out to your desktop. Find your root folder or your project folder. Go ahead and open it.

When that name appears at the top of your directory, that means that you've selected your project folder. Go ahead and click on Select. You'll be back into the Site Definition dialog box and click one more time OK. As you can see over in the right -bottom panel, the Files panel, your site has instantly been recreated for you. This is like a small portal to your desktop into your whole computer, everything that you have on your computer can be seen right here inside this Files panel, and your folder structure is right here where you can manage it and move things around.

This is by far the most important thing that you can do. Congratulations! You've defined your website and it's the important first step in Dreamweaver. It allows Dreamweaver to be the power behind you, checking, managing files, and prompting you as necessary throughout your site building. Never design a site without first defining the site.

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