Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
Having a really good understanding of Cascading Style Sheets will really open up…a lot of design possibilities for you, because CSS is really powerful.…CSS is Cascading Style Sheets.…So you'll hear me say CSS instead of Cascading Style Sheets.…But it really is a style sheet language used to describe the design of an HTML document.…In fact, you can control all the visual aspects of the content using CSS.…So it goes beyond what HTML styles can do.…
Again modifying the fonts, the colors, the layout, position of items, it gives…you a lot of control.…So that's one huge, powerful aspect of CSS.…Another big advantage is the ability to separate the content from the design.…So you could have an HTML page that has HTML content on it.…So all the copy and then you can have CSS on that same page that will control…the design of that content, how that content is being displayed.…
That's what known as an internal CSS if the CSS is on the page itself.…But you can also have an external CSS file that exists as a separate file…
- Exploring the Dreamweaver workspace for first-time users
- Linking to external web pages and sites
- Improving the presentation of text and images on the site
- Building a layout using Cascading Style Sheets
- Making navigation reusable across multiple pages
- Displaying content using the Accordion widget
- Creating a contact form and sending data from it
- Making the final site search engine-friendly
Skill Level Beginner
Q: After creating the website as instructed in the tutorial, and uploading the site to the internet, the website does not seem to work for every browser. How can one make sure that the website will work for all browsers?
A: An important step when creating a website is to check for browser compatibility. To do so in Dreamweaver, go to Window > Results > Browser Compatibility. Click the Play icon in the left corner then go to Settings and target the browsers you¹re after. Then hit the Play button to run it and check the page that’s open. If there’s an issue, best-case scenario, it should show you what the issue is and link out to a solution. Worst case is that it’s a pretty unique issue, in which case further troubleshooting would be needed.
Q: The background image is tiling, instead of being one large image. How is this corrected in Dreamweaver?
A: This can be corrected by using a larger image, something around 1024x768 that will fill up most of the monitor space. The issue is that the background image is just too small. Note that tiling of the background image can be turned off in the CSS Panel, but that would only result in a single small image. So it’s better to just use a larger image for the background.
Q: When trying to import SWF content, I get a message: “This file is outside the root folder of site ‘xxxxx’ and may not be accessible when you publish the site.” What is causing this?
A: Make sure your SWF file (and all files you put on a page) are located in your local site. Basically make sure you set up a local site in the site panel. It will ask where to put your local site on your computer. Just make sure you SWF is in that folder and you won’t get that error.