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Dreamweaver MX
Tutor: Jed Gibbs 07970 821877 email: jednet@mac.com

Underlined items link to more information -
Dreamweaver links to online resources. Recommended booklist

Buy Studio 8 inc Dreamweaver and Flash at education price or download 30 Day trial versions from Macromedia (click the 'try' link)

Free open source Web design software for Windows, Mac and Linux is available at http://www.nvu.com

Activities are subject to change depending on the needs of the group! There should be some time for you to work on your own sites in addition to the subjects discussed each day.

First webpage
Create first webpage using page properties, the toolbox and properties inspector. Website management: defining your site's root folder, file_names, index.html page. Adding a second page and links. Previewing your website in a browser by pressing F12.
View source - a peek at the html code you are creating with Dreamweaver.


Personalise your site with images
Adding your own pictures from disc, by scanning or digital photography. Editing images with Adobe Photoshop or Imageready. Graphic file formats: jpeg and gif.


Website fundamentals
Setting typefaces, size, style and colour. Designing for your readers using the Window Size pop-up to prepare your site at a suitable size (800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 pixels recommended). Spellchecking. Introduction to using tables to structure your page layout.


Improving layout control
Refining tables to improve layout. Table spacing and padding. Using layers as an alternative to tables, or converting layers to tables. Rulers and tracing images.


Rollovers in Dreamweaver
Creating simple and multiple Rollovers. Dreamweaver writes the JavaScript.


Dynamic HTML, Behaviours
Simple animation within Dreamweaver using DHTML to move layers around. Using behaviours to extend Dreamweaver with JavaScript - creating pop-up windows and other irritants features.


Adding interest and enhancements
Adding sound, QuickTime movies, Flash and Shockwave animation elements. Web video formats.


A look at Flash animation
Investigate Flash, a natural partner (and perhaps rival) to Dreamweaver.
Flash enhanced sites and online tutorials for those who would like to know more.


Templates, Library Items and Frames.
Templates and Library items help ensure consistency throughout your site and allow faster site-wide modifications.
Frames may help navigation but we look at some consequential problems and some alternatives to framesets.


CSS
Using internal and external Cascading Style Sheets to master text.


Search engines, META tags
Domain names. Help search engines with META tags to boost the numbers who find your site....
Making informed decisions about how many of your target audience can access a feature.


Onto the Web. Q&A
Updating and testing your site so far. Burn a copy to cd to take home.
Question and Answer session to try to resolve any issues outstanding.

 

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