Saturday, June 18, 2011

Journal of Course Experiences- Dreamweaver CS3, Day 360 (or so)

So I think I've established that it is a challenge for me to complete online and independent courses. I really need to be present and accountable because life gets in the way.

The exercises from the text thus far have been a good review of website design and a good introduction to Dreamweaver CS3. I am excited at the prospect of gaining new skills with this software.

Assets Panel- Maintains a listing of all the asset types (images, colors, links, movies, scripts, library items, and templates) within the current site

Spell check- SHIFT+F7

controls the line spacing

Property Inspector= Formatting Toolbar

Linking can be accomplished by browsing for the file, using Point to File or highlighting text and holding shift while pointing to a file in the asset box. Links can be made to html files, PDFs or zip files. Anchors can be created to link to specific areas on the page.

Point to File icon prevents linking to misspelled urls. Click, hold and drag to file in Files panel

Image maps can be creating by clicking on the whole image, and using the image map section of the image properties box. Hot spots can be square, round or polygonal. Alternate text must be provided for each hot spot.

Cascading Style Sheets

Finally, something I have no prior knowledge of. :)

CSS2- second recommendation of cascading style sheets containing about 120 properties.

Cascading- how the browsers interpret your style sheet

Rules consist of two parts- the selector (specific tag) and the declaration (how the specific tag should be displayed- property, value)

The easiest way to define a style sheet is in Page Properties.

Chapter 6 has to do with CSS, which I've never really understood. Looking forward to learning a lot and getting how to use it.

CSS- Cascading Style Sheets
Cascading refers to how browsers interpret your style sheet, i.e. which rules the browser follows when it encounters conflicting CSS information

You can use CSS to control basic formatting of a web page. In DW, use CSS formatting by editing the preferences.

Property Inspector- located at the bottom of the page
Page Properties controls: appearance, links, heading, title/encoding, tracing image, margins (amount of space to edge of browser, color-background, links- visited and unvisited, underline-/rollover

Types of Style Sheets:
Embedded- apply styles to a single page
External (linked)- most powerful, can format lots-o-pages
Inline- override style definition of a single element

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