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Dreamweaver

Q

I am a new to the webmaster position and am supporting Dreamweaver. I lost my Property Inspector. It is checked off in the Window Menu and can not be located. Where did it go?

A

Locating the Property Inspector is handled differently in Dreamweaver 3 and Dreamweaver 4.

On Dreamweaver 3, the implementation is:

Window » Arrange Panels

On Dreamweaver 4, the implementation is:

Window » Arrange Floating Palettes.


Q

What is an efficient way to remove the small space in the margins of html pages which become distorted when displayed in a web browser?

A

There are two methods for defining page margins.

CSS can be used to redefine the body tag:

<style type="text/css"><!--
body {
   margin-top: 0px;
   margin-right: 0px;
   margin-bottom: 0px;
   margin-left: 0px}-->
</style>

MS Windows PC (older browser)

  • Invoke Ctrl+J on the PC
  • Margins can be set in the <body> of the HTML code.
  • Click Modify» Page Properties
  • Then edit the margins appropriately.

Mac

  • Invoke Command+J.
  • Margins can be set in the <body> of the HTML code.
  • Click Modify» Page Properties
  • Then edit the margins appropriately.

Q How can a background be made not to repeat?
A

This is done with a CSS declaration of background-repeat: no-repeat.

<style type="text/css">
<!—
body{
   background-image : url(http://www.yoursitename/images/backgroundimage.gif);
   background-repeat : no-repeat;
}
-->
</style>


Q How can text rollover text be made?
A This is done using the CSS hover pseudo-class selector.

The link styles must be listed in this order: Link, Visited, Hover, Active.

<style type="text/css">
<!--
   a:link { color: #003399}
   a:visited { color: #993399}
   a:hover { color: #009999}
   a:active { color: #993333}
-->
</style>

Place the code and the color choices above the closing </head> tag in a HTML document.


Q Do templates exist for Dreamweaver?
A There are several free templates available at the Macromedia website.

URL: http://www.macromedia.com/software/dreamweaver/download/templates/>


Q Is there a straightforward way how to design way for designing web pages which work well on various window sizes and resolutions?
A This can be achieved by using percentages rather than fixed width tables.

Q Is there a way to hide a web page until everything is loaded?
A Cover the page with a layer that is set to hide on page load.

Q Is it possible to print in code view?
A

Printing can be performed in code view. However, it is handled differently in version of Dreamweaver 3 and Dreamweaver 4.

Dreamweaver 3: Open the file in an external editor such as Notepad or HomeSite and print from there.

Dreamweaver 4: An extension can be used to print the code view.


Q

How do I make my table cells the same width in all browsers? For example, Internet Explorer and Netscape size table cells differently.

A

This can be done by using shims to hold cells open.


Q

I am a manager at a small business and we are evaluating whether to purchase Dreamweaver? Which technologies does Dreamweaver CS4 support?

A

Dreamweaver CS4 supports:

Software/Technology

Explanation/Capability

Photoshop

Drag and drop PSD files directly onto a page and maintain a live link between the source PSD file and the optimized image.

Flash

Embedding of SWF and FLV files.

Fireworks

Importing of CSS layouts created using Fireworks directly into Dreamweaver.

Ajax frameworks

Extends coding functionality of Dreamweaver CS4 to work by incorporating JavaScript frameworks, including jQuery, Prototype, and Spry.

Version control systems

Update the site and check in modifications using a repository within Dreamweaver.

Server models

Design and code in a tool that supports most of the leading web development technologies, including PHP, ColdFusion, and ASP.


Q Dreamweaver 8 has been intermittently crashing when I perform file browsing actions on Microsoft Windows Vista.

Example:

  • Using File > Open to browse the hard drive to open a file.
  • Inserting an image and using the file browser to select the image.
  • Creating a hyperlink and using the file browser to select the target file.
  • Creating a site definition and using the file browser to select the local root folder or remote folder.
A Solution 1: Upgrade to Dreamweaver CS4.

Upgrading to Dreamweaver CS3 will resolve this issue.


Solution 2:
Uninstall Microsoft Grove 2007.

Uninstalling Microsoft Grove 2007 will remove the feature from the system.

1. Choose Start > Control Panel.

2. Double-click Programs And Features and select Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007.

If Programs And Features is not available, Choose Classic View in the left pane.

3. Click Change.

4. Select Add Or Remove Features from the Office setup wizard.

5. Click the drop-down menu next to Microsoft Office Groove and select Not Available.

6. Follow the on screen prompts to uninstall Groove 2007.


Solution 3:
Use the Open button instead of double-clicking folders and files while browsing.


Solution 4:
Manually enter the path into the dialog.

Type the file path manually into the dialog or copy and paste it from the Windows Explorer address bar.


Solution 5:
Create a new site definition from a new local root folder after rebooting.

1. Reboot the computer.

2. Create a new local root folder for the site.

3. Create a new site definition directing to the new local root folder.


Solution 6:
Delete the _notes folder from the site.

1. Browse to the local root folder for the site using Windows Explorer.

2. Delete the _notes folder.

3. Choose Site > Advanced > recreate Site Cache from Dreamweaver.


Solution 7:
Disable visual themes in Microsoft Windows Vista.

1. Browse to the Dreamweaver.exe executable in Windows Explorer:   \Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 8\

2. Right-click Dreamweaver.exe and select Properties.

3. Select the Compatibility tab and check Disable Visual Themes.

All other checkboxes should be unchecked.

4. Click OK and see if the crashes stop.


Flash

Q

What is the difference between Flash Player and Adobe Shockwave Player?

A

Flash Player and Shockwave Player software are both free web players from Adobe.

Flash Player displays content created with Flash CS4 Professional, such as web application front ends, high-impact website user interfaces, interactive online advertising, and short-form to long-form animation and web applications created using Flex.

Shockwave Player displays content created with Adobe Director software such as high performance multiuser games, interactive 3D product simulations, online entertainment, and training applications. By using extensions, developers can extend the capabilities of Shockwave Player to play back custom-built applications.

Q

I have a developed a large Flash application and it does not compile correctly?

A

Extremely large Adobe Flash CS3/CS4 applications may fail to compile resulting in a blank Test Movie window or a blank SWF output file. This intermittently occurs when Flash applications are made up of thousands of lines of code, numerous very large objects, or a great number of small classes. There does not appear to be a quantifiable threshold when this occurs; we are monitoring the data in the public domain and the Adobe website.

Our recommendation when designing a Flash application, is to build it with multiple smaller objects which can be compiled independently. This can be done by creating custom components and using SWF files which can be accessed dynamically. This will also speed up the compile time of the application.


Q Several members of my department have been experiencing sluggish user interface performance when using Adobe Flash CS4 Professional on some 64-bit PCs with ATI video drivers.
A1 Two steps can be taken to significantly ameliorate the problem.

1. Change the hardware acceleration settings and keep the original ATI Catalyst Driver v8.452.0.0:

  • Choose Start > Control Panel >Display.
  • On the Settings Tab, click Advanced.
  • On the Troubleshoot tab, click Hardware Acceleration.
  • Change the Hardware Acceleration slider 1 notch to disable Cursor and Bitmap Accelerations.
2. Update to the newer Catalyst Driver v8.501.0.0.
  • The latest ATI driver allows OWL dragging operations to perform correctly even with Hardware Acceleration set to Full.

Q

I am a webmaster and under certain circumstances, we no longer are able to make a Socket or XMLSocket connection to a port number less than 1024. How can this issue be addressed.

A

Connections to sockets from Flash Player are subject to security restrictions. These restrictions can be relaxed by using policy files.

There are two kinds of policy files that can authorize socket operations: HTTP policy files and socket policy files.

Solution 1: Switch to a high-numbered port rather than a low-numbered port.

In order to apply this solution, run the service for connecting on a port numbered 1024 or higher. Then modify the SWF file to specify the new, high-numbered port. This fix takes advantage of the fact that HTTP policy files can authorize access to high-numbered ports.


Solution 2: Provide a socket policy file on the server to which you are connecting.

Create a socket-based policy file server that listens on a port numbered lower than 1024. This can be the same port as the main connection if the main connection is to a custom server that can be modified to listen for policy file requests. It can be a different port, but, in order to authorize low-port connections, the policy file server must itself be on a low-numbered port.

Changes were introduced in Flash Player 9,0,28,0 in order to comply with the Flash Player security model. Adobe has stated that this change may affect the behavior of some SWF media deployed before the release of Flash Player 9,0,28,0.


Q

What has been done to make Flash more accessible?

A

Support for MSAA: Microsoft Active Accessibility allows users of assistive technologies such as screen readers to access the contents of a movie. Text elements, buttons, input text fields, movie clips, and entire movies can be made accessible to screen reader users.

Flash CS4 Professional has an Accessibility panel that allows designers and developers to provide a text equivalent for a single element or a group of elements within rich media content. The use of text equivalents for rich media content allows designers and developers to optimize the accessibility of their content for screen reader users.


Q

Are there any enhancements to the Actions panel in CS4?

A

Our staff has been able to identify only one feature added in CS4 and that was case-insensitive code hinting.


FrontPage

Q

After I perform an upload, frequently some of my html pages and images are broken. However, they do not have these errors on my local workstation. What is the source of this error?

A

This is a common error when uploading from a Microsoft Windows operating system to a UNIX server. For example, the two operating systems treat case sensitivity differently.

On a MS a Windows Server when HTML code links to image.jpg and the file is named image.JPG, the image will be displayed on the page.

On a UNIX Windows Server when HTML code links to image.jpg and the file is named image.JPG, the link will not find image.jpg. This is because the file is named image.JPG.


Q

I have been experiencing problems with some webbots not working properly. Another error that I have been receiving occurs when data is submitted through a FrontPage generated form:

FrontPage Run-Time Component Page
You have submitted a form or followed a link to a page that requires a web server and the FrontPage Server Extensions to function properly.

This form or other FrontPage component will work correctly if you publish this web to a web server that has the FrontPage Server Extensions installed.

A

This message indicates that FrontPage did not correctly configure the form's HTML code to correctly point to the webbot on the server. Forms are configured while FrontPage is *uploading* them.

When pages are uploaded without FrontPage, via FrontPage's built-in FTP in the Publish screen or via a FTP client, those errors will occur.

When an upload is performed correctly from FrontPage and error message persists, then choose "Publish all pages, overwriting any already on the destination" when publishing.

If this does not resolve the issue, then the source of the problem typically is the browser's cache or ISP's cache.


Q

How do I open the website template?

A

The template opens differently on each release of MS FrontPage:

FrontPage 2000
1. Select File, New, Web.

2. Select the "twc-xxxx" from the pop-up window's listing.

Take note of where it will be built in the pull-down window on the right.

The location can also be changed.

3. Click "OK".

FrontPage 2002
1. Select File, New, Page or Web, New from Template, Web Site Templates.

2. Select the "twc-xxxx" from the pop-up window's listing.

Take note of where it will be built in the pull-down window on the right

The location can also be changed.

3. Click "OK".

FrontPage 2003
1. Select File, New.

2. On the right side under "New Web site," select More Web site templates.

3. Navigate to the twc-xxx template, which will be located under either the "General" or "My Templates" tab

4. Click "OK".

If prompted to overwrite the desktop.ini file; accept Yes to overwrite the file. This will not have any impact on the web.


Q

How can button names be changed?

A

With the web open in FrontPage, go to View, Navigation. There will be a diagram reflecting an organizational-chart of the files. The button/banner names can be changed by right clicking over the box with the name to be change, selecting "Rename", and then typing in what is to appear on the buttons and banners.


Q Which web servers does FrontPage 2003 support?
A

Web sites created with FrontPage can be published to these servers: Windows NT, MS Windows 2000, and UNIX - even if it doesn't support FrontPage Server Extensions.

FrontPage 2003 also provides support for publishing to both FTP: File Transfer Protocol or WebDAV: Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning servers. The optimal combination is to use FrontPage 2003 in combination with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services on Windows Server 2003. This will allow access to the entire set of new functionality in FrontPage 2003, along with improvements to FrontPage version 2002 and FrontPage 98.


Q

Is it true that there are no FrontPage 2003 Server Extensions.

A

FrontPage 2003 Server Extensions is no longer available. Microsoft has continued to make investments in FrontPage 2003 to enhance the overall customer experience, based on customer feedback and the changing role of server extensions in product offerings.

The optimal solution is to utilize Windows SharePoint Services, beginning with FrontPage 2003, this will eliminate the need for server extensions. This will allow access to the new functionality in FrontPage 2003, along with the improvements made in FrontPage 2002 and other previous versions of FrontPage.


Q

What is Windows SharePoint Services?

A

Windows SharePoint Services is the engine for creating web sites that enable information sharing and document collaboration. SharePoint Services has been designed as a component of the Information Worker Infrastructure delivered in Windows Server 2003.

The foundation of SharePoint Services are:

  • Expedient and flexible deployment, administration, and application development.
  • Collaborative services and sites to Office and other desktop applications
  • Serving as a platform for application development.
  • Providing the framework for sharing information and helping team members to work together on documents, tasks, contacts, events, and other information.
  • Enable team and site managers to manage site content and activity.

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