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August 27, 2010

Dreamweaver Users Still Need To Understand HTML

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HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a simple markup language used to create documents designed to be accessed across the World Wide Web using browser software such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The version of HTML in current use is known as XHTML, a stricter, rationalized version of the original HTML specification. One key thing to note about HTML and XHTML pages is that they describe the content and structure of the page rather than the presentation of the elements on the page.

Although you do not need to write HTML code when using Dreamweaver-since the program generates the necessary code as you work visually, it is still necessary to be aware of the elements that make up your pages. This requirement will become apparent when you come to style and position your page content. At this point, you will need at the very least to know-or to know how to find out- the name of an element. (This is where the Tag Selector becomes so useful.)

The HTML HEAD element

A web page consists of two main areas: the head and the body. The body contains all of the elements which will be displayed in the browser window and the majority of which will be visible to the user. The head element, by contrast, contains information about the web page; meta information as it is sometimes called.

The HTML TITLE element

One of the most important elements which can be placed in the head is the title element which should provide a broad heading which reflects the content of the page. It is extremely important that each page should have a title and that the title be pertinent to the page that contains it. Dreamweaver automatically adds a title element to every new page containing the text “Untitled Document”.

The simplest method for modifying the default title in Dreamweaver is to enter a title in the Document Title box of the Document toolbar which is normally displayed at the top of the page.

What is the body element?

The visible elements of a web page are all placed inside the body element; the part that visitors to your site will see in their browser. Clicking on the body tag in the Tag Selector will therefore select everything on the page.

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6 Responses to “Dreamweaver Users Still Need To Understand HTML

    One should learn hard way first than easy…. Learn HTML coding first then use Dreamweaver

    without knowing html you can do nothing by using any editor.

    avatar S Emerson says:

    Yes, anyone that uses a WYSWYG editior in Design view needs to take the time to learn the basics of HTML coding.

    Why?

    Because if you do, you can then troubleshoot why your design is not turning out as planned instead of creating a zillion CSS styles or using absolute positioning to force the page to do what you want.

    Being able to understand the coding also shows you where bloated coding is so you can remove it to save on file size. Every byte counts!

    avatar Shafiq Khan says:

    Yup,

    I defo agree with the above comments.
    Learn HTML using a basic editor such as notepad2 or bbedit, then dive into dreamweaver. It will make future troubleshooting easier!

    i like it Dreamweaver Users compose Need To have knowledge of HTML | SiteProNews: Webmaster News & supplies now im your rss reader

    avatar Umer Gurchani says:

    Learning Html and CSS is also necessary because the design window of dreamweaver is kinna tricky sometimes it does not make sense at all. I created a page in notepad using very simple html and them pastes the code in code-window of dreamweaver but and checked it in several browsers and it looked pretty good but when I switched to design-window i saw that things were pretty messed up so i made some changes from the design window untill it started appearing fine in design window ..but when i previewed in browser it was again messed up…So I would say its really necessary to learn atleast basics of html in order to operate dreamweaver correctly

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