Course Outline for Dreamweaver CS6 Intermediate

Week 1

Lesson 1- HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

In our first lesson, you'll get familiar with the code Adobe Dreamweaver generates in response to the steps you perform. Intimidated by code? Don't be. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a much better understanding of how HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript work together to build your site content. Previous non-coders will come away with these topics demystified, and code-savvy users will learn how Dreamweaver enhances code editing.

Lesson 2- Return to the CSS Styles Panel

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) have been with us since the mid-1990s. Yet, because of the slow state of browser development, it's only in the last few years that CSS has taken its rightful place at the center of modern Web design. CSS governs content presentation, while HTML and XHTML handle document structure. In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at CSS, see how it works hand-in-hand with markup, and examine the tools Dreamweaver gives us to work with CSS in a "what you see is what you get" environment.

Week 2

Lesson 3- Working With Snippets

Snippets take some of the drudge work out of site design. Do you have a common element—like a document footer with copyright information in it—that you're going to insert in every page of your site? Turn it into a snippet. Next time you need it, just click a button, and voilà! Instant page content. In today's lesson, we'll examine Dreamweaver snippets, learn how they function, and discuss how to fit them into your workflow.

Lesson 4- Working With Dreamweaver Templates

A Dreamweaver template allows you to fix the layout of pages so that inexperienced folks can't mess them up when they're updating content. In this lesson, you'll learn what Dreamweaver templates do, how to build them, and how to apply them to the pages of our site.

Week 3

Lesson 5- CSS for Devices, Part 1<br>

Today you're going to learn all about styling pages for devices other than the browser. We'll look at the different types of devices you can style for—smartphones, assistive technologies, and printers, to name just a few. And we'll examine some of the tools Dreamweaver provides to make styling for devices easier.

Lesson 6- CSS for Devices, Part 2

It's estimated that in 2013, the number of people using handheld devices to view the Web will outnumber those on desktops and laptops. So, the future is now! We've examined ways to make our pages play nice when printed, so how do we get our stuff looking good on these other devices, too? Well, the mechanism is pretty much the same, but we have a few more variables to deal with. Fortunately, Dreamweaver has some very handy tools for making this job easier, and you'll learn about them in this lesson!

Week 4

Lesson 7- CSS for Devices, Part 3

In this lesson, we'll continue our discussion of styling for devices and finish up the smartphone layout that we started in Lesson 6. You'll learn how to find out device screen widths, and we'll talk more about media queries. You'll also work more with the Multiscreen Preview window to see your work as we go along. We'll finish up by tinkering with some CSS properties that are a bit tricky to find but necessary when styling for smartphone browsers. By the end of the lesson, our site will be optimized for a smartphone!

Lesson 8- Designing for Accessibility

Accessibility. You've heard the term, but do you really know what it means? Section 508 of the U.S. federal Rehabilitation Act includes rules for making site content accessible for users with disabilities. Many other countries have similar rules. Today we'll discuss how to keep Dreamweaver on the ball, accessibility-wise, so anyone can use your site with ease.

Week 5

Lesson 9- Working With Media Objects

Have you been to YouTube to watch videos? Or have you been to Amazon.com to preview music? These types of audio and video files are media objects. In today's lesson, we'll talk about what software you need to play media objects and how Dreamweaver lets you place this type of content within the sites you build.

Lesson 10- Working With Dreamweaver Behaviors

Ever tinkered with JavaScript? It's the scripting language behind form field validation, rollover images, and other types of dynamic interaction. In Dreamweaver, we call JavaScript effects behaviors; in today's lesson, we'll delve into the various Dreamweaver interface features for creating these effects. And the best part is you won't ever have to touch the code!

Week 6

Lesson 11- Introduction to XML and XSL

You've seen the acronym all over the place. It's time to find out how you can put XML (eXtensible Markup Language) to work. Today you'll examine XML and create a simple database. Then you'll pull data out of that database and format it with eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL)—all without a lick of programming!

Lesson 12- Principles of Design

If you want to design anything, you need a firm understanding of the people you're designing for. In today's lesson, we'll step away from Dreamweaver and look at the most important component of the Web—us. You'll discover how we humans read Web content and learn how to structure your content so that it fascinates your fellow domesticated primates.

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‘Robert Fuller does a great job of making the new, and sometimes difficult, easy to understand. He also does a fantastic job of finding the errors in students' code. I am looking forward to a more advanced class in Dreamweaver CS6!’

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