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Dreamweaver 8 For Dummies Paperback – October 21, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764596490 ISBN-10: 0764596497

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (October 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764596497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764596490
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your site can look like a million — even on a budget!

Use Dreamweaver's cool new tools to design a site with interactivity and style

Whether you're facing your first Web site challenge or taking an existing site to the next level, this book could be your dream come true. Here's how to develop a powerful site that's attractive, functional, and dynamic, and even weave in eye-popping effects with Shockwave® and Flash®.

Discover how to

  • Design pages and set up Web server access
  • Create layers and tables
  • Modify sites created in another program
  • Add dynamic effects
  • Work faster with templates
  • Use CSS and DHTML

About the Author

Janine Warner is an author, speaker, journalist, Internet consultant, and Multimedia Program Manager at The University of Southern California School for Communication. She has written 10 books about the Internet, including all editions of Dreamweaver For Dummies.

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Hi, I'm Janine Warner, and as you might have guessed, my life revolves around the internet - teaching it, designing it, and always learning from it.

Because not everything you read on the Internet is reliable, you can expect that at least two of the facts in the following list are completely made-up. (If you're looking for a more formal bio, follow this link...)

1. I'm a journalist turned geek. Sometimes I call myself a 'techy translator' or a 'digital alchemist' -- my favorite made-up titles so far.

2. I started out as a reporter and editor and got hooked on the Internet early. Since 1996, I've written 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Dreamweaver For Dummies (every edition), Mobile Web Design For Dummies, and iPhone & iPad Web Design for Dummies. (I have callouses on my finger tips to prove this one.)

3. I was bitten by a computer bug in 1994, which led to my addiction to the Internet and my ability to fly through virtual realms... (Okay, this one may not be from a reliable source.)

4. I'm fascinated by how our online identities are becoming as crucial to our success as our 'real lives,' and how the Internet has forever changed the way we meet and connect with each other.

5. Today I spend most of my time:

Running a full-service digital design agency that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, and internet marketing. (Learn more at

Writing books, creating training videos. and teaching web design, content strategy, and Internet marketing.

Speaking at conferences and events about Internet trends, such as the growing importance of social media and online reputation. (Learn more at

6. As a child, I trained my pet Siberian Snow Tiger to ski the steepest slope in the Alps. Despite reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour on the treacherous course, the Olympic Committee refused to admit him. (Sadly, this point is very, very true.)

7. Unlike my Snow Tiger, I've never been to Siberia, but over the years, I've worked with one of Russia's largest publishing companies in Moscow; traveled to New Delhi to speak at Internet World India; and worked with journalists and publishers in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain.

8. In 1998, I was hired by The Miami Herald as their online managing editor and a year later was promoted to Director of New Media. I left that position to run CNET's Latin American operations where I managed content development in Spanish and Portuguese.

9. I've taught courses in online journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of Miami, and I've been a guest lecturer at more than 20 other universities in the U.S. and Latin America. I also helped create an Internet Literacy program for high school students in Central America.

10. I am a member of the TV Academy's Interactive Media Peer Group and I've served as a judge for a number of contests, including the Interactive Emmy Awards, The Knight News Challenge, and the Arroba de Oro in Latin America.

Learn more about Janine at Learn more about Janine's books, videos, and web design consulting at

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It has been extremely helpful and it is easy to follow, very user friendly.
Kimberly Small
I can definitely recommend this book to all those that want a great introduction to the marvels of Dreamweaver.
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I am not new to computers and I am a good student, who is able to grasp materials.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Filippelli VINE VOICE on May 29, 2006
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What this book does in basic terms is walk you through the process of website conception to managing your website once it is on line and everything in between. It covers all of the information that you will need to get your site up and running. Some of the the subjects are covered very well like the use of CSS, adding graphics, flash animation, design elements, templates, HTML, Meta tags and the use of graphics. All subjects are covered in ample detail.

She has included helpful hints along that way with the use of side bar items that like "Tip" used to discuss a feature with in Dreamweaver that pertains to the subject that is being covered, "Technical stuff" used to describe technical aspect of the operation that you are preforming and "warning" that warn you of the consequences of you action or inaction to a Dreamweaver prompt.

Janine Warner writes in a nice easy writing style. The formatting of the book is excellent with the use of different font types and styles to help the reader. This helps greatly when skimming through a pages looking for a website reference or HTML coding examples. As Ms. Weaver explains this is not a cover to cover read but more reference material. It is also very well organized.

This book is a great starting point for Dreamweaver but I would recommend that while this book does a great job covering CSS you should go get a book dedicated to CSS because of the complexity of CSS.

The only prerequisite here is that you have to really want to learn Dreamweaver. When working with Dreamweaver it is important to know what you want your site to do before you start to use Deamweaver for the first time other wise you can get caught up in the many features that may or may not be helpful to you.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By a reader on March 23, 2007
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Having just started a new job in which I need to begin developing web-based training very soon, I reserved every book I could on Dreamweaver through our local libraries. This one is my favorite.

I think one reviewer complained about the 'cutsey' stuff, and let me say that this is not your typical "Dummies" book - I was almost to page 50 before I came across one comment about her spouse, and I think there was one more such comment later on. I will also say that as a trainer, instructional developer, technical writer, and journalist, I tend to judge computer books with a critical eye (and I read a LOT of them).

I found the pace of this one to be just right -- I am rather impatient and I didn't have a lot of time to waste, so I didn't want something that proceeded slowly, but I was also new to Dreamweaver, so I didn't want something that proceeded at a breakneck pace.

This book does what it claims to do. It doesn't claim to be a Dreamweaver book for those who are already power users. It does not propose to be an exhaustive reference, as perhaps does the other Dummies title that describes itself as being nine books in one. The all-in-one is a nice enough book, but I didn't have time to read 900 pages before beginning to develop my projects. Speaking of 900-page books, I chose this book over Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual, because the latter one, albeit much larger, did not present the information as concisely, and I found myself reading three paragraphs to get the amount of content that I could get from one paragraph of this author's book.

This book does, in its 400 or so pages, give a reasonably good foundation from which one can learn more about advanced topics, if desired.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on January 8, 2006
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There are certain software packages that have simply become the standards by which others are compared. Dreamweaver is one of those packages. When you go talk to professional web workers, most of them use Dreamweaver. When you want to put 'web designer' on your resume, you want to put down or be able to tell them 'Dreamweaver' at the interview.

This book is an excellent introduction to the Dreamweaver software package. It's written in an interesting combination of tutorial and reference format. It says that it's intended for the complete beginner, but I think that might be just a bit much. Some idea about how the web works, even a little bit of HTML background will be a big help.

One point I consider weak. There's a chapter on using Flash. Obviously Flash, also put out by the same software publisher, has to be included. My suggestion. A lot of us hate Flash. It's slow, it requires a download, and it puts cartoons on your site. Most of the big sites used flash at one time, they don't any more. If you have to use flash, put a prominent 'Skip the Cartoons' button on the page.

Two points I consider strong. One, her treatment of CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. This is something you simply have to know. Two, her treatment of building database driven sites. She gives an excellent introduction - but lets you know that this is just the beginning and you have a lot of other things to learn. I'll add -- If you're going to do a dynamic web site of average size, don't even think of doing it without Dreamweaver.
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