Updates and Corrections (All Editions)
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Dreamweaver CS4 Edition:
1/1/10, updated the DWcs4_ExampleSite_start_on_pp15.zip download: Previously this download included a mistakenly empty file (text_snips2copy_paste.html file). It now includes all the snippets that you'll want for copying and pasting into the site example files as you build them. To get the 6.3mb compressed folder of files, jump here for the details. Or, if you like, you can hop over to the single page of copy-and-paste text snips and save the page to your machine.
12/3/09, fixed corrupted CS3 & CS4 example files: I have created new versions of all these files and re-uploaded them to the site. Some readers had been getting error messages that these example files were corrupted. If you have any problems with them, please let me know.
BTW, a reader recently alerted me to an article that suggests the corrupted download issue may be a problem with Internet Explorer 6 running on Windows 2000. For all the details, see http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/corrupted_downloads/. If you're using that combo and get a "corrupted file" message on the example download, give it another try but first clear the browser cache to get rid of the incomplete download. Otherwise, Internet Explorer will keep telling you the file's corrupted.
9/29/09: Two example files—used on page 53 to import tabular data— were mistakenly left out of the big zip file. Here are two quick links to download two versions of the file, one as a simple text file, the other as an .xls spreadsheet file. I will redo the all-in-one example zip file when I get a chance. In the meantime, grab these two little files.
9/14/09 (see update above): I spaced! In the downloadable examples, the text_snips2copy_paste.html file is empty. I'd created it so that folks could copy and paste snippets from it to build out the various blank index.html pages used in the examples. An alert reader pointed out that I never filled it in.
pages 2–7: To see all of the features explained in the Explore Dreamweaver section of the book, you need to open a Web page. A blank one will do just fine. One frustrated reader rightly pointed out that I failed to mention this bit of crucial information, which left her stumped. My apologies.
page 37: A reader wondered why the example files do not include dunepage.html. The reason it's' not included is because you simply create a duplicate of the index page you've been working with all along. I see now that the wording for Step 1 on page 37 might have added to the confusion.
While it says: "Click in the page where you want to use the duplicate of your original (Copy of dune300.jpg in our example in a blank duplicate we created of the index page named dunepage.html)."
Here's a clearer wording of what I meant to say:
Step 1— Create a blank duplicate of the index page you've been working with all along. Name it dunepage.html. Now click in that page where you want to use the duplicate of your original image (dune300.jpg). The duplicate image is automatically named copy_of_dune300.jpg.
page 46, step 2: Two crucial steps are missing from the book's text. The instructions should say this: "Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac) to start a fresh paragraph. Without moving the cursor, go to the CSS Styles panel (Window > CSS Styles), scroll to the bottom of the list where you see a rule called .clearfloat and choose Apply from the context menu. Now press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac) one more time. Then click the Table button in the Common tab." Then resume with step 3.
(The extra steps ensure that the table starts below the previous text and photo, instead of running to the right of both.)
page 98, step 2: The text says: "Looking at the header in the Code window, click after the heading and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac) to give yourself some space…"
While the illustration shows the cursor placed just before the </h1> tag, you should actually click immediately after that tag.
Then Right-click and press Enter (Option-click and press Return for single-button Macs).
Use the Menu Bar to choose Insert > HTML >Text Objects > Paragraph. Again using the Code view as your guide, place your cursor right between the <p> and </p> tags that were just inserted. Now, from the Menu bar choose Insert > HTML > Special Characters > Non-Breaking Space. Click the Refresh button in the Properties panel and the added space appears in the Design view.
Leave the cursor right where it is within the Code view and click the Design view button to switch out of Split view.
Resume your work with step 3.
Dreamweaver CS3 Edition:
- Flash and QuickTime examples for pages 29-32 now available: I didn't originally include them in that book's example files, figuring that you'd use your own Flash or QuickTime file to do the steps on pages 29-32 of the Dreamweaver CS3 edition. Some readers, however, emailed to say they felt cheated and hoodwinked that my example files weren't available. As proof that I'm not a terrible person, I've created a separate downloadable file. (If you're using the Dreamweaver CS_4_ book's example files, the video files are already included in that book's download.)
- What system CGI script to use? In step 5 on
pp 103, the text should say "Use the Method
drop-down menu to choose which type of script to use."
(Don't mess with the Action field above it.) Your Method choices are POST or GET and selecting one or
other will depend on what your ISP uses. That info
should be readily available somewhere on your Web
- Confused about using the example files? Unfortunately, you're not alone. In fact, it's the number one complaint from readers. As I've tried to highlight on other pages, it's not straightforward to set up all these files as a local site in which you can then duplicate all the steps and examples in the book. The main thing to remember is this: download the files and then set up the entire folder "dwCS3vqjSITE" as your local site, as explained in the book on pages 7-8. Unless you're already pretty comfortable using Dreamweaver—and if you were, you probably wouldn't be using this book—that's the simplest way to go. And, like I say elsewhere on the site, if you know a better way to set them up, contact me.
- Workaround for image map's irksome dialog box. As discussed on page 75, an Alt text warning dialog box pops up every time you try to draw an image map. It makes it nigh impossible to use the Polygon Tool when drawing hot spots.
Try this: In the Menu bar, choose Edit (in Windows) or Dreamweaver (on the Mac) and then choose> Preferences > Accessibility. In the dialog box that appears, ncheck the 4th box labelled Images. Click OK to close the dialog box and Dreamweaver will stop hassling you. For more info, see this Adobe Forum.
- Right-click mystery: More than a few Mac readers with single-button mice have written in frustration asking "What is a right-click?" Press the Command key(on either side of the space bar) while clicking your mouse. Sorry—I meant to put a note about that right in the book's Introduction.
- Adding anchor link, page 65, step 6: There's some text missing without which this step won't work! Here's what the step should say (the missing text is in italics): In the Property Inspector's Link text window, use the compass-like Point-to-File icon to draw a line to the page containing the anchor. Then, right at the end of that page link, type # and (with no space between) the exact anchor name you created in step 3 (#FranceDetails in our example). Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac) to activate the link.
Dreamweaver 8 Edition:
No errors have ever been reported for this edition. Which seems pretty incredible, if not downright amazing.
Dreamweaver MX Edition:
(pages 25, 26, 35, 46, 66, 117.
Q page 25: The example file tuffits that I downloaded is finished, with all the pictures already added. But the example shown in the book doesn't have any of that. Where do I find the plain version of the page?
A: More than a few readers find Step 1 on page 25 confusing, so here's a bit of extra explanation.
In Step 1, I ask you to "open one of your existing Web pages." As I do throughout the book, I'm assuming you'll build your own one-of-a-kind pages, not create exact duplicates of my example pages. Clearly, not all of you shared that assumption.
Another busted assumption: I figured it'd be way confusing to post multiple versions of each sample file, each one reflecting every change along the way. It'd require dozens of versions for every downloadable file—a potential mess for readers. But the lack of a starter example page among the downloable files left some folks stuck. As one reader put it, "I am left dumbfounded as to how I can move forward."
I don't want anyone to get stuck, so here's a plain-vanilla version of the tuffits file without pictures and layers. You can use it to exactly duplicate the steps taken on pages 25-26 and 32-33.
Q pp 26: Step 4 refers to an image file named front_cover. Why can't I find it in the downloadable example files?
A: Sorry. The file is actually named frontCoverPlain, which you will find in the images folder of the downloadable example files.
Q pp 35: Second tip (add image) says you can create a new folder on a Mac with an Option-click. But nothing happens!
A: My mistake. On the Mac, you should use Control-click, not Option-click to create a new folder. (Incredibly, my main machine is a Mac, so let's just call this a lapse and leave it at that.)
Q page 46: Why can't I open the CAretailers tabular data file used in Step 4?
A: A previous version of this file caused a lot of people problems. With the help of several readers, I have posted a zipped plain text version of the file that should run on everyone's machine without hassle. Remember that the downloable file is a ZIP file, so you've got to decompress it first using your unzip/expand utility.
Q page 66: In Step 5, when I type NorthernCA in the Link text field, the link doesn't work?
A: You need to type #NorthernCA instead.
Q page 117: At the top of the illustration, has the text for the Put files button been accidentally swapped with the text for the Get files button?
A: Yep, I'm afraid so. The blue, upward-pointing arrow is actually the Put files button while the green, downward-pointing arrow is the Get files button.
Found an error in the book, or something confusing? Drop me an email and I'll post a correction or explanation ASAP. With your help, we can save others from the same headaches.