Adobe’s Dreamweaver is a “What You See is What You Get” (“WYSIWYG”) web design program. Dreamweaver allows you to build a complete Web site from scratch without having to write much (if any) HTML or CSS. This makes it possible for non-coders to create web content.
Dreamweaver replaced Adobe’s GoLive software when Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005. At the time of this writing, the most current version of Dreamweaver is CS3. CS3 allows you to use Spry widgets and data fields: dynamic, reusable elements that can interact with the user or with a database. CS3 also offers tighter integration with Photoshop and better support of CSS.
This workshop covers the basics of Dreamweaver: how to add content and set up a preliminary page layout. We mention the value of Styles and Templates (and occasionally cover them in class if there is time), but we leave alone the Spry framework, Data sets, and several other advanced features. We do, however, provide resources that may be useful in these regards.
You are highly encouraged to review the materials from the Web Publishing at the UW before continuing with this workshop.