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Workshop

The Workshop area is meant to reinforce your reading with a series of questions and exercises.

Q&A

  1. How are layers typically used?

  2. Layers are barely handled correctly in 4.x level browsers. Rather than using them for layout, most layer-based sites use them for animation—which you'll learn about tomorrow!

  3. How can style sheets be used to create cross-platform/cross-browser compatible Web sites?

  4. Besides setting spacing/margin attributes in pixels, style sheets can be used to force pixel font sizes for text in the design view. This enables you to develop a Web page that is pixel-per-pixel identical (or as close to identical as possible) between browsers and platforms.

  5. What's the best way to get files to my server?

  6. I prefer to use Network/Local server access—this won't require anything more than mounting a server volume on your computer and choosing the folder using the standard file-browsing tools.

  7. Why do forms require server behaviors to work?

  8. Forms submit information back to a server. It is up to the server to process the form's information and produce a result. Alternatively, you can write JavaScript to process the contents of a form, but this is best left to books on JavaScript!

Quiz

  1. What does the Cloaking option do?

  2. What is the Z value in reference to layers?

  3. What does a frameset hold?

  4. What is a testing server?

  5. What advantage does a navigation bar offer over simply inserting navigation elements?

Quiz Answers

  1. Cloaking hides files and folders that should not be considered an "active" part of the Web site.

  2. The Z index is refers to the level of the layers. If a layer appears above another layer, it has a higher Z value.

  3. A frameset contains the individual frames that, in turn, contain their own full HTML pages.

  4. Dreamweaver MX supports three types of file locations—local, remote, and testing. The testing (or "staging") server is used as an intermediate testing ground before moving files to the remote server.

  5. The navigation bar allows you to insert and manage navigation elements, including re-ordering and changing their on-page orientation.

Exercises

  1. Assuming you have an ISP or server, try setting up a remote connection and uploading the Day 1 site to the remote server.

  2. Practice using the tools and techniques (specifically style sheets and layers) discussed in the chapter. There are many things to explore—take your time.

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