Chapter 5. Putting Text on the Page

In This Chapter

  • Adding text to a page

  • Choosing and editing fonts

  • Using the Property Inspector to style text

  • Understanding CSS

  • Creating an external style sheet

Adding text to a Web page requires more than just typing on the page. You must carefully plan your Web pages so that search engines (and viewers) can easily find relevant content on your Web site. In this chapter, you read about the fundamentals of text formatting for Web pages, from the basic principles of choosing a font size and font family to spell checking text and implementing Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Because you can assign type properties quickly and update several instances in a few easy steps with CSS, it's viewed as the most efficient and preferred method of applying text attributes on a Web page. When you create text for the body of your page, include keywords that provide descriptions of your site's content. This strategy makes your page more relevant to search engines and viewers.


As a default, Dreamweaver formats all text on your page with CSS, which is the standard for formatting and styling text. In Dreamweaver CS3 and earlier, you still had the option to enable and use archaic <font> tags to format text if you so chose; this option has been removed from the CS5 preferences. Now you can format with font tags only by manually inserting <font> tags by choosing Insert

Putting Text on the Page

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