Introduction

What's in a name? In the case of Adobe's Dreamweaver, you find one of the most appropriate product names around. Web page design is a blend of art and craft; whether you're a deadline-driven professional or a vision-filled amateur, Dreamweaver provides an intuitive way to make your Web visions a reality and excels at producing multifaceted Web pages that bring content locked in a data store to the surface.

Dreamweaver CS5 stands at the center of a complex series of overlapping worlds. In one realm, designers of static Web pages are looking to expand their knowledge base into data-driven sites. Over there, you'll find application developers — some savvy in Active Server Pages, some in ColdFusion, and others in PHP — anxious to develop for the Internet. Another group specializes in sites that utilize content management systems such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. The spectrum of experience in both camps runs the gamut from eager novice to experienced professional, all of whom benefit from the advanced style capabilities of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). There's yet another group of prospective Web craftsmen and artists who want to do it all and are looking for a place to start. Dreamweaver CS5 is the one program robust enough for them all, and Dreamweaver CS5 Bible is your guidebook to all its features and capabilities.

To use this book, you need only two items: the Dreamweaver software and a desire to make cutting-edge Web pages. (If you don't have Dreamweaver, you can ...

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