While events get the ball rolling, actions are, yes, where the action is. Whether it's opening a 200 x 200 pixel browser window or using HTML to control the playback of a Flash movie, you'll find an action for almost every interactivity need.
In some cases, alas, the actions aren't very good. Macromedia hasn't added many behaviors since version 4, and, unfortunately, they haven't gone through and weeded out the behaviors that aren't very useful or that don't work well. In those cases, this book makes clear which are the rotten eggs to steer clear of.
After you complete the steps required to set up an action, the new action appears in the Behaviors panel, and your Web page is ready to test. At that point, you can click the behavior's name in the Behaviors panel, where—by clicking the Events pop-up menu, as shown in Figure 11-1—you can change the event that triggers it.
Although Macromedia hasn't added any new behaviors to Dreamweaver 8, you can add an almost unlimited number of new behaviors—if you know where to look. You can find loads of behaviors (written by non-Macromedia programmers) at the Dreamweaver Exchange or at one of the many extension Web sites listed on Section 19.2.3.
Many of Dreamweaver's actions are useful for adding creative navigational choices to your Web sites, giving you the opportunity to go beyond the simple click-and-load approach of a basic Web page.
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