Nobody believes that a picture is worth a thousand words more than today’s web designers, as evidenced by the highly visual nature of the Internet. In fact, it’s not difficult to stumble onto a home page composed almost entirely of graphics, as you can see in Figure 5-1.
Even if you don’t want to go that far, understanding how to effectively use graphics on a web page is invaluable. Whether you want to plop a simple photo onto your page, cover it with clickable “hotspots,” or design an interactive set of buttons that light up when a cursor passes over them, Dreamweaver makes the job easy.
If you were writing out the HTML instructions for your web page by hand, you’d insert an image using the image tag: <img>. For example, the HTML snippet:
tells a browser to display a graphic file named george.jpg, which it can find in the Images folder. (An image tag’s primary property is called the source [src]; it indicates the path to the graphics file.)
Figure 5-1. Some websites rely almost exclusively on graphics for both looks and function. The home page of the Curious George website (http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/), for instance, uses graphics not just for pictures of the main character, but for the page’s background and navigation buttons, too.
Dreamweaver does all the necessary coding for you when you insert a picture into your fledgling ...