David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He’s been building Web sites since 1995, when he designed his first Web site: an online magazine for communication professionals. He’s served as the Webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and he has helped build, design, and program numerous Web sites for clients including Macworld.com and Playlistmag.com, among others.
In addition to building Web sites, David is also a writer, trainer, and instructor. He’s taught Dreamweaver at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Center for Electronic Art, the Academy of Art College, Ex’Pressions Center for New Media, and the Art Institute of Portland. He currently teaches in the Multimedia Program at Portland State University. He’s written articles about Dream-weaver and the Web for Practical Web Design, MX Developer’s Journal, Macworld magazine and CreativePro.com.
David is also the author of CSS: The Missing Manual.
David has used Dreamweaver since version 2, and has been a member of the Dreamweaver Advisory Council. He welcomes feedback about this book by email: email@example.com. (If you’re seeking technical help, however, please refer to the sources listed in Appendix A.)
Peter Meyers (editor) is the managing editor of O’Reilly Media’s Missing Manual series. He lives with his wife and cats in New York City. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dawn Mann (copy editor) is assistant editor for the Missing Manual series. When not working, she likes rock climbing, playing soccer, and causing trouble. Email: email@example.com.
Sohaila Abdulali (copy editor) is a freelance writer and editor. She has published a novel, several children’s books, and numerous short stories and articles. She recently finished an ethnography of an aboriginal Indian woman. She lives in New York City with her husband Tom and their small but larger-than-life daughter, Samara. She can be reached through her Web site at www.sohailaink.com.
Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where her favorite places to eat are Punjabi Dhaba and Tacos Lupita. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Gill (technical reviewer) is the owner of Web Wish Productions, a Web design company based in Central California. Web Wish Productions now services clients all over the United States, targeting mostly small to mid-sized businesses and every industry from agriculture to entertainment and media. Nancy also authored the Dreamweaver 8 e-book for Dynamic Zones and is hard at work on the sequel for Dreamweaver CS3. Nancy co-authored Dreamweaver MX:Instant Troubleshooter with four other members of Team Macromedia and has served as technical editor on dozens of Dreamweaver- and Contribute-related books.
Murray Summers (technical reviewer), a biochemist by training, has spent the last 20 years working in the computer industry. In 1998, Murray started his Web site production company, Great Web Sights (www.great-web-sights.com). He’s an Adobe Community Expert, and previously a Team Macromedia member, a Macromedia Certified Web Site Developer, and Dreamweaver Developer. Murray has also contributed chapters and authored books about Web development.
Many thanks to all those who helped with this book, including my students, who always help me see technical issues through beginners’ eyes, and the readers of previous editions of this book, who have given me great ideas, helped me fix important oversights, and pointed out the occasional typo. Thanks as well to my technical editors: Murray Summers, whose prolific critiques have provided a comfortable safety net to protect me from any embarrassing gaffes, and Nancy Gill for helping make sure my discussion of Dreamweaver, databases, PHP, and MySQL was on target. Thanks to my colleague at Portland State University, Ross Olson, who took on some of my teaching responsibilities so that I could get this book done.
Of course, without the hard work of the Dreamweaver team, this book wouldn’t have been possible.
Finally, thanks to David Pogue whose unflagging enthusiasm and boundless energy never fails to inspire; to my editor, Peter Meyers, who has helped make my words sharper and my writing clearer (and who also has had to endure long weekends of work to make sure this book got finished on time); to my wife, Scholle, for being such a strong supporter of my writing and a wonderful partner in my life; my mom and Doug; Mary, David, Marisa and Tessa; Phyllis and Les; and my son, Graham, who has taught me that robots, spaceships, Star Wars, and Legos are much more important than writing books.
—David Sawyer McFarland
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters); and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat with-out the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.
Recent and upcoming titles include:
Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
AppleScript: The Missing Manual by Adam Goldstein
AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink and David Reynolds
CSS: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover and Barbara Brundage
Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Excel 2003: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser
Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
Flash CS3: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer and Chris Grover
FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual by Jessica Mantaro
GarageBand 2: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Google: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, by Sarah Milstein, J.D. Biersdorfer, and Matthew MacDonald
iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPod: The Missing Manual, Fifth Edition, by J.D. Biersdorfer
Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition, by David Pogue
Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Office 2004 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Mark H. Walker and Franklin Tessler
Office 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E.A. Vander Veer
PCs: The Missing Manual by Andy Rathbone
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
QuickBooks 2006: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition, by David Pogue and Adam Goldstein
The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer
Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford
Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, by David Pogue
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, and Linda Zacker
Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
The “For Starters” books contain only the most essential information from their larger counterparts—in larger type, with a more spacious layout, and none of the more advanced sidebars. Recent titles include:
Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Kate Chase and Scott Palmer
Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Mac OS X Leopard for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
Quicken for Starters: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover