Chapter 33

Customizing Dreamweaver

In This Chapter

  • Automating web development with commands
  • Including custom XML tags
  • Modifying keyboard shortcuts
  • Updating Tag Libraries

Dreamweaver has a high degree of extensibility built right in, with its customizable HTML objects and JavaScript behaviors. With a tremendous number of API functions, objects, and behaviors, Dreamweaver presents a host of ways to extend its power. Here are just some of the options:

  • Menus: The entire Dreamweaver menu system is completely customizable. You can add context menu items, rearrange the main menu, and even add completely new menus, all by modifying a single XML file.
  • Keyboard shortcuts: Adobe makes it easy to use the same keyboard shortcuts across its product line—even extending such ease to other products—with the Keyboard Shortcut Editor. In addition to adopting the most comfortable set of key combinations, shortcuts for individual commands can be personalized.
  • Commands: Commands are JavaScript and HTML code that manipulate the web page during the design phase, much as behaviors are triggered at runtime.
  • Custom tags: The rapid rise of XML makes custom-tag support essential in a professional web-authoring tool. Dreamweaver gives you the power to create any custom tag and control how it displays in the Document window.
  • Property inspectors: Custom Property inspectors go hand in hand with custom tags, enabling the straightforward entry of attributes and values in a manner consistent with the Dreamweaver ...

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