True broadband Internet media like streaming video, audio, and high-quality graphics continue to grab the headlines. After all, it’s exciting to speculate about the Web replacing your telephone, or tapping your keyboard to get movies on demand.
But the Web is primarily woven with words. Steven King novellas, Sony PlayStation 2 reviews, and the latest gossip on J. Lo still drive people to the Web. As you build Web pages and Web sites, you’ll spend a lot of your time adding and formatting text. Understanding how Dreamweaver works with text is vital to getting your message across effectively.
This chapter covers the not-always-simple act of getting text into your Dreamweaver documents. In Chapter 3, you can read about formatting this text so that it looks professionally designed.
In many ways, Dreamweaver works like a word processing program. When you create a new document, the blinking cursor appears at the top of the page, ready for you to begin typing. When you finish a paragraph, you press Enter or Return to start a new one. Text, as well as anything else you add to a Web page, starts at the top of the page and works its way to the bottom.
Many useful special characters—such as copyright or trademark symbols—don’t appear on your keyboard, making them difficult or impossible to type. The Text tab of the Insert bar lets you use a variety of symbols and international characters quickly by clicking ...