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RE: Requesting Good Book

From: Lois Wakeman <lois@lois.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 17:44:35 +0100
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Hi there Daman,
I don't know any books to recommend that are that specific, but to get the
best out of DreamWeaver you need to understand the principles of valid HTML
and accessible web design before you even unpack the CD from the box!
Start by understanding how to code to current standards for (X)HTML and CSS,
then do that in DW, which should be used as a support tool for your coding
and site management, rather than a WYSIWYG design tool.  Any good book on
accessible design should explain that - and there are many excellent
tutorials on the web to help you. But be warned, it is a huge and complex
subject with conflicting requirements, and I imagine that I am not the only
subscriber to this list who still learns new things every week, after many
years in the business.
Adobe Creative Suite 2 is a big bundle of assorted image/print tools, and so
only relevant to creating/processing the visual elements, which would
generally be secondary to the text content in the majority of accessible web
sites. PS Elements will almost certainly do 90% of what you need.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but...
Whatever you do, don't fall into the still-common trap of doing page mockups
in PhotoShop and then slicing and dicing them in Fireworks to make web
pages. Or design an all-Flash site come to that.
Lois Wakeman
Received on Tuesday, 1 August 2006 16:47:05 UTC

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