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Safe to use Dreamweaver MX 2004 with CSS-based layouts?

Sent by Oliver Hodgson on 21 February 2005 13:01

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Francois Jordaan
> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 12:12 PM
> Subject: [css-d] Safe to use Dreamweaver MX 2004 with 
> Obviously it won't matter if the layout is a little wonky, as long as it
> doesn't look completely all over the place, crash, or rewrite the HTML
> outside the template delimiters.

Its a while since I've used it, but IME it depends on the layout. If its just something quite
simple, its not normally a problem. But when you start doing complex things it starts to get
confused and get things very very wrong. If this is a problem, I believe there is a feature called
design time stylesheets, which are basically stylesheets that only DWMX gets to see. I never really
investigated this though.

The text properties box also has two modes: CSS mode (where the user has access to heading,
paragraph, strong, em etc, and any CSS classes) and Normal mode (where they get all that plus font
tags). I'm not sure if you can lock it into CSS mode but its probably best to get it to default to
that if you can.

Thankfully I've never known it to rewrite the code outside of template delimiters so you don't have
to worry about that.

Another Macromedia product you might like to look at is Contribute - which is basically a web
publishing system that uses the DWMX input/rendering engine -



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