Modifying Dreamweaver to Produce Valid XHTML

by Carrie Bickner

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  1. Is there a mistake in the dates posted for each message or is this the type of dating where its day/month/year and nothing has been posted since April.

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  2. all this chat just goes to show how good it really is I think I might buy it with all the bells n whistles.

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  3. I just wanted to post some updates to the article for DWMX

    1. Valid Default Document New Path: c:\program files\macromedia\dreamweavermx\DocumentTypes\NewDocumentsThe just edit the one you want.

    2. closing image tag: same file but different lines
    New lines: 24 and 27

    The current information in the article about eding the html files in Forms, Frames, etc…. is still current.

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  4. Remove the 30 day / VBox shit from the trial version.

    1. Run regedit.
    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Macromedia.
    3. Completely delete the Dreamweaver folder and subsequent keys.
    4. Exit regedit and launch Dreamweaver.
    5. Should the VBox screen reappear, click Try, else:
    6. Fill in First Name, Surname and enter a random serial from this file:
    7. http://www.crackz.ws/HJKJguyGcfgRyiytfrdGHjy679hgfGHJ/m/JIDWMX6.ZIP
    8. [Probs with link? Navigate to http://www.crackz.ws/m1.htm]
    9. [and select MACROMEDIA DREAMWEAVER MX 6.0 FINAL]
    8. Enjoy!

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  5. Oh! Oh! I feel like I’ve died & gone to Heaven! I’ve finally stumbled upon a group of people discussing just the same type stuff I need to know! I’ve got questions for y’all coming up!

    But, to respond to this topic, I’ve been putting together a site & converting another to DWMX, using many templates & library items in both. So far, the only negative I’ve found has been one annoying but manageable issue with the templates.

    Sometimes DWMX allows you to insert & save some bad code it really doesn’t like, but doesn’t tell you until you discover it yourself & try to correct the problem (like a missing close tag or something). When you try to make the correction, the template gets a bit confused & thinks you’re trying to change something in an “uneditable” region. My only successful methods of rectifying the situation have been to undo, undo… until I get back to the place I made the original mistake (this works sometimes & sometimes not) or to use the method recommended by one of the DW consultants from the DW site forum which is to open the pg in a different editor (I’ve just used Notepad, but the tabs can make it quite hard to locate what you’re looking for), make the correction & save it, then reopen the pg in DWMX. You can see the full discussion on this issue at… http://webforums.macromedia.com/dreamweaver/messageview.cfm?catid=189&threadid=431846

    I found that this was less of an annoyance when I turned off the 3 Preference/Code Rewriting/Rewrite Code options.

    Otherwise, I’d have to say my experience so far has been that templates/nested templates & library items RULE! You see a minor change, you make it to the template, &, bam, in a few secs all your pgs are changed. Don’t like the change; remove it from the template, save, & it’s gone from all pgs. Same with the library items for such as dates, amounts, counts. (Note: The Library seems to get a little confused about iitself every once in a while & sort of think it doesn’t exist or an item name remains when the item has really already been deleted. I’ve always been able to resolve this “fake prob” by Recreating the Site Cache & Refreshing the Library until either all the items reappear or the names of the deleted ones no longer appear).

    I surely hope nothing more negative shows up with ‘em as they truly make site-wide updating a snap.

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  6. I do think too that people bashing WYSIWYG users are somewhat arrogant. And they miss the point anyway. It’s not about having all the work done for you, it’s (as James stated) about TIME.

    Would any of you say: “don’t use a text processing software to produce long documents, but instead start typing all the attributes and styles in a text editor, then render it in some other software”? Uh? No, of course. So why on earth should HTML be an exception in this? Very funny.

    I can write code, too, and have a fairly high typing speed.

    But between the average 10 minutes I take to determine page layout and CSS via Dreameaver, + the 10 minutes of code verification/correction, and the full 1 hour it takes to do the same in raw typing, well, I’ve choosen.

    Matching, in a text editor, the time one takes in DW to build layout and CSS is possible only with very simple layouts, with more than 80% informational contents.

    Another consideration is that when you come from PAO, your working habits are very different than when you come from the programming world. For programmers, writing code is the “natural” way. For PAO designers, actually SEEING what you are doing is the “natural” way. It’s a whole different approach.

    I personnaly can tell, most of the time, the difference between a site designed by someone who is into PAO and someone who’s on the programming side…

    I DO understand the points of those guys who claim that, FOR THEM, using text editors is better. Sure it can be. But some of them are indeed arrogant, and should think twice before making nonsense declarations. I think they simply deny the right to “traditional” designers to play a role in the web community, and dream of a web directed only by programmers, “people who KNOW about languages”. To me, it doesn’t sound very democratic.

    Cheers from Belgium :-)

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  7. somebody’s got code envy ^^

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  8. shouldn’t the posts be in reverse order? i had to click next, next, next just to get to today. seems wierd to me.

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  9. MX seems to have fixed all.. well almost. you can set all of the afore mentioned changes in prefrences except the
    to
    and <img> to <img > but you can still do this in TagChooser.xml. Someone said somewhere that the special character incoding is wrong and also the flash code is updated but still dosn’t validate so we are still stuck with the flash satay (what is satay) method. woo hoo! im happy it even does good code formating! COOL!

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  10. Dreamweaver, has since v4 offered a feature by which certain sections of code are translated. This includes the php

    < ? php include(‘header.php’); ?>

    which i use to inclue the header you see above. problem is dreamweaver interprets this as an ssi and decides to translate this to the source found in the local copy of the file, no matter how out of date.

    http://www.stargeek.com/perma.php?id=49

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  11. and for macromedia dreamweaver 6.1 any 1 knows where can i get the crack?

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  12. In DW4. In code mode I try editing Javascript code like MouseOver, OnChange, etc, and change them to all lower case.
    They look OK but then they always revert back to their original.
    I’m trying to validate as XHTML.
    Anyone else seen this?
    Any fixes??
    email me
    jaz@mykard.com

    Jaz

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  13. Dreamweaver keeps rewriting my javascript events as such:
    onmouseover = onMouseOver

    this is keeps my page from validating…

    is there anyway to stop Dreamweaver from doing this?

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  14. I create site models in XML, generate the site (with XSLT) and then fill in the content in a WYSIWYG (using FP2002). Now I’m trying to round-trip the content back into the XML.

    Problem: the HTML generated in FP2002 is not XHTML compliant by far, so the round-trip screws up my XML something wonderful.

    Any suggestions for a nice (cheap) page WYSIWYG for XHTML? No site features required (except maybe publishing)?

    Thanks.

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  15. Dreamweaver MX trial version expired and I’ve tried everything to rejuvenate it with no luck. There is obviously some hidden file that prevents me from re-downloading a fresh trial version and the old one won’t launch anymore. Any suggestions? (I’ve tried the suggestions above for changing a trial version to full but it doesn’t seem to work once the 30 day trial version has expired)

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  16. Hi,

    DMX keeps messing with my PHP Code even if my settings seem correct. If you have a few minutes, please check my post: http://www.mx-system.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1358.

    Thanks,
    JM

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  17. great little article this, now i don’t need to buy dwMX….oh how i like my dreamweaver 3 :)….thanks again! scott

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  18. dsss

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  19. anyone know how to crack Dreamweaver MX 6.1 for MAC??? THANKSSSSS.

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  20. Is the appropriate extension for an XHTML file .xhtml or .xht or what?

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  21. I keep finding the question, but have never found the answer. I use DW for the templates and management etc. I hand code in code view, but DW won’t leave certain attributes well enough alone.

    It keeps changing selected=“selected” back to selected

    How do I get it to stop that?

    Jennifer

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  22. ckrack Dreamweaver MX 6.1 for MAC?

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  23. I’ve just read that comment tags in XHTML have to be done differently using CDATA or something – it’s still a little fuzzy. Anyway, DMX uses comment tags for its templates with no CDATA thingummy so doesn’t that mean all pages produced by a DMX template are NOT valid XHTML? Anybody know what I’m talking about?

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  24. <bold> I want a dreamweaver mx trial version crack for my mac</bold>

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  25. Hello,

    I was just wondering if A list a part is going to publish a guide how to make these same tweaks in DW MX 2004. Atleast the doctype doesn’t change by editing the default.html anymore. I’m using a mac with DW MX 2004.

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  26. The modifications to Dreamweaver to produce valid XHTML, do they apply to Dreamweaver MX as well or only the previous versions: 4,3..?

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  27. does anybody know where to get the crack for dreamweaver MX for osx?
    if you please let me know thanks

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  28. Does anyone know of a program that does automatic XHTML? If there is not one out yet, is there anyone who wants some XHTML work to do? email me to get started. I have paypal and pay very well!

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