I can't believe I'm have to ask this, but I want to edit font sizes, font styles and colours in CS5 (recently upgraded) Design view but using HTML tags, not CSS. If I use the Properties panel in HTML mode only Bold and Italic options are shown, where have all the other options gone?
I found alignment in the Format menu, but whenever I use that menu for trying to edit font style I seem to get forced into CSS, and I can't for the life of me find how to change the font size without editing the HTML in code view, which I don't want.
Such a n00b, can anyone help please?
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It's not uncommon and speaking of which I think more people should use the Adobe - Feature Request/Bug Report Form and request a feature to turn on inline styles for an entire document, because it is common to do this for HTML emails as Outlook doesn't like much else and is the most picky and problematic email client there is, much like IE, although IE is trying to move forward.
In the Properties window, click on CSS then targeted rule and choose Inline Style. Then Dreamweaver will apply an inline style to the element. It will still write the CSS code, which is the proper way, but it will write it inline which is the case when you cannot link to external CSS files.
An inline style is still CSS, right?
OP is asking how to change font styles without using CSS. The answer is that you just cannot. Why? Because the <font> tag is no longer valid HTML, and DW tries very hard to only write valid HTML. I'm afraid you will have to learn some CSS to do this.
Thanks for the responses folks.
Does this essentially mean that Dreamweaver Design view is not the tool for editing html email templates (as my understanding is that in order to ensure correct rendering and best deliverability that 'basic' html is the only safe option currently)? I seem to remember hotmail is a particular problem with CSS.
It's this reason I was avoiding CSS.
With HTML emails, as Gary has pointed out and I apparently missed altogether (still don't find it in your original post), you can use inline CSS without too much worry. In other words, to make a section of text be red, you could have this -
<p>Now is the time for <span style="color:red;">all good men</span> to come to the aid of the party!</p>
DWCS5 knows how to create such inline rules and can write this for you when you elect to add an inline CSS using the Property inspector. You will be completely safe using this approach.