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How to add layers in Dreamweaver CS5

Mar 3, 2011 6:26 PM

I am using Dreamweaver CS5 for the first time and cannot find a way to insert layers. One comment I ran across on the internet suggested that layers are a thing of the past. If this is so, can someone please suggest another way to achieve the same result? I need to add resizable, movable text boxes on top of a full-page background image. How do I do this without layers? Thanks!

 
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    Mar 4, 2011 12:50 PM   in reply to alansky1

    Layers produced such horrible code, Adobe saw fit to remove them from CS3.  Good riddance to layers!

     

    For best results, find a pre-built CSS layout that has been tested to perform well in all browsers.  Depending on your needs, you could begin with a basic 1, 2 or 3-column layout.   Then it's a fairly simple matter of inserting elements where needed.

     

    Basic 1-column Layout with Floats

    http://alt-web.com/TEMPLATES/Basic-1-col-fixed.shtml

     

    Basic 2-column Layout

    http://alt-web.com/TEMPLATES/CSS-Basic-2-column-layout.shtml

     

     

     

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    Mar 4, 2011 1:31 PM   in reply to alansky1

    Layers still exist - they were renamed AP Divs from Dreamweaver CS3 onwards (because that is what they are - Absolutely Positioned Divs).

     

    You're not referring to Timelines, are you? If so, they disappeared with CS4 because of the outdated bulky code used to generate them.

     

    Can you tell us more about these resizeable. movable text boxes that you want to create?

     

    Got any links to similar examples on other websites?

     
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    Mar 4, 2011 2:53 PM   in reply to alansky1

    but I would much rather use a simpler, possibly templete-based program for building websites.

    DW is pro-level software.  iWeb is consumer-level software.   I don't know of anything in-between these 2 that produces acceptable code by current web standards.

     

    I've looked at several products including Xara Web Designer and SiteGrinder but the layouts generated by these products fail to meet my litmus test.  The page falls apart when text size is increased in browsers.  So I can't recommend them for use on commercial web sites.

     

     

     

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    Mar 4, 2011 8:39 PM   in reply to alansky1

    Can you upload your page and post a link.

     

    There's probably a down and dirty way of achieving your goal via the code.

     
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    Mar 15, 2011 6:27 AM   in reply to alansky1

    > I would much rather use a simpler,

    >possibly templete-based program for building websites.

     

    >I don't know of anything in-between these 2 that

    >produces acceptable code by current web standards.

     

    One word:  RapidWeaver

     
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