19 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2012 5:21 AM by gadsey RSS

    Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8

    magnusandloki9728

      I have Dreamweaver 8, which was working fine a week ago. Now, if I open certain htm files, the screen stays blank and the time wheel just keeps spinning. It is very difficult to get back out of Dreamweaver once this happens.  Other files open correctly without any problem. I tried opening the problem files on my husband's computer, which runs the same software, and they open okay. On my computer, I have uninstalled and reinstalled Dreamweaver. I have also installed the .01 and .02 updates. My system is Windows 7. I have also tried reloading the problem files from my FTP server, which doesn't work either. Has anyone found a solution for this?

        • 1. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
          Nancy O. MVP

          If I recall, DW8 was released when the reigning OSs were Win98, Win2000 and WinXP -- long before either Vista or Win7 came out.

          You may need to run DW8 in XP Emulation Mode.

           

           

           

           

           

          Nancy O.

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          • 2. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
            Nancy O. MVP

            Also check that your problem files contain valid code.  

             

            Code Validation Tools

            ------------------------------------

            CSS - http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

            HTML - http://validator.w3.org/

             

             

            Nancy O.

            • 3. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
              John Waller MVP

              Long shot: try unchecking View > Display External Files

              • 4. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                Nancy O. MVP

                @John,

                I don't think DW8 had that option.

                 

                 

                N

                • 5. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                  John Waller MVP

                  I believe it arrived with the 8.0.2 updater.

                  • 6. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                    codeDawg Community Member

                    Hey magnusandloki9728,

                     

                    I had the same problem a couple of days ago.

                    I think this thread might help you.

                     

                    ~codeDawg

                    • 7. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                      magnusandloki9728 Community Member

                      Hi codeDawg,

                      Thanks for writing, but I have DW 8.02 and Display External Styles isn’t an option on View.  If you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.

                      • 8. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                        codeDawg Community Member

                        Hi magnusandloki9728,

                         

                        I am not familiar with DW 8.

                        First let's find out if this is indeed the same problem.

                         

                        In DW 8, is there an option to open files in code view - design view - code and design view?

                        If so, are you able to open the "problem" file in code view?

                         

                        The "unresponsive" problem seems to rear it's ugly head only when a design view is open.

                         

                        ~codeDawg

                        • 9. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                          magnusandloki9728 Community Member

                          Yes!  In just code it opened right up.

                          • 10. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                            codeDawg Community Member

                            Allrighty then ... looks like you have the same problem that everyone else is having.

                             

                            I don't have DW8 installed and I'm not familiar with it's features and menu system.

                            Now it's time to start poking around those DW8 menus.  You're looking for "Display External Files" or something similar.

                             

                            Perhaps someone else on the forum can guide you further.

                            Earlier in this thread, John Waller indicated that he thought you should have that option available in the DW 8.0.2 update.

                            That is certainly an area to pursue.

                             

                            ~codeDawg

                            • 11. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                              magnusandloki9728 Community Member

                              Well, that’s more than I knew before...is there anything I can do about it in DW8?

                              • 12. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                Nancy O. MVP

                                Trust me, DW8 pre-dates the "Display External Files" feature.  So that's not going to fix your problem.

                                 

                                Are you running Google Ads, Google fonts or any other external scripts on your problem pages?  If so, you might want to comment them out until you're ready to publish remotely.

                                 

                                Can you view your problem pages in Design View with CSS disabled?  View > Style Rendering > un-tick Display Styles.

                                 

                                 

                                Nancy O.

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                                • 13. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                  magnusandloki9728 Community Member

                                  Just tried it, some problem.  My web pages are pretty uncomplicated, some text, thumbnails with links to larger images, some hot spots.  Some pages are working just fine and others just like it aren’t.  And the problem pages will open in code only.

                                  • 14. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                    Nancy O. MVP

                                    Let's see your code from a problem page.

                                     

                                    Pasting Code into the Web Forum (don't use e-mail for this, it won't come through)

                                    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/427712

                                     

                                     

                                    Nancy O.

                                    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

                                    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

                                    http://alt-web.com/

                                    • 15. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                      magnusandloki9728 Community Member

                                      <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
                                      "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
                                      <html>
                                      <head>
                                      <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
                                      <title>Untitled Document</title>
                                      <style type="text/css">
                                      <!--
                                      body {
                                      background-image: url(bkgd/dgrey003.jpg);
                                      }
                                      .style3 {font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif}
                                      .style4 {font-size: x-small}
                                      .style6 {
                                      font-size: x-large;
                                      font-weight: bold;
                                      }
                                      .style7 {
                                      font-size: medium;
                                      color: #0000FF;
                                      }
                                      .style8 {font-size: x-large}
                                      .style86 { font-size: large;
                                      font-weight: bold;
                                      font-style: italic;
                                      }
                                      -->
                                      </style></head>

                                      <body>
                                      <div align="center">
                                        <table width="765" height="413" border="1" bordercolor="#000000" bgcolor="#666666">
                                          <tr>
                                            <td height="267" bgcolor="#949dcb"><div align="center"><img src="Development/gallery2.jpg" width="700" height="334" border="0" usemap="#Map"></div></td>
                                          </tr>
                                        </table>
                                        <br>
                                        <table width="820" height="500" border="1" bordercolor="#000000" bgcolor="#666666">
                                          <tr bgcolor="#949dcb">
                                            <td width="810" bgcolor="#949dcb"><div align="center">
                                              <table width="890" border="1">
                                                <tr>
                                                  <td height="36" colspan="4"><div align="center"><img src="Development/motto.jpg" alt="motto" width="720" height="74"></div></td>
                                                </tr>
                                                <tr>
                                                  <td height="37" colspan="2"><p align="center" class="style3">it's us again magnus and loki she says that a lot of you humans like looking at pictures of us we don't mind but could you send us some dead squirrel or lizard to show your appreciation?</p>
                                                    <p>  </p></td>
                                                  <td height="37"><div align="center"><!-- Facebook Badge START --><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnus-and-Loki/206762075972" target="_TOP" style="font-family: &quot;lucida grande&quot;,tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; color: #3B5998; text-decoration: none;" title="Magnus and Loki">Magnus and Loki</a><br/><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnus-and-Loki/206762075972" target="_TOP" title="Magnus and Loki"><img src="http://badge.facebook.com/badge/206762075972.4109.2110575862.png" width="120" height="234" style="border: 0px;" /></a><br/><a href="http://www.facebook.com/business/dashboard/" target="_TOP" style="font-family: &quot;lucida grande&quot;,tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; color: #3B5998; text-decoration: none;" title="Make your own badge!">Promote Your Page Too</a><!-- Facebook Badge END --></div></td>
                                                  <td height="37"><div align="center">
                                                    <p align="center" class="style86"><u><font color="#FF0000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">NEW!</font></u> </p>
                                                    <p align="center"><img src="prototypes/skinsmenu.jpg" alt="skins menu" width="275" height="73" border="0" usemap="#Map2"></p>
                                                    <map name="Map2">
                                                      <area shape="rect" coords="24,12,259,58" href="skins.htm">
                                                    </map>
                                                  </div></td>
                                                </tr>
                                                <tr>
                                                  <td height="75" colspan="4"><div align="center"><img src="Development/artby.jpg" width="553" height="55"></div></td>
                                                  </tr>
                                                <tr>
                                                  <td width="192"><div align="center">
                                                    <div align="center"><a href="mlimages/pureevil.jpg"></a><img src="thumbs/thmlevil.jpg" alt="pure evil" width="130" height="120"><br>
                                                        <span class="style3"><strong>Magnus &amp; Loki: <br>
                                                          Pure Evil </strong><br>
                                        <span class="style4">11&quot; X 12 &quot; acrylic </span> </span> </div>
                                                  </div></td>
                                                  <td width="192" height="261"><div align="center"><a href="mlimages/sailing.jpg"><img src="thumbnails/smsailing.jpg" alt="sailing.jpg" width="120" height="183" border="0"></a><br>
                                                    <span class="style3"><strong>Magnus &amp; Loki: Sailing </strong><br>
                                                    <span class="style4">28&quot; X 18&quot; oil<br>
                                                    </span> </span>            </div></td>
                                                  <td width="224"><div align="center"><a href="mlimages/chewtoys.jpg"><img src="thumbnails/smchewtoy.jpg" alt="chewtoys.jpg" width="119" height="130" border="0"></a><br>
                                                    <span class="style3"><strong>Magnus &amp; Loki: <br>
                                                    Chew Toys </strong><br>
                                                    <span class="style4">18&quot; x 20&quot; oil<br>
                                                    </span> </span>            </div></td>
                                                  <td width="254"><div align="center"><a href="mlimages/siesta.jpg"><img src="thumbnails/smsiesta.jpg" alt="siesta.jpg" width="191" height="150" border="0"></a><br>
                                                    <span class="style3"><strong>Magnus &amp; Loki: <br>
                                                    Siesta</strong><br>
                                                    <span class="style4">18&quot; X 26&quot; acrylic </span> </span>            </div></td>
                                                </tr>
                                                <tr>
                                                  <td height="217" colspan="2"><div align="center">
                                                    <div align="center"><a href="mlimages/snapshots.jpg"></a><img src="thumbs/smmlsnapshots.jpg" alt="snapshots" width="160" height="112"><br>
                                                        <span class="style3"><strong>Magnus &amp; Loki: Snapshots</strong><br>
                                                        <span class="style4">5&quot; x 7&quot; acrylic </span> </span> </div>
                                                  </div></td>
                                                  <td height="217"><div align="center">
                                                    <div align="center">
                                                      <div align="center"><a href="mlimages/penpals.jpg"></a><img src="thumbs/smpenpals.jpg" alt="penpals" width="155" height="122"><br>
                                                          <span class="style3"><strong>Magnus &amp; Loki: <br>
                                                            Pen Pals </strong><br>
                                                            <span class="style4">18&quot; x 24&quot; oil<br>
                                                            </span> </span> </div>
                                                    </div>
                                                  </div></td>
                                                  <td height="217"><div align="center">
                                                    <div align="center"><a href="mlimages/shakinghands.jpg"><img src="thumbnails/smshakinghands.jpg" alt="shakinghands.jpg" width="140" height="140" border="0"></a><br>
                                                        <span class="style3"><strong>Shaking Hands </strong><br>
                                                        <span class="style4">16&quot; X 16&quot; oil<br>
                                                        <span class="style6"><font color="#000000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><em><font face="Courier New, Courier, mono"><font color="#FF0000"><br>
                                                        </font></font></em></font></span><span class="style8"><span class="style7">Not Magnus &amp; Loki,<br>
                                                          but it is a cat and a dragon! </span></span></span></span><br>
                                                    </div>
                                                  </div></td>
                                                </tr>
                                              </table>
                                            </div></td>
                                          </tr>
                                        </table>
                                      </div>
                                      <map name="Map">
                                        <area shape="rect" coords="40,27,167,85" href="mlgallery1.htm">
                                        <area shape="rect" coords="29,158,221,196" href="stonepaintings.htm">
                                        <area shape="rect" coords="76,206,273,250" href="fantasygal.htm">
                                        <area shape="rect" coords="139,262,325,314" href="buyprints.htm">
                                        <area shape="rect" coords="194,18,330,132" href="photoalbum.htm">
                                      <area shape="rect" coords="385,137,642,245" href="http://clemensart.com/wordpress/">
                                      <area shape="rect" coords="421,280,602,316" href="fantasy.htm">
                                      </map>
                                      </body>
                                      </html>

                                       

                                      Here's the link to the online page:

                                      http://clemensart.com/mlgallery2.htm

                                      • 16. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                        Nancy O. MVP

                                        I think the culprit is your FaceBook Badge.  When I tried to open your page in Design View, my DW stalled and I had to close the app.

                                        When I commented out the Facebook code, it opens fine in Design View.

                                         

                                        Also, you've got a lot of deprecated code in your page.   Use the W3C validator.  It's more thorough than DW's code validator.

                                        http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fclemensart.com%2Fmlgallery2.htm

                                         

                                         

                                        Nancy O.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                         


                                        • 17. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                          magnusandloki9728 Community Member

                                          That seems to have solved the problem!  Thank you for your help.  I will run my pages through the validator wash, thank you for the link.  I have replaced the Facebook tag with a link.  As a right-brained artist, poring over code isn’t something I do very well.

                                          • 18. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                            Nancy O. MVP

                                            Glad to be of help. 

                                             

                                            Nancy O.

                                            • 19. Re: Files won't open in Dreamweaver 8
                                              gadsey

                                              I have the same problem, and unckecking "Display External Files" fixed it - you can find this option under 'Commands' at the very bottom of the list. It was probably my Facebook and other ecternal links that caused the problem - what a pain the update has caused!!