Our college has just started using Muse (and of course Adobe announce Muse's closure a few weeks later!) but my lecturer has asked for some technical details. Could anyone please provide any answers and perhaps a simple explanation of what the terms mean so we can then tell the students. (I am a cameraman so no experience of website building).
What are Alt-Tags and how are they used in Muse?
What sort of encryption/SSL does Muse use?
How does Muse work, HTML or Java or its own format which is then converted to html?
Thanks for any help,
Hi Ashley. Here are the answers to your questions:
Alt tags are snippets of text that sit in the code are mainly used for images and generally describe the image content; e.g. 'A picture of a cute kitten on the sofa with a green hat on'. They serve several purposes; the text appears on the page if the image cannot be loaded for some reason. They also provide the description for screen-reading software used by visually impaired people. They also, to some degree, help with search engine optimisation (SEO); images you find on Google are indexed using the alt tags. To set them up in Muse, you right-click an image in the Design space and select Edit Image Properties to open the dialog. Tooltip displays when you hover over an image, Alternative Text is where you enter the description; this can also be done via the Assets Panel.
Muse itself doesn't use encryption. SSL is set up on the web hosting you choose for the Muse-designed site.
Muse as an application is coded in C (I believe). The Design interface is a hybrid of drag and drop design, based in part on InDesign and uses the default browser to render certain aspects of the page design. The browser is also used for the built in Preview space. The conversion to HTML and CSS happens when the site is published, either to a web host by FTP or to a local folder on the computer.
I hope this helps.