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They are for very different things. While it is possible to create a =
Flash website, there is a huge learning curve to doing so. Flash is =
predominantly either used for either animation or some applications that =
are placed into web pages.
Dreamweaver is the html tool for creating sites. I would advise =
downloading the 30 day trial of Dreamweaver from the Adobe.com web site =
and work through some tutorials. There are some good ones available =
from either the Dreamweaver Development Center
or from Adobe TV.
click the check boxes for Dreamweaver CS4 and beginner.
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"fjcunninghamjr" <email@example.com> wrote in message =
> I am relatively new to creating websites, but want to do more. Can =
someone tell me why I should use Dreamweaver over say Flash.
> Thank you
If you think Flash is an appropriate product to code a webpage then you
already know the answer.
Your question is nearly equivalent as asking why you should use MSOutlook
over MSPublisher to compose an email.
Maybe your question should have been why use Dreamweaver over Frontpage.?
"fjcunninghamjr" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I am relatively new to creating websites, but want to do more. Can
> someone tell me why I should use Dreamweaver over say Flash.
> Thank you
Flash uses Action Script to program behaviors on a stage or storyboard -
much the way you might edit video clips to make a movie.
Dreamweaver uses the language of the web to build browser compliant
webpages. The language of the web is Html and CSS plus other advanced
In my experience, the people who crave Flash driven sites (mainly
restaurants & artists) want the cosmetic look but don't understand its
drawbacks. While Flash is a powerful media format, it's not a substitute for
well-crafted html pages.
- Flash doesn't provide much meat for search engines to grab onto so
they tend to get poor rankings on search results pages.
- People with slow internet connections won't appreciate a Flash only
- Flash isn't friendly for people who use web assistive technologies
like translators or screen readers.
- Finally, if a Flash player is not installed on the system, your site
visitors won't see anything at all.
To overcome these obstacles, some Flash site developers build two versions:
one in Flash for the people who can use it and another in Html for all the
If you are serious about web design, study Html & CSS first
www.w3schools.com Later, as your skills improve, pick on or two other web
programming languages to learn. To be a web developer, you have to keep
learning new things all the time.
Best of luck,
Alt-Web Design & Publishing
why not learn html and css first, then work with dreamweaver, you will find the dw learning curve to be minimum.
Goodness, you took the words right outta my mouth!
That's exactly the ticket....
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"RJweb" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> why not learn html and css first, then work with dreamweaver, you will
> find the dw learning curve to be minimum.
As well as the links below - another way to learn (including anyone else's bad habits) is to find a page you like, and then tell your web browser to show you the code view for the page and/or do a "Save As" and save the page to your computer to then copy & paste code segments into your file (in IE click View at the top, select Source from the options)
HTML and/or DW Tutorials, and other information links that I have saved
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