7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 23, 2008 4:39 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Working With Templates

    pipwax1
      I am using the Fireworks Version 9. After creating a template and exporting it to Dreamweaver then saving it as a template with editable regions. I have a question about the main content region. Should I delete the sliced image and enter my text or use a layer then enter the text in the layer?
        • 1. Re: Working With Templates
          pixlor Level 4
          If you want your content to be indexed by search engines or available to be read by readers for the visually impaired, then you should use text. If you have selected a unique font style you want to preserve, then keep your content as an image.

          Note that, if you delete your image, you may have to edit the HTML so that the layout still works. (It depends on how complex it is.) Test the text layout with various browser font sizes. (Use the View>Text Size option in the browser.)
          • 2. Re: Working With Templates
            pipwax1 Level 1
            Thanks for the information. I was able to use text, I would assume because I made the area in question an editable region. However, I will keep your advice in mind for future reference. I plan to use Fireworks as oppose to Photoshop. I find that the learning curve is shorter.

            Thanks again
            • 3. Re: Working With Templates
              Level 7
              Just be aware that neither FW nor PS write HTML that is useful for
              production work. It's OK for early prototyping, but definitely not robust
              enough for anything 'real'.

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              "Smooth Skater" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              > Thanks for the information. I was able to use text, I would assume because
              > I
              > made the area in question an editable region. However, I will keep your
              > advice
              > in mind for future reference. I plan to use Fireworks as oppose to
              > Photoshop. I
              > find that the learning curve is shorter.
              >
              > Thanks again
              >
              >

              • 4. Re: Working With Templates
                pipwax1 Level 1
                It seems that I have heard this before. Can you direct me to some documentation that will allow me educate myself, because I am working on a template that will go live.
                • 5. Re: Working With Templates
                  Level 7
                  You want documentation about how "wizard" HTML is not robust? I'm not
                  really aware of any....

                  However, here's a post I have made more than once -

                  When you use a graphics editor to write your HTML, the editor assumes that
                  EVERY PAGE will have the same shape. It then proceeds to write HTML that
                  EXACTLY reproduces the shape of the layout you have built, but at the price
                  of extreme rigidity of the resulting HTML (the tables are littered with col-
                  and rowspans), which means that if your page shape changes at all (i.e., you
                  add more content on one page, or larger graphics on another page), the whole
                  layout breaks down.

                  Based on my observations of posts on the DW forum over the past 5 years and
                  more, fully 30% of the posts there can be attributed to this single issue -
                  using wizards to write your HTML (even DW's Layout mode is the same).

                  Now - adding interactivity in FW is not exactly the same thing, but it's a
                  bad habit that needs to be broken (in my opinion). Use FW to do what it
                  does exceptionally well - create graphics for the web. Use your HTML
                  authoring for what it most likely also does exceptionally well - create HTML
                  pages. Don't get the two mixed up....

                  To read more about col- and rowspans, go here -

                  http://apptools.com/rants/spans.php


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                  "Smooth Skater" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                  > It seems that I have heard this before. Can you direct me to some
                  > documentation that will allow me educate myself, because I am working on a
                  > template that will go live.

                  • 6. Re: Working With Templates
                    pipwax1 Level 1
                    Thanks for all of your help. Your information has been of great value!
                    • 7. Re: Working With Templates
                      Level 7
                      Good luck. Get busy with the HTML study!

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                      "Smooth Skater" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                      > Thanks for all of your help. Your information has been of great value!