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Yes you can design with HTML only, though I don't know for sure what needs to be done to make DW play that way. What you should try is to go into the Preferences (Edit -> Preferences) and in the General section deselect the option for "Use CSS instead of HTML tags" (if it's there... I don't have CS5).
I'd bet if you can find a simple html editor it might be easier make work that way.
Thank you for your response. I checked the preferences as you advised and could not find any option to turn off CSS. I don't understand why there doesn't seem to be a straightforward solution to this, it seems so simple. The reason is that the code will be inputed into an eBay listing and therefore CSS code is not supported.
Any other input for a seemingly simple yet complex solution to this is welcome and appreciated.
The option to disable CSS was removed from Dreamweaver CS4. CS5 is the same.
If you have a strong need for using font tags, open the Favorites category of the Insert panel/bar, right-click, and select Customize Favorites.
In the dialog box that opens, select HTML from the Available objects menu. At the bottom of the list, you'll find Font Tag Editor. Highlight it, and click the double-chevron to move it to the right-hand panel. Click OK to insert the Font Tag Editor in your Favorites.
You can use the Font Tag Editor to style existing text with font tags.
The alternative is to use inline CSS styles, which can be created using the Targeted Rule menu in the Property inspector when the CSS button on the left is selected.
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Based on Dave's response, it might be easiest for you to find some freebie web design software that doesn't support CSS automatically (or at all). You can probably find Homesite available for download... here's one possible location...
Thank you for your answers and solutions. Forgive me for being so brash. I remember using Dreamweaver when it was Macromedia and it seemed more simple then.
Again, Thank you.
Same here but the web has evolved exponentially in the past decade and DW end users are much more demanding. Plus website visitors expectations are much higher. DW has evolved accordingly.
David, I realize you posted your reply months ago, but you just saved my life! Thank you.
I have to design without css because it's not cross platform reliable / compatible in the world of the emailed newsletter. I was so happy to finally be able to afford to upgrade my Dreamweaver... so imagine my shock when I find out it can't do the simplest thing in the world: put in a stinking font tag.
I may be the only person out here in cyber land who is designing emailed newsletters... but somehow I doubt that. Adobe ought to think about putting the ability back in for those who want it.
I have to design without css because it's not cross platform reliable / compatible in the world of the emailed newsletter.
Not so, as long as you keep the CSS either inline or embedded within the body - in those cases, it works fine in gentle use.