I am a graphic designer wanting to expend mt skillset. Mainly because I am currently at a job day to day that requires minimal amount of web stuff. It would benefit me greatly to have the web skills too. Anyway, I am having trouble in fireworks and dreamweaver. Sometimes something gets handed to me and I can open it DW and edit th text, send it back and it is fine. ready to go. More recently, I have been asked to change some marginal issues, plus create some things from scratch. I naturally went to Fireworks to do my layouts. I need to understand the best way to create something in FW and export it so that the code is as complete as possible fro DW. I know it is not that simple, but the web work that I am doing fro right now is VERY simple stuff. i just dont know the basics to get it done. Please help.
Fireworks is not a coding environment. Use Fireworks to design your layout and export your graphics. Use Dreamweaver to write the code to implement the design. The code that Fireworks can export is for creating prototypes with; it isn't intended for live sites.
If you want to expand your skill sets in the Web area, then that means learning HTML and CSS. You cannot get by on the exported code of a graphics program. Here are a couple of beginner tutorials:
http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/html-css-techniques/design-and-code-your-first-website-i n-easy-to-understand-steps/ (Excellent; the author uses Photoshop in this tutorial, but it can be done with Fireworks just as well.)