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February 2005

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Natural Language Explanation of CSS

Here is a free tool that might help you understand all the free stylesheets out there.

Enter one or more selectors or rulesets, or provide the URL of a stylesheet. The SelectORacle will show a natural language description of the rules. It will also flag potential errors and other problems.

Give it a try on this page: input "".

February 28, 2005

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Glimpse the Future

a lesser theatreRecently, I donned my hardhat and spelunked the 1st and 3rd floors here at 601 Townsend. Check out the lesser and greater theatres, the kitchen, and the vaults.

Under construction - should be completed in March.

February 27, 2005

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More than Just an RSS Feed

Blue MatterFor your consumption, I've created a Feedburner RSS feed, which splices together this blog feed, my Bloglines clip blog, and my Flickr photos tagged with 'macromedia', like this one.

Too easy.

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Designing with Dreamweaver (Macrochat)

MacroChat Smiles All smiles at Macromedia Community Week: Designing with Dreamweaver.

Last Spring, Scott Fegette and I discussed Best Practices for designing web sites using Dreamweaver, and the folks on the broadcasting team posted it for us to enjoy ad infinitum.

You can hear my voice over the Web, and watch me operate the software via Macromedia's slick Breeze conferencing service (based on Flash). This is a good place for all of my students to get started, or find out if this class is right for them.

If you enjoy it, definitely check out the rest of the MacroChats we all did for great tips and information on how to quickly build things with our tools.

February 23, 2005

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Dreamweaver Class Syllabus


X475 (2 semester units in Design)

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of the market-leading software for Web page design. Working with tables, frames, layers, and cascading style sheets, you learn to create and use graphics, format text, make internal and external links, implement simple behaviors such as rollovers, and set up and manage your site. This course is for anyone who wants to design visually compelling Web sites without having to hand-code their pages. It is also for those who want to learn to read and write code.

Prerequisites: Macintosh experience; familiarity with HTML and Photoshop or Fireworks is recommended. Related courses: HTML I X470, Principles of Web Design X478.

DOMINIC SAGOLLA, Ed.M., is an engineer for Macromedia Dreamweaver in San Francisco. Educated at Swarthmore College and then Harvard University, his teaching focus is constructionism � learning by doing. He has worked as a professional Web developer for over 10 years, for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, the MIT Media Lab, and

10 meetings

Feb. 28 to May 2: Mon., 6:30-9:30 pm
San Francisco: Room 201, South of Market Center, 95 Third St.
$795 (EDP 016634)


Class One 02/28/05:

How to Learn to Learn Dreamweaver
or, The Principles of Visual and Interactive Design for the Web

Class Two 03/07/05:

How to Learn Dreamweaver

Class Three 03/14/05:

How to Use Dreamweaver

Class Four 03/21/05:

How Not to Use Dreamweaver

Class Five 03/28/05:

How to Learn HTML and CSS Using Dreamweaver

Class Six 04/04/05:

How to Learn Server Languages Using Dreamweaver

Class Seven 04/11/05:

How to Use Dreamweaver and Fireworks together

Class Eight 04/18/05:

How to Use Flash within Dreamweaver

Class Nine 04/25/05:

Stump the Experts

Class Ten 05/02/05:

How to Crash Dreamweaver

Sound interesting? Sign up!

February 22, 2005

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Head to Head to Head to Head

Head to Head to Head to HeadTwo good players, and two not-so-good ones gather around one of the 60-inch plasmas for a lunchtime game of Halo 2 in the Baker & Hamilton building.

9 out of 10 programmers agree that video games improve mental and manual acuity on the job.

February 11, 2005

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Pulling Cable in 601

Pulling Cable in 601
Here is a pic of the construction on floor 2.
Note the antiquated beams vs. the metal and cable.
Down the hall from us is the Mobile team.

February 10, 2005

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Really undoing html.css

Eric Meyer on how to circumvent browser defaults. He deconstructs Tantek's css - worth a read.

Posted to CSS at 02:59 PM | comments (0) | trackback (0)

Baker + Hamilton

Baker & Hamilton building in San Francisco It's an entirely different world in our new building! The Dreamweaver team was one of the first to move in. We're on the second floor. The first and third floors are being finished now. Features: two arena theatres, a "living room of the future" (with all manner of Flash-enabled devices), shower facilities, a three (3) 60-inch-plasma screen gaming room on the 2nd and 3rd floors with wireless xBox, PS2, and Gamecube in each, retrofitted vaults, and a stone-oven pizzeria as part of the cafeteria on the 1st floor.

The Baker & Hamilton property is an historical building in San Francisco, almost 100 years old. The inside has been stripped down to its original wood and brick, and outfitted with the latest desk designs and free-standing ventilation and digital pipes. Very retro chic.

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