Better Living through Pleasantry: A Dreamweaver user's guide to effective technical communication

Many of those Web professionals coming into prominence today learned their skills through visual editors like Dreamweaver. Many of the 'older hands' in the Web team will not have used Dreamweaver.

So what's the problem? The Same word can mean one thing for DW users and something totally different for those without the DW background.

This article looks at the confusion that can arise, and points out some common differences between the Dreamweaver terms and the W3C terms which will make communication in a project team smoother - and therefore, more productive.

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Table of Contents:

  • Clarifying the Unclear
  • Attributes versus Properties
    • No, it's not an alt Tag!
  • Layers
  • Form "Objects"
  • Other Naming Issues of Note
  • A Few Words about the Word "Code"
  • Elements and Tags
  • But Wait, There's More!

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molly holzschlagCoined "one of the greatest digerati" and deemed one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web, there is little doubt that in the world of Web design and development, Molly E. Holzschlag is one of the most vibrant and influential people around. With over 25 Web development book titles to her credit, Molly currently serves as Communications Director for the World Organization of Webmasters.

As a steering committee member for the Web Standards Project (WaSP), Molly works along with a group of other dedicated Web developers and designers to promote W3C recommendations. She also teaches Webmaster courses for the University of Arizona, University of Phoenix, and Pima Community College. She wrote the very popular column, Integrated Design, for Web Techniques Magazine for the last three years of its life, and spent a year as Executive Editor of

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