Dreamweaver 4 Magic
contains 12 stand-alone projects that can be completed by anyone with a basic working knowledge of Macromedia's popular Web authoring application. It's a good choice both for ambitious beginners who want to make rapid progress beyond the manual and for intermediate users looking to extend their knowledge of DHTML techniques.
In fact, the bulk of the book is devoted to using DHTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to create effects that otherwise would require bandwidth-hungry graphics. Everything is compatible with version 4 and higher browsers including Netscape 6 and Opera 5 and can be produced in Dreamweaver itself, occasionally making use of extensions supplied on the CD.
The great thing about Magic is that, as well as showing you how to produce cool effects and apply advanced techniques, what you produce in the process of learning is often of practical use itself.
Most of the projects are related to navigation and interactive menu building. Starting with fly-out and drop-down menus, imageless roll-over buttons and a tabbed-panel interface, Al Sparber and his co-authors provide practical and workable evidence that dynamic, interactive and cool-looking sites can be constructed without sacrificing bandwidth, browser compatibility or sleep.
Those who like their interfaces multi-layered will find what they're looking for in the projects on constructing a collapsible menu and a hierarchical tree-view menu. The really cool stuff comes at the end with a project to create a sideways-scrolling menu bar and Web presentation based on scrolling windows. --Ken McMahon
From the Back Cover
This book answers many of the top advanced-level questions posted on the Dreamweaver Newsgroup through a series of 30 projects. Projects are grouped into design issues for easy reference. Each project will be from 3 to 10 pages in length and be designed in a 2-column format with step-by-step instructions on the left and corresponding graphics (or code) on the right. In addition, sidebars will be used to provide additional tips and tricks. Any effect, technique, or tip can easily be customized to fit a reader's own design needs.