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Learning a Web Authoring Tool

Jul 1, 2011
Martin A. David
Technology Schools Columnist

Professional web designers may know how to write the markup languages such as HTML and XML that makes their sites function. They may use all the tags and tricks that bring words and images to life on the Internet. However, most of them would prefer to use their time in more creative ways.

Professional web authoring tools such as the Dreamweaver program may allow designers to turn out winning sites without reinventing the wheel each time.

HTML (hypertext markup language), relatively may be an easy code form to learn. The instructions, known as "tags" are fairly straightforward and simple to remember. An authoring tool is a program that will add the tags and insert the creative effects without you needing to write the code.

There are various authoring tools on the market, but let us look at Macromedia's Dreamweaver and at the possibilities offered by Macromedia education.

Simple but Complex

One of the reasons that the tool is helpful is that it almost does the work for you. The key word here is almost. If you're happy with simplicity and a slightly homemade look, then you may use the manual to learn the software. The documentation is clear enough.

However, chances are you invested in the product because you want to do professional websites. If that is the case, you may want to think about Dreamweaver training. A Dreamweaver class may show you how to use the authoring tools in ways you'd take years to learn on your own.

Dreamweaver Training Opportunities

Computer schools may offer Dreamweaver training as part of its curriculum. The company that created Dreamweaver, Macromedia, also offers a full education program. There may also be ample opportunities to take your Dreamweaver training online.


In this course, you may explore the basic elements of Dreamweaver, and define a Web site on your local machine. You may also import text and clean Microsoft Word-generated HTML.You may also be trained to add structural elements to your HTML document and alter HTML tags using the Quick Tag Editor.

The target student may be the professional who may want to use Dreamweaver MX 2004 to design and develop Web pages with a WYSIWYG application, but who usually has the ability to understand and work with the architecture and coding of Web pages.

Students may be those in small companies or departments within large companies who typically use Web technologies for electronic communication through the use of new technologies. Some examples of target customers may be advertising agencies, marketing agencies, and intranet/extranet production.

About the Author

Martin A. David is a published author, translator, and technical writer in the Silicon Valley. He manages the Technical Publications department of a technology firm.