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Whether you’re considering building or taking over management of your first presence on World Wide Web, or whether you’re an old-timer who has been hand-coding Web pages since the rickety dawn of the Internet, GoLive is written for you — and so is the Adobe GoLive 5 Bible.

Like its namesake and topic — Adobe GoLive — this book is designed to be the ultimate tool for creating a Web site and going live with it on the Web. Both could also easily (if not for copyright) go by the subtitle Staying Alive because the key to success on the Web is not just getting your site up there, but keeping it fresh. GoLive makes that easy, too. GoLive is as easy to use after you publish your site as it is to publish it in the first place. Built-in file transfer, complete with incremental upload, enables you to enjoy the same easy-to-use visual design interface to update or add to your site. You can upload any new or changed pages with just two clicks (or three by your own preference).

GoLive was written with designers in mind so the interface is easy to use and is consistent with Adobe’s other excellent design applications. At the same time, it accommodates users who want to do serious programming within their page code. It was written for today’s Web, with GoLive, adding all of the popular multimedia types is a cinch, and it’s easy to make your sites interesting and fun. There’s a lot to GoLive, so there’s a lot to this book.

This book goes beyond just telling you how to use GoLive. It not only explains what the various tools and capabilities of GoLive are, but shows you what each thing is for, and gives you an idea of how you might use it. It even provides the materials you need to try various features of GoLive and capabilities of the Web, so you don’t have to scrounge around for sample files or wonder how something works. Many of these materials are waiting for you right on the CD-ROM included with this book. Other materials are more appropriately available on the Web so their addresses are noted within the book or at, this book’s companion site — is a constantly growing resource for you as you work with GoLive and this book.

Welcome to the world of GoLive, and to the Web if you’re new to that neighborhood, too.

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Is This Book for You?

In short, if you’re interested in creating a Web site and like working as efficiently as possible, this book is for you.

Are you a designer who’s been asked by clients to create Web sites? GoLive was created with designers in mind. I, and many of the contributors to this book, share this background with you. You’ll find both GoLive and this book are easy to identify with and use.

Have you been hand-coding sites for years? If so, you deserve a break. GoLive’s site management puts an end to broken links and difficulty moving files. (If you use this book and GoLive just for that one feature, you’ll free up hours in your life. Then, while you’re at it, look at the FTP features and win back some more hours of your life.) You don’t have to alter your existing sites or pages to begin managing them in GoLive. Chapter 4 shows you how. In fact, you can continue to hand-code your pages all the time, or any time.

Are you fairly new to the Web and wondering if a Web site is beyond you? It’s not. GoLive is powerful and does a lot, but its palettes and windows are friendly and consistent. I’ve been teaching computers to beginners for years and still remember my first years very well. I love passing on the power of computers and great software, not showing off my own knowledge. My directions are simple and straightforward. I even tested them on beginners. As long as you comfortably know your way around your computer (Windows or Macintosh), you’ll have no problem. The beauty of a book is that you can read it and reread as you experiment. In addition, this book’s companion Web site at has some real-life pages you can explore and even look at within GoLive to see how they are done.

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How The Book Is Organized

Over 1029 pages of important information can be rather daunting to contemplate, let alone digest, so I’ve divided the book up into logical parts. Consider this book a Chinese restaurant menu from days of old, where you can choose an item or two from column A and another from column B. Take what you need and pass on the rest; it’ll still be there for you when you’re hungry for more later. Here’s what’s on the menu.

Part I: Introducing GoLive 5

This part introduces you to the GoLive basics. Here’s where I show you the fundamental tools you use to build your presence on the Web. Wondering what GoLive can do for you? Wondering if it can handle your site? Here’s the answer. (Well, the answer is yes, but here are the details of GoLive’s powerful site management and creative design capabilities.)

Part II: Starting to Build Your Site

Ready to get started? This is the place to learn how. Whether you’re starting a new site from scratch, converting a site from another application, or bringing a hand-coded site into GoLive, this part covers the details of actually starting your site.

Part III: Adding Text, Graphics, and Links

Whether you’ve got pictures to speak for you or you’ve got your thousands of words on hand, this is the part that shows you how to deploy them. As you create your message, the linking techniques you learn here enable you to build your site in earnest.

Part IV: Using GoLive's Advanced Tools

After you’ve got the basics down, you can add a navigation bar, logo, or other more advanced feature to your site using GoLive’s Components, and jazz up your interface with fancy buttons. You can also format your pages with style sheets — a very good idea. Want to lay things out in tables or use frames to present your site? That’s here too. This is the place to learn how to really take control of your pages and get the formatting just right.

Part V: Adding Multimedia, Movement, and Interactivity

Here’s where the Web becomes fun. This part shows you how to add video, animation, or sound files to your site. It’s also where you learn about using Dynamic HTML (DHTML) to add movement to your site without video files. Want to make one of those cool effects where text or images magically appear when the mouse rolls over a screen element? That’s DHTML — and this is the place for learning how to do it. The basics in Part III are a prerequisite to this part.

Part VI: Going Live — The Final Touches

After your pages are complete, come here to learn how to add some professional touches that’ll help your site be found — and help visitors find what they seek at your site. Then learn about optimizing your site for delivery on the Web. This part shows you how to polish your site in a variety of ways. It’s also where you’ll learn how to get your site onto a server — to go live with it.

Part VII: Using GoLive's Advanced Site-Planning Tools

A site’s not very lively if you can’t easily make changes to it after it’s live. GoLive makes updating a cinch. I show you how to do it right here. After you get all the basics of site design down, and know the power of GoLive, you may want to become part of a design team — perhaps a team that presents design ideas to clients, or an international design team with codesigners all over the world. Those powerful high-end professional design features are the subject of this part, too.


The focus of this book is GoLive’s Layout mode, but GoLive also enables you to view, edit, and create within HTML using straight HTML (via the Source tab or Source Code window) or by using GoLive’s unique HTML Outline view. GoLive also includes a full-fledged JavaScript editor, so you’ll find a short introduction to JavaScript back here as well. In case you’re new to creating forms, one appendix provides some more background and understanding of how forms work. And, in case you’re planning on e-commerce, you’ll find an appendix on that topic, too. And don’t forget this book’s jam-packed CD-ROM, which another appendix describes in detail.

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Table of Contents

View the full 20 page ToC as a PDF or note the chapter names in the table below. If you have have the default Acrobat reader installation, the ToC appears in this window (give it time to load). If you don't have the PDF plug-in installed (or changed your browser prefs) the PDF will download. Either way you can search it.

Note: In the brower window, click the (Find) and (Find Again) buttons to search.

Part I: Introducing GoLive 5

1 Introducing GoLive’s Features 3
2 Getting to Know GoLive’s Interface 19
3 Viewing and Editing HTML 65
4 Getting Help 87

Part II: Starting to Build Your Site

5 Starting Your Web Site 103
6 Setting Up Your First Page 127
7 Using a Grid as a Layout Tool 153

Part III: Adding Text, Graphics, & Links

8 Entering & Formatting Text 191
9 Creating & Formatting Lists 237
10 Putting Images on Your Pages 251
11 Adding Navigational Links to Your Page 299

Part IV: Using GoLive’s Advanced Tools

12 Making Image Maps & Using Advanced Links 345
13 Creating and Laying Out Tables 369
14 Creating Reusable Components, Items, & Text 413
15 Designing Your Page with Frames 437
16 Adding a Form to Your Site 475
17 Refining Your Web Pages with Style Sheets 517

Part V: Adding Multimedia, Movement, & Interactivity

18 Applying GoLive’s JavaScripts: Actions & Smart Objects 569
19 Adding Special Effects and Animation 625
20 Adding Audio and Video 667
21 Creating QuickTime Movies in GoLive 703
22 Creating Your Own JavaScripts 749
23 Adding Java Applets to Your Page 773
24 Using Dynamic Link 785
25 Optimizing and Problem-Solving 811
26 Polishing Your Web Pages 865
27 Publishing Your Web Site 887

Part VII: Using GoLive’s Advanced Site-Planning Tools

28 Updating Your Site 915
29 Using the Site Designer 933
30 Authoring with WebDAV 975


A What’s on the CD-ROM 1019
B Introducing the JavaScript Language CD
C How Forms Communicate CD
D Understanding the E-commerce Puzzle CD
E Extend Script and the GoLive SDK. CD

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Adobe GoLive 5 Bible Index

Wondering whether the Adobe GoLive 5 Bible will answer your questions? One way to see if it might is to search the book's index. You can do a find within the index.

The index is a PDF. If you have have the default Acrobat reader installation, click the Index link to view the index in this window. The index is 30 pages so it takes a while to load. If you don't have the PDF plug-in installed (or changed your browser prefs) the PDF will download.

Note: In the brower window, click the (Find) and (Find Again) buttons to search.

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