The Very Basics
You'll find very little jargon or nerd terminology in this book. You will, however,
encounter a few terms and concepts that you'll encounter frequently in your computing
Clicking. This book gives you three kinds of instructions that require you to use
your computer's mouse or trackpad. To click means to point the arrow cursor at
something on the screen and then梬ithout moving the cursor at all梡ress and
release the clicker button on the mouse (or laptop trackpad). To double-click, of
course, means to click twice in rapid succession, again without moving the cursor
at all. And to drag means to move the cursor while pressing the button continuously.
Keyboard shortcuts. Every time you take your hand off the keyboard to move the
mouse, you lose time and potentially disrupt your creative flow. That's why many
experienced computer fans use keystroke combinations instead of menu commands
wherever possible. Ctrl+B (-B), for example, is a keyboard shortcut for boldface
type in Dreamweaver (and most other programs).
When you see a shortcut like Ctrl+S (_S), it's telling you to hold down the Ctrl or key, and, while it's down, type the letter S, and then release both keys. (This command, by the way, saves changes to the current document.)
Choice is good. Dreamweaver frequently gives you several ways to trigger a particular
command梑y selecting a menu command, or by clicking a toolbar button,
or by pressing a key combination, for example. Some people prefer the speed of
keyboard shortcuts; others like the satisfaction of a visual command array available
in menus or toolbars. This book lists all of the alternatives, but by no means
are you expected to memorize all of them.