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Introduction

Computers store programs, related information, and data in units called "files." A "Web Site" is simply a collection of files which the Web browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.) uses to present information to you. Files normally have a name and a three-character extension (for instance, index.htm) These files include the Web page files themselves (which end in the htm extension) and other associated files (such as graphics.)

Creation of a Web Site involves the creation of the "start-up" page, index.htm, which the Web browser looks for to begin displaying information, associated pages and files, and saving these files on your hard drive. These files are then transferred to your Web site host's computer (published) for access by someone surfing the Web.

Because different browsers may display web pages differently, the pages which you create with Dreamweaver may not look identical to what you see in a browser. Dreamweaver has the ability to let you preview your pages with actual browsers. Press the F12 function key or go to File > Preview in browser > select the browser you want.

According to Dreamweaver, Netscape 4.x has a bug which only appears when a page containing layers is maximized to full screen. Since most people run Netscape at full screen, this is probably not a problem. But it can give you fits if you use Dreamweaver's File-Preview function because Dreamweaver always starts Netscape so that you have to maximize it (at least it does on my computer.)

To avoid the problem with Dreamweaver 3.0, set the Edit-Preferences-Layers option to Add Resize Fix for Netscape 4 Compatibility.

If you are using Dreamweaver 2.0, go to the Dreamweaver 2.0 Download page and select Extensions. Click on the link to Netscape Layer Fix Object. You can then download a file to your computer. (The name will depend on when you do this, since the file also updates Dreamweaver 2.0 in other ways. It was called sept99ext_install.exe when Igot it.) Find the file from My Computer and double click to run it. It will do what's necessary to update Dreamweaver 2.0. Now when you have a web page where the bug might be a problem, simply open the Insert menu and click on Netscape Layer Fix.