In Dreamweaver, you can manually change the Code Coloring colors that are displayed in Code View in the Code Coloring Category of the Preferences dialog.
This is easy when you just want to tweak a few colors, but changing your entire coloring scheme to a dark background requires changing many different settings, which can be a lot of work.
Fortunately, I found the Dark Code Colorization for Dreamweaver extension written by Tom Sramek which does the work for you. Thank you for sharing, Tom.
The Dreamweaver team is happy to announce the release of 3 extensions this week!
We got feedback on a number of issues that we could solve via extensions, so we packaged them up.
First is the HTML5 pack for Dreamweaver CS3 and CS4. We released a version for CS5 only and we heard from users that they wanted it too. This extension contains the code hinting for:
- New HTML5 tags
- New attributes and values for existing tags.
- Many CSS3 features.
- Some -moz and -webkit CSS properties.
Multi-screen Preview, Media Queries and Starter Layouts were not included since they were not fully backwards compatible.
So hopefully this will help DW users get into all the new HTML5 goodies.
Second, some CS5 users were sad to see the Validator feature go away. We got a lot of requests for this feature, so we packaged up the files to reinstate it.
After installing, you will get the old File > Validate > Markup back in the menu and the Results panel.
Fair warning: We removed it because it wasn’t totally accurate, so check with the W3C before you go live. People like this feature to find bugs in product, before they get to W3C.
And lastly, DW CS4 users that are trying out the Widget Browser, and specifically the new Spry UI widgets are getting a warning about missing widget code. DW CS4 isn’t recognizing these new widgets as Spry widgets. So we made an extension with a new translator that recognizes the new widgets and suppresses the warning.
So we hope that these new extensions will solve some issues for users. Let us know if you have other things you would like to see. We read every e-mail that comes through the wish list and it is how we saw these issues come up, so let us know!
Dreamweaver Quality Engineering
Dreamweaver CS5 introduces the Inspect Mode in Live View. This can be turned on (among other ways) using:
View > Inspect
Once you are in Inspect mode, the element under the mouse in Live View is “inspected”. Box Model highlighting is displayed in Live View for the inspected element, the element is selected in Code View (both static and Live Code) and in the Tag Selector, and element details are displayed in all Panels that track selection (such as the CSS Panel Current Mode).
This allows you to move the mouse around the page to quickly discover the page structure. Click in the page to feeze the inspection (i.e. selection) on the current element. Click again to exit Inspect Mode.
This feature uses the Live View “hover” mechanism to determine the current element. This makes it impossible to inspect any container element where the container has no padding and has only 1 child, and the child element has no margins. There are no pixels over which you can hover the mouse to choose the container element for inspection.
To handle this case, simple keyboard navigation is provided using the left-arrow and right-arrow keys:
- In Inspect Mode, place mouse over any element.
- Without moving mouse, press left-arrow key to change inspection to parent element.
- You can keep navigating to the parent all the way up to the <body> element.
- Pressing right-arrow key returns inspection to previous child element. Once the mouse is moved to a different element, then the list of “previous” child elements are forgotten.
Give this a try and let me know how this works for you.