RDFa with Dreamweaver

Published on: Mon, Mar 09, 2009 , Updated on Mon, Mar 09, 2009
Tags: Dreamweaver, rdfa
Courtesy: www.sitepoint.com - 5th March 2009


One of the biggest obstacles in using the newest technologies is the unavailability of good tools to work with.  It is the same with RDFa too. Hence web designers have welcomed the launch of the RDFa extension for Dreamweaver version 8 to CS4 with much enthusiasm,a much welcoming news as it hasn’t been easy to publish RDFa by hand.  The availability of extension will definitely improve the situation.

The RDFa Documents extension was released by MartinMc Evoy and will be soon made available through Adobe Exchange, on getting approved. For the time being, it’s available in Martin’s site http://weborganics.co.uk/.

Here is a short list of features that you can avail:

•    RDFa Documents have a HTML TagLibrary with RDFa attributes as well as a XHTML+RDFa 1.0 Document Type Declaration
•    With the help of the extension RDFa  is made available to any Layout or Template that supports HTML/XHTML
•    By means of the Dreamweaver conversion utility we can also convert existing Documents to RDFa
•    At present, the extension supports inserting RDFa at code level, along with predictive text via a drop down

A short step from Martin can be viewed in the picture.

If you need to get a move on with RDFa in Dreamweaver, the best way is to create a new document for which you need to do the following processes.

•    File => New

•    The Page Types that are available are HTML, ASP, HTML Template, JSP or PHP. You can choose one from these.

•    Choose the necessary layout, and then from the Doc Type select, XHTML+RDFa 1.0

•    Now you can carry on your work, in design view, but it would be wise to split your view so that you can see both Code and Design view and also can insert RDFa where necessary.

•    On the other hand, you can convert your existing web pages too, by choosing File => Convert => XHTML+RDFa. This inserts the RDFa Document type declaration and converts (if not already) your document to XHTML.

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