October 1, 2006

Dreamweaver – Flashing Divs

I recently got a new computer system, which meant reinstalling all my software <wince>. At any rate, one of the problems I ran into was that, in Dreamweaver, running the cursor over a div (or typing into a div) would cause the whole div to kind of “flash” … that is, the text area would flash (it looks like something in the background appears, and the text “blinks”) with every character you type. This is, as you can imagine, pretty annoying.

I’d solved this earlier on another computer but couldn’t find the solution this time. So, as I’m also using this blog as a respository for such information (because our internal intranet is only a bunch of web pages without a search function), I’ll put it here in hopes that anyone who is pestered by this feature can find it. And that non-intuitive solution is simply a change in the Preferences panel:

Dreamweaver flashing divs

Don’t ask me why checking this option stops the flashing div phenomenon (heck, I don’t even know what "offscreen rendering" could possibly mean), but it does.

4 Comments to "Dreamweaver – Flashing Divs"

  1. Vans says:

    I was struggling for it myself, search on Google and found the solution on your site. Thanks Mate

  2. Diane Vigil says:

    Happy to be of help.

    The flashing div feature is pretty annoying; I’m guessing that “offscreen rendering” has something to do with screen readers. Just wish Macromedia (and now Adobe) would label it a little more clearly in the Preferences panel. Or in the Help section, because one doesn’t intuitively know what’s causing it or what to search for!

  3. Ben Dark says:

    Dreamweaver has become steadily more annoying to work with over time, I have deleted it from my home computers and am trying to convinve work to lose it too. Too many stupid assumptions (No I don’t want another &$%%$&^% div inserted into my document without my consent – my code feels violated), too many cutsie hand holding features, too much fluff and complexity. Notepad is a better html editor.

  4. Diane Vigil says:

    Okay. It’s like my father used to say: you pays your money and you takes your choice.

    I know what you mean; I’m pretty particular with my code. I’ve turned off indenting, and have set the way DW spaces the code.

    By the way, I turned off that div-inserting. I think it was in Preferences > Code Format.

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