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Fix For Firefox 4 or 5 Session Restore Not Working

One of the things I loved about Firefox 3 was the session restore.

I would have 100 or more tabs open on a couple of windows, my machine would start to crawl and sooner or latter it locked up!

I guess I’m just a browser hoarder :)

Anyway the system restore built into Firefox 3 saved my butt many times. I would be doing research and BAM…. puter locks up and all my browsing lost. But, thanks to Restore Session I could easily restore every tab I lost and then save the more important material. So….I abused the session restore function and always pushed my machine to the max before it crashed.

One day I updated my version of FF3 and quickly found out that I lost my Session Restore ability. I tried to fix it but no luck so I upgraded to FireFox 4.

I found Session Restore didn’t work on Firefox 4 either. I googled looking for fixes. Nothing I found worked like the original Session Restore. I just couldn’t believe the programers would write session restore out of the new versions of Firefox.

Well after a couple of months I think I finally figured out how to make the session restore work as it did originally.

Try this out:

Go to –>Tools—>Options  and follow the below images.

Session Restore Fix for Firefox 3 and 4


In the above image make sure “Permanent Private Browsing mode” is unticked and make sure “Remember my browsing history” is ticked

Your window should look like this:

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Regarding image below:

Now tick the bottom box “Clear History when firefox starts” and the “Settings” tab should become available, so click on “Settings” and the small box below will open up.

Make sure “Browsing History” in Settings for Clearing History is ticked. Click OK and close the box. In the Main Options box I leave  “Clear History when Firefox Closes” ticked ….then click OK on the bottom.

Take your browser for a test. Load up 5 or 10 tabs and restart your computer either from Alt+Crt+Delete or Turn Off from the STart button….. when the computer is ready click on the firefox icon and it should load the last five pages or load a Session Restore Tab.

Restore firefox tabs with Session Restore for Firefox 4 and 5

I actually “untick” all the items in the small window except for “cache”

Click on “OK” and the firefox system restore should work perfectly.

Let me know how this works!

Working With HTML and XHTML In Dreamweaver

HTML is a simple markup language used to create documents designed to be accessed across the World Wide Web using browser software such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The current version of HTML is known as XHTML, a stricter, rationalised version of the original HTML specification. One key fact to note about HTML and XHTML pages is that they describe the content and structure of the page rather than the position and presentation of the elements on the page.
The first difference between an HTML and an XHTML page is the document type definition. There are a variety of ways in which this specification can be made in Dreamweaver. One of the easiest is to go to the Modify menu and choose Page Properties. Here, in the Title/Encoding section, one of the options reads Document Type (DTD).
There are several options available in the drop-down menu next to this setting, some relating to HTML version 4 and some to XHTML version 1. These DTD settings specify the rules for the mark-up language so that the browsers can render the content correctly. For any new content that you create, the best specification to choose is XHTML 1.0 transitional since it uses the current XHTML specification while allowing backward compatibility with slightly older

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When looking at an HTML page, the structural content may not be immediately apparent. However Dreamweaver provides a number of useful tools for keeping tabs on the structure of your web page content. One of these is called the Tag Selector. Wherever the cursor is positioned, the HTML code relating to that part of the page is displayed in the bottom left of the page on the Status Bar in an area known as the Tag Selector.
When the browser reads the page, the tags that surround text and other elements tell the browser the structural importance of each element. The H1 tag, for example, tells the browser that a piece of text is a major heading. The H2 tag surrounds sub-headings, and so on. As these tags are displayed in the Tag Selector, you can get an idea of the structure of the page you are looking at and you can also click on the tags to select the element they contain.
Although the tags tell the browser the structural importance of each element, the HTML page doesn’t contain any information that helps the browser decide how each element should be displayed. This is the role of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). An XHTML page is pretty similar to an HTML page. However, its syntax is stricter. Let’s take a look at some examples…
XHTML is case sensitive: HTML is not. In XHTML, tags are always lowercase so the H1 tag has to be written h1. In HTML H1 or h1 can be used.
In XHTML, the closing tag of an element cannot be ommitted: in HTML it is permissible to have an opening tag without a closing tag. One such example is the horizontal rule element (hr) which creates a dividing line between two sections on a webpage. This element is represented by a single tag, since it can never be used as a container for other stuff. In XHTML, there is a special syntax for such non-container elements: a single tag which is both an opening and closing tag (hr/). In HTML, the single opening tag is used without the need for a closing tag (hr).
In summary, XHTML is the current version of HTML and this is the standard that should be used for any new projects. However, existing projects that one may inherit may well contain HTML rather the XHTML. Therefore, one should be aware of both. Remember also that HTML and XHTML describe only structural aspects of web page content: neither of them should contain information regarding the presentation and display of content. The display and presentation of web content should be specified using CSS.

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The author is a training consultant with Macresource Computer Solutions, an independent computer training company offering Adobe Dreamweaver Classes in London and throughout the UK.

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Whats new in Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

Many software upgrades offer poor value for money and many have bugs. However, there are some upgrades which always worth having. Adobe Dreamweaver upgrades tend to be of this type.

Dreamweaver is used in web-development and, because the web is constantly evolving, each new Dreamweaver release usually offers features which reflect the rapidly changing environment in which the program is used. Adobe recently acquired Macromedia, the company who created Dreamweaver. So what have Adobe come up with in this their first upgrade since inheriting everybody’s favourite web development tool?

Since the release of Dreamweaver 8, way back in 2005, the use of cascading style sheets (CSS) in web page layout has become widely recognised as the way forward. However, CSS page layout coding can be a little daunting for new web designers. Dreamweaver CS3 includes a wide range of customisable CSS layouts which include useful comments for inexperienced developers explaining how the designs function. The layouts may be used not only to create individual pages but also Dreamweaver

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Dreamweaver CS3 has useful new features for transferring CSS code from one location to another. You can move an internal CSS definition from inside an individual page to an external style sheet. It is also possible to take inline CSS (located next to the item it described) and transfer to an external style sheet.

Dreamweaver CS3’s browser compatibility check allows developers to target specific versions of all the major browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Safari) and generate a report detailing CSS-related issues with elements on the current page.

The new version of Dreamweaver now contains a great utility called the browser compatibility check. This lets you choose a particular browser, such as Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Safari or Netscape, and comes up with a detailed report of any issues with the display of your CSS in the specified browser.

The fact that Dreamweaver and Photoshop are now both Adobe products is reflected a new level of compatibility between the two programs. It is now possible to make a selection in Photoshop, or to select a slice, copy it, switch to Dreamweaver and paste. The selection will automatically be converted into a web image and a new window will appear offering you a series of options for optimising the image. Dreamweaver CS3 also embraces the new Ajax technology. Ajax is a programming model which allows developers to create extremely interactive pages which are constantly refreshed with content loaded from a server but without reloading the page. Dreamweaver’s version of Ajax is through the Spry framework. This is a collection of JavaScript routines which can be inserted on the page and automatically generate all the necessary code.

Dreamweaver’ Spry content is divided into three categories called widgets, special effects and data sets. The widgets offer several different interface elements such as tabbed panels which allow designers to display content in a given part of the page which changes when the user clicks a particular tab. Other widgets include form validation utilities which check data entered into elements on a form and menus and sub-menus for navigation.

Spry effects can be applied to wide range of HTML components and include the ability to fade, highlight, zoom and shrink page elements in response to user interaction.

Spry data sets will bring in data from an external XML data source and display it on the page. Data sets offer a drill-down facility whereby users can click on information already displayed to bring up more detailed information on that particular item somewhere else on the page.

Dreamweaver CS3 is also the first version of the program to offer compatibility with Intel-based and PowerPC Macintosh systems. It also runs on Windows XP and Windows Vista systems.

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The author is a trainer and developer with Macresource Computer Solutions, a UK IT training company offering Adobe Dreamweaver Classes at their central London training centre.

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