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Dream Weaver Settings

Dream Weaver Settings to help show unneeded # signs by TruthInSatire
Posted: 12 Apr 05 (Edited 15 Apr 05)

According to Macromedia's Livedocs


Macromedia recommends that you use pound signs only when necessary. The following example shows the preferred method for referencing variables.

<cfset SomeVar = Var1 + Max(Var2, 10 * Var3) + Var4>
In contrast, note the following example, which uses pound signs unnecessarily:

<cfset #SomeVar# = #Var1# + #Max(Var2, 10 * Var3)# + #Var4#>

A lot of people use pound signs when they are not needed like in the examples above and below.  There is a setting you can change in dreamweaver to help see these extra hash marks.

If you use Dreamweaver, the below color scheme is what you may see when editing a coldfusion page in "code view".


<cfif #trim(form.fieldName)# eq "someValue">
In this case the extra hash marks are around the trim function:

In dreamweaver MX / MX 2004 you can highlight these # signs.

click Edit > Preferences > select Code Coloring > select Coldfusion > click Edit Coloring Scheme > select ColdFusion Script Bracket > click the "B" button to make the selected text bold* > click OK > click ok again on the preferences box.

*You can also change the color if you like, however it also changes ( and ) and [ and ] inside the coldfusion tags.  In my opinion I thought it was more of a change to what I'm used to just to highlight a pound sign.

Your code will now be colored like this making it easy to identify extra unneeded hash marks. The bold pound signs below can/should be removed for best practice.


<cfif #trim(form.fieldName)# eq "someValue">
The below example shows what it looks like if you change the color for the ColdFusion Script Bracket setting along with making it bold.  I'll use gold.


<cfif #trim(form.fieldName)# eq "someValue">

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