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Sorry to hear you're having a problem, and it may be related to the difference between the version of the program and the book you have (there's quite a bit of time--6 years and three versions--between them).
However, let's try and get this solved. Can you send a note to emailus at oreilly dot com with your email address in it. That way, I can send you the section "Finishing the Page" from Dreamweaver 8. This is where you're running into the problem, and that's probably a good first step.