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Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

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Now that we have some CSS rules in place to style the text, let's create some CSS rules for the layout. Let's come over to the CSS Styles panel. Let's create a new rule. This is going to be a class, .sp. We're going to target the main sliding panel container. Click OK. Let's come over to the Box properties. First we're going to set a Width, 325 px. Let's come over here to the Float. We're going to set this to right.

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Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver
1h 6m Intermediate Oct 11, 2012

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A tabbed panel interface is a classic feature to incorporate in your website design, but they're usually static elements. This course shows how to build a dynamic sliding tabbed panel from scratch using a combination of HTML, CSS, jQuery, and the tools in Dreamweaver. Author Chris Converse leads you through the process from start to finish, from building the containers to styling the text, tab, and panels, and adding click events to make the tabs interactive. He also shows how to incorporate progressive enhancement techniques, so visitors who don't have JavaScript, for example, can still access the content.

Topics include:
  • Creating the main panel and tab containers
  • Adding content to the containers
  • Adding CSS styles to the text and tabs
  • Adding the jQuery $(document).ready() function
  • Assigning click events to the tabs
  • Setting an autostart on page load
  • Creating custom graphics for the panels
  • Assigning custom classes to the HTML elements
  • Reassigning CSS rules with JavaScript
Subjects:
Developer Web Web Design Projects Web Development
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Adding CSS styles to the tabs

Now that we have some CSS rules in place to style the text, let's create some CSS rules for the layout. Let's come over to the CSS Styles panel. Let's create a new rule. This is going to be a class, .sp. We're going to target the main sliding panel container. Click OK. Let's come over to the Box properties. First we're going to set a Width, 325 px. Let's come over here to the Float. We're going to set this to right.

Let's come down to Margin, uncheck Same for all. We're going to set 0 on the Top, 0 on the Right, 10 pixels on the Bottom, and 25 pixels on the Left. Next let's come over to Positioning and let's set the Positioning to relative. What that's going to do is make sure that any elements inside of the sp container are going to be positioned relative to the container itself. Now let's come down here and click Apply. And if I move this window out of the way, we can see that the sp container has now been conformed to 325 px, is floating over to the right, and allowing content to go on the left-hand side.

So with that in place, let's click OK. Now let's create another rule. We're going to target the tabs container, so this is going to be a compound rule, .sp .tabs. Let's click OK. What we are going to do inside of here. Let's come down to Positioning. We're going to set Positioning inside of here to relative as well. And then we're going to come down to the Z- Index and we're going to set this to 101. Now we're setting this because the natural Z-Index would be in the order of the HTML code, and since the tabs come before the panel container, the tabs would be behind the panel container.

But assigning an absolute Z-Index for this object and assigning a lower number for the panel container will make sure that the tabs will be in front of the panel container. That way when we select the tabs, they'll actually look like they are connecting to the content. With those settings let's come down and click OK. And let's create one more. We want to target the spans now inside of the tabs container. So let's create another rule, compound, .tabs span. Let's click OK.

This targets the actual elements that we want to have look and behave like a tab. So what we're going to do inside of here is let's come down to the Box properties. For Margin we're going to set 0 and leave that same for all. For Padding, let's uncheck Same for all. Let's add 8 px on the Top, 12 px on the Right, 8 px on the Bottom, and 12 pixels on the Left. Next let's come over to the Block properties. For Display, let's type inline-block.

Next, let's come over to Positioning. We're going to set Positioning to relative. Next, let's go to Background. Let's set the Background- color to white, which is #FFF. And then lastly, let's come down to the Border settings, and let's come over here and uncheck Same for all for the Style, Width, and Color. And so for Top, let's come down here and choose solid 1 px and #CCC for a medium gray. And let's set the same properties for the Bottom, so solid 1 px and #CCC for medium gray.

Now, we are not going to set the right and left borders in this particular rule. We're going to do that in another rule, to target either the first or the last tab so that we don't get the borders doubling on the right and left sides. So at this point let's click OK. So now in the background you see the tabs are white and since we set a relative property and give it a Z-Index, it's actually showing up on top of the panel container. So now that we have the CSS rules in place to target the top and bottom borders of the tabs, next we'll work on creating rules that will target the first tab and the last tab and set the right and left borders on those.

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