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Adding checkboxes and radio buttons

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Video: Adding checkboxes and radio buttons

In this movie we are going to take a look at working with Checkboxes and Radio Buttons. Checkboxes are generally used to make yes and no decisions such as, asking users if they'd like to sign up for a newsletter, or if they like the color red. And, Checkboxes can be used when you have a multiple choice, were you are going to allow users to select multiple items. For instance, if you're running a travel agency, and you're asking which continents people prefer to travel too, you can have Checkboxes for Europe, Asia, and South America, and they can just check as many of those that they wanted to. Now, Radio Buttons on the other hand allow users to select only one item from your group of choices. For instance, asking how they heard about your site or whether red, green or blue is her favorite color.

Adding checkboxes and radio buttons

In this movie we are going to take a look at working with Checkboxes and Radio Buttons. Checkboxes are generally used to make yes and no decisions such as, asking users if they'd like to sign up for a newsletter, or if they like the color red. And, Checkboxes can be used when you have a multiple choice, were you are going to allow users to select multiple items. For instance, if you're running a travel agency, and you're asking which continents people prefer to travel too, you can have Checkboxes for Europe, Asia, and South America, and they can just check as many of those that they wanted to. Now, Radio Buttons on the other hand allow users to select only one item from your group of choices. For instance, asking how they heard about your site or whether red, green or blue is her favorite color.

So, in this exercise we'll take a look at how to work with Checkboxes and Radio Buttons. I'm going to come down here and click in the fourth cell down on the right column here, and up in the Form insert bar I'm going to choose Checkbox. For this label I'm going to be asking whether they want to be added to the newsletters, so I'm going to type "Add me to the Teacloud newsletter". Now, for this example it's okay to keep Wrap with label tag selected, because we're going to keep the label right next to the actual Checkbox and not move it into the left column here.

Noticed the position is already set to be after the form item meaning that this label appears after the Checkbox. I'll click on OK, and there it is. I'm going to select that Checkbox and give it a better name down here in the property inspector, I'll call this "Newsletter", and I'll give it a Checked value of "yes". Now, Checkboxes are submitted only if they're selected. If the checkbox isn't selected it doesn't have a value so it's completely ignored by the form processing program you're using. For that reason, this Checked value field should almost always be an affirmative response like yes, true, or you bet you.

We also have the option of setting the initial state, I could choose Checked, and therefore lazy people who don't actually read this and uncheck this will automatically be added to the tea cloud newsletter. I personally don't like that sort of tactic so I'm going to leave that unchecked. Basically, that's how Checkboxes work, you can use then for a single question like this, or if you've a multiple-choice selection where you want to allow people to choose as many combinations of answers as they want. For example, if I'm asking people if they prefer Black, Darjeeling, or Green tea, and I want them to be able to choose any combination of those three, I would used Checkboxes, but if I wanted to limit their answer to just one selection, that's when I would use Radio Buttons.

So, let's take a look at how Radio Buttons work. I'm going to click on the next cell. Now, we have the option for Radio Button here, and that only if you want to add one Radio Button at a time. I want group of buttons. I'm going to choose Radio Group. So, here in the Radio Group dialog box where going to call this one "Referral" because I'm going to be asking how they heard about tea cloud. Down here we have the information for the actual Radio Buttons, we have the Label field and a Value field. The Label is what actually shows up in the form itself just like the name, email address, and comments or labels. The Value is what actual gets sent to the server, when the user submits this Form, and the Value and the Label can often times the exact same things or you can just use an abbreviated version of the Label for the Value.

It really depends on how your server-side form processes are set up. For instance, if I'm asking what state the user is from, I can take Pennsylvania here, and just type PA for the value. But, to add our Radio Button labels we simply just click in here and it will be the first one is "Newspaper ad", Press Tab to go over. I'll just call the Value "newspaper", press Tab again. Next one might be "TV ad", the Value for that could be "tv". Now, to add another Radio Button, I just click the + button here, and then I can type another one, maybe I can type "Radio ad", the other ones already labeled radio conveniently, so I can just leave it that way.

Let's add another one, maybe for the last one here we'll just type "Friend" and "friend". If I want to move the order of any of these items, for instance if I wanted Radio ad above TV ad, I can select that and click the up arrow, you can see that change the order. Down here at the bottom, we can choose to layout our Radio Buttons using Line Breaks, meaning that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} will just place a Line Break tag after each one of our Radio Button items, or we can actually lay them out in a table. I think a table is overly complicated for something like this. So, I'm just going to leave Line breaks selected and click OK. There we have our Radio Buttons.

Now, I'm going to select each one of these Radio Buttons and notice that the referral's name is here for this Radio Button, also for this one, this one and this one. That's the most important thing to remember about Radio Buttons, is that when you want them to all work together they all have to have the same exact same name spelled the exact same way. The only difference between these Radio Buttons is the checked value, that's the value that we added in the Radio Group dialog box. This naming them all the same thing is very important, especially if you have more than one Radio Button group on your page. For instance, maybe I'm going to have another Radio Button group that asks whether users prefer Black, Darjeeling, or Green tea. I don't want those Radio Buttons interacting with the Radio Buttons up here, therefore those Radio Buttons would have there own name.

This is not as big a deal as it used to be before the Radio Group button was added to our form tools, before when you added Radio Buttons individually you had to just manually type in each name, and just remember to type the Radio Button names identically for each one of the Radio Buttons. You don't really have to worry about that too much anymore. Let's go ahead and save this page, and preview this in the browser, and there's a Checkbox, we can check that on and off. And, we have the Radio Buttons and notice we can only select one at a time. That's the way radio buttons should work. Again, if I were to previous this page, in say {italic}Firefox,{plain} because I have label set up I can actually click the labels themselves to select the Radio Buttons or the Checkboxes.

So, that's working with Checkboxes and Radio Buttons in {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}CS3.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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