Create an Interactive Map with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Adding the content for the cities


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Create an Interactive Map with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Adding the content for the cities

Before we add additional city_detail information into the HTML of our file, I want to go through and isolate all of our CSS rules. So let's come over to the interactive_map.css file. A lot of times when you are going to create an interactive component that goes into somebody else's web site, you want to isolate all of your CSS rules, which means we want to have every rule start with the name of our outermost container. So in here I am going to select .map_container at the very top of the CSS rule, copy this to the clipboard, and inside of this CSS I want to paste .map_container and space before each one of the different rules.

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1h 12m Intermediate Mar 24, 2011 Updated Aug 31, 2011

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In Create an Interactive Map with jQuery and Dreamweaver, Chris Converse shows how to design and create a rich interactive map for a web site using the open-source scripting library jQuery and the tools in Dreamweaver. The course covers creating web-optimized images using the slicing tools in Photoshop, implementing the HTML and CSS to assemble an infographic page layout, and adding interactivity with JavaScript and jQuery's fast and concise code library. Exercise files are included with the course.

Take a look at the finished web site here.

Topics include:
  • Preparing web graphics
  • Preparing the base container
  • Manipulating links with CSS
  • Adding a drop-down menu
  • Downloading jQuery and adding interactivity to a project
  • Creating city details
  • Overriding click events of anchor tags with jQuery
  • Enhancing the design with CSS3
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Adding the content for the cities

Before we add additional city_detail information into the HTML of our file, I want to go through and isolate all of our CSS rules. So let's come over to the interactive_map.css file. A lot of times when you are going to create an interactive component that goes into somebody else's web site, you want to isolate all of your CSS rules, which means we want to have every rule start with the name of our outermost container. So in here I am going to select .map_container at the very top of the CSS rule, copy this to the clipboard, and inside of this CSS I want to paste .map_container and space before each one of the different rules.

This means that these rules will only take effect if they're inside of our .map_container. One before .form_continent. I am going to add this before each one of the different classes. Basically this is turning every one of these rules into a compound CSS rule.

Now that we have .map_container in front of each one of these items, let's come back to the index.html file. Let's click on the photo and let's switch over to Code view. Now inside of Code view all of the city detail information that we just dialed they are showing up here inside of the city_detail, so we have our img and our class, our h2, h3, and paragraph tag. Every time we click on one of the dots we are going to want to take all of this HTML and change it, based on the individual dots that we've selected.

So in order to do that, we are going to need to bring in city_detail information. So let's go to the File menu. Let's choose Open. From the Desktop, exercise files. Let's go into Code Snippets, and let's grab the file city_details.html and click Open. So what I have done here is set up a whole bunch of divs that have all of the city information for all of the dots on the map. These follow exactly the same code structure that we were just looking at. There is one difference here. Inside of each one of these items I have added an id to each one of the city_detail divs, and I've set the id name to match the city attribute we set inside of each anchor tag.

So each anchor tag says city=sydney or city=london. I am setting the id of this item to match that same name. I've also put all of these inside of a parent div called city_detail_container. So at this point, let's choose Command+A, or Ctrl+A, to select all of the content. Let's come down here to Edit and choose Copy. Let's go back to our HTML. After the ending div for the .map_ container, before the body tag, let's hit Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste all of that content, in and then let's switch back out to Design view.

Now in Design view we can see all of the photos, all of the h2, h3s, and paragraphs tags for the descriptions, and notice that all of the Float properties and the Styling properties are now taking effect. Since we isolated the CSS rules to only be affected up there inside of this area, inside of .map_container, all of this content will flow out here. So we can actually come in here and use Dreamweaver's WYSIWYG environment to come in here and make text changes. Now when somebody comes to this page, I don't want them to see all of this content.

So let's come over to our CSS Rules. Let's create a new CSS rule. I am going to create a new class called city_detail_container. Let's choose OK. Let's come out to the Block properties. Under Display, let's set none and choose OK. That's going to hide all of that initial content when somebody first visits the page. However, JavaScript will still see that since it's only hidden for through and will be able to access those city details based on the dot we've clicked.

Now that we have all of the content in the page, in the next movie we'll go back into our JavaScript and pull out that HTML and set it based on the dots that the user clicks.

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