Create an Interactive Map with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Adding the final design details


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Create an Interactive Map with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Adding the final design details

Now I want to make some design adjustments to the project, and this is going to require some CSS3. I want to add some rounded corners and a drop shadow onto the city photography, and I want to add some rounded corners on the city_detail_container as well. So let's move up to the interactive_ map.css file, and I want to scroll down until we see city_detail. Now inside of the city_detail CSS rule, let's get our cursor down here. After the last attribute, I am going to hit a Return and start typing border-radius. If you are using Dreamweaver CS5 or CS5.5, there is built-in support for CSS3 in Code view for editing CSS.

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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 final design details

Now I want to make some design adjustments to the project, and this is going to require some CSS3. I want to add some rounded corners and a drop shadow onto the city photography, and I want to add some rounded corners on the city_detail_container as well. So let's move up to the interactive_ map.css file, and I want to scroll down until we see city_detail. Now inside of the city_detail CSS rule, let's get our cursor down here. After the last attribute, I am going to hit a Return and start typing border-radius. If you are using Dreamweaver CS5 or CS5.5, there is built-in support for CSS3 in Code view for editing CSS.

So when I start border-radius, I can see this code hinting come up and allowed me to hit Return to select border-radius. If you are using an earlier version than CS5, you can simply type "border-radius: 10px;." Now CSS3 is not a finished specification yet, so we do need to add an additional attribute for the Mozilla rendering engine, which powers Firefox and the WebKit rendering engine which powers Live view inside of Dreamweaver, Safari, and Chrome.

So now I'll hit Return. I'll start typing "-moz" for the Mozilla rendering engine and hit Return. Start typing border-radius: 10px;. Next line, start typing -webkit-border-radius: 10px. Now to test this, let's choose File > Save. We are going to switch over to our web browser and hit Reload.

Now I can see the rounded corners showing up here. Let's go back to Dreamweaver. Now let's scroll down to the .city_photo. Now in .city_photo I mentioned we want to add rounded corners and a drop shadow. So after the last attribute, let's hit Return, start typing border-radius. This is going to be 8 pixels, hit a Return, -moz-border-radius: 8px;, hit a Return, -webkit-border-radius: 8px.

Next, we are going to add a drop shadow. That's actually specified as box-shadow. Hit a space. We are going to use the shorthand method here, which means we are going to have each of the attributes with individual spaces, so let's start with 0px. This is the X position, or the horizontal offset. So by setting 0 that's going to keep it right in the middle. Hit a Space.

We are going to put 5 pixels on the Y, which means this is going to move this vertically down. This is going to us a 90-degree drop shadow straight down with no horizontal offset. Hit a Space, 3 pixels is going to be the amount of blurring. Hit a space and the color, #4e5d74;. That's going to give us a dark cobalt color. I am going to select this whole line, copy to the clipboard, paste it, move my cursor to the beginning.

I am going to add -moz. Next line, I am going to paste it one more time, and before this I am going to add -webkit. Let's come to the File menu, choose Save. Let's go out through our browser again and check this. Now, the last thing I want to do is set it up so that the initial load of this will not have a city photograph in there, and I want to stretch out the text field here a little bit so we can put some instructions in there. So let's go back over to Dreamweaver.

Let's go back to the index.html file. I am going to click on the photograph and then come over to Code view. Dreamweaver will automatically highlight this in the HTML view. So with the image selected, I am simply going to hit Delete. We want to get rid of that. Let's get rid of the h2 tag as well, so we'll just leave the h3 tag. We are going to change the word "country" to "choose a city" and then lastly, we are going to need a little bit more room for this to work.

And so on the city_info class only on the initial state, I want to override this, so that it's a little bit wider, since we don't have that photograph there. So we are going to put a style attribute on here and override this one particular div's width. So let's hit a Space, Style="width:200px;". Let's switch back to Design view. So now we have a wider area here to put some initial instructions.

Let's choose File > Save All. Let's go back to our browser. Let's this Reload. So this is the initial state with the div in there, with the city_info having an element override on the style. So now in the initial load that text is much wider, but now when the new city_detail loads, the new city_info that's getting replaced does not have that style attribute on there, so the regular style sheet picks up. So at this point, our project is complete. In the next movie, we will talk about some additional features you might want to add to this project to take it even further.

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