Create an Expandable FAQ Listing with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Create an Expandable FAQ Listing with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Adding in sample content

To add in the content, let's open our snippets file. So in Dreamweaver let's choose File > Open. From the Desktop let's go to exercise files. Let's open snippets.html. Let's switch over to Code view. Inside of Code view let's do Edit > Select All, then choose Edit > Copy. Let's switch back to our faq.html. Let's switch over to Code view, and what we want to do inside of Code view is we want to take the class faq, select that entire div, delete it with all of the divs inside, and simply paste in all of the markup that we copied from the snippets file.

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41m 47s Intermediate Apr 05, 2012

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are a popular aspect of any web site. This course shows how to create questions that have expandable and collapsible answers, allowing visitors to easily find the information they need. Author and jQuery expert Chris Converse shows how to build an FAQ section for your site quickly, using the tools in Dreamweaver and the code libraries in jQuery. In addition, the course demonstrates how to automatically link to a specific question, and automatically open the answer, giving you the ability to provide users with a direct answer to their question.

Topics include:
  • Creating project folders
  • Creating the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files in Dreamweaver
  • Activating the FAQ carousel with JavaScript
  • Adding in sample question and answer content
  • Creating CSS rules for graphics
  • Animating the graphic states
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Adding in sample content

To add in the content, let's open our snippets file. So in Dreamweaver let's choose File > Open. From the Desktop let's go to exercise files. Let's open snippets.html. Let's switch over to Code view. Inside of Code view let's do Edit > Select All, then choose Edit > Copy. Let's switch back to our faq.html. Let's switch over to Code view, and what we want to do inside of Code view is we want to take the class faq, select that entire div, delete it with all of the divs inside, and simply paste in all of the markup that we copied from the snippets file.

Now you'll notice in the code that every question starts with the class faq, and that has a child inside called faq_ question, faq_answer_container, and then the faq_answer itself. So the way we built this toggle is every time we click on an individual question, it goes up to the parent, searches for the corresponding answer container, and then animates this piece open. This makes it possible to have any number of items in our page and only have one JavaScript that will work for all the individual questions and answers. So now that this is in place let's switch back to Design view.

So we can scroll through and see all of the content now showing in the page. To test this out let's choose File > Save All, and then let's preview this in the browser. Once this loads in a browser we can scroll through the page in the browser and see all of individual questions. I can click on each question, and then it will open the corresponding answer to the question I clicked on. Then clicking on each question will close its corresponding answer as well. Now that we have all of our content in place, and we have all of the questions opening their corresponding answers, in the next movie we'll add some additional CSS rules for styling and positioning the Q and the A letters.

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