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Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets

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Video: Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets

In this exercise we will continue to style our Accordion widget. If you remember in the last exercise we went ahead and style the tabs. As we tested it, when we clicked it on the tabs, they reverted back to another color and that's because we haven't quite finished yet. So let's keep going down finish outer styling and we will see the final results after this exercise. Scroll down and I am going to find the AccordionpanelContent selector. So, it's just a little bit below that. Now there is an interesting note right up here that says "Anyone who styles and Accordion *MUST* specify a height on the Accordion panel Content container." So there is default height of it right now of 400 pixels and that's much too tall if you have noticed as we are testing that this thing really gets high. So we are going to change that. So the first thing we are going to do is we are going to change our height value from 400 pixels to 250 pixels. Now it's still not quite going to give us the result we're looking for, but it will have us on our way.

Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets

In this exercise we will continue to style our Accordion widget. If you remember in the last exercise we went ahead and style the tabs. As we tested it, when we clicked it on the tabs, they reverted back to another color and that's because we haven't quite finished yet. So let's keep going down finish outer styling and we will see the final results after this exercise. Scroll down and I am going to find the AccordionpanelContent selector. So, it's just a little bit below that. Now there is an interesting note right up here that says "Anyone who styles and Accordion *MUST* specify a height on the Accordion panel Content container." So there is default height of it right now of 400 pixels and that's much too tall if you have noticed as we are testing that this thing really gets high. So we are going to change that. So the first thing we are going to do is we are going to change our height value from 400 pixels to 250 pixels. Now it's still not quite going to give us the result we're looking for, but it will have us on our way.

The other thing that we are going to do is we are going to modify overflow from auto and we are going to change that value to hidden. Now the reason we are going to do that is because we are going to make our panels exactly the size they need to be. So because we are going to do that we don't want there to be any case where scroll bars show up because our Accordion panel is going to be really tight. So the auto overflow will cause the scroll bars to show up in your content if it's a little bit smaller than your panel. So by turning on hidden that may clip off some content originally, but later on when we change the height of our panels to be a variable height rather than a fixed height, that property is really going to be handy.

Now the next thing we will do is we will go ahead and give a background color to Accordion panel as well. So I am going to add an attribute here after height; I am just going to type in background and we will type in a color and we will just use #CCC and that's kind of a neutral gray. Since we are using our images in there, we don't want to throw a bunch of color in there; we want them to be the color, so we will just give it a nice neutral gray. So we are going to add a couple of more rules and we are going to be adding rules to the AccordionpanelContent region. So we will just stay right here where we are. I will just go ahead and start anew rule and this is going to be .AccordionpanelContent p. So it's targeting any paragraphs inside our Accordion panel. The first thing we are going to do with that is we are going to set some padding. So I am going to set padding and we will use some shorthand notation here. Type in zero, so we are passing a zero for top and bottom, and then for right and left we are going to pass in 20 pixels.

It won't matter as much on the right hand side but for the Artist note that will hold it off of the left edge and the right edge and equal amount of distance. Let's go down to the next line and we are going to pass in a margin for our paragraphs and we will type in a top value of 0.5 ems and we are going to pass in a value for our right and left of 0. So we don't want any right or left margin, but we do want a top and bottom margin. The next rule we are going to pass in to this one would be color and we are going pass in a color of #777. That's sort of a darker gray, and then we will close our curly braces. We keep scrolling down and what we are going to do now is we are going to go ahead and write a selector for our media style on our AccordionpanelContent. So we are going to type in .AccordionpanelContent p.media. So if you remember earlier we have applied the media style to the descriptive line underneath our image.

So we are going to go ahead and give that a font-weight of bold. So font-weight and then choose bold and then we are going to pass a color value into it and the color is going to be #561216, sort of that darker burgundy color. That's the end of that rules, so we will go ahead and close that off. One more item inside the AccordionpanelContent. We have got an image tag in there too, so we are going to control how the image floats around in the middle of that. So type in . AccordionpanelContent img. That's a really long selector.

Go down to our next line, and I am going to type in display and I'll change that display property to block. I will go down to the next line and give some padding and we are going to give a 10 pixels worth of padding top to bottom and 10 pixels worth of padding right to left and then close that selector. So, the reason we did display block is so that the image would always sort of flow in its own area and any inline level elements wouldn't break up against it. The likelihood of that happening is pretty small but that's going to prevent that from happening. Now we have got three additional rules that we need to modify. So let's scroll down and find those rules. So we have AccordionpanelOpen .AccordionpanelTab.

Let's talk about what this means. So if your Accordion panel is open your Accordion panel background tab should be this color. Now if you remember we have styled our AccordionpanelTabs a moment ago, and we have controlled the h4 when the panel is open, but we still haven't controlled the tab when the panel is open. We are going to pass in another background color value rather than the gray that they are currently using. So let's replace that value with #d6e6bf. That's that light green color that we have been using and that's the color for the hover of our table, so it sort of ties all that in together.

Now let's go down to the next line and we are going to give this a border as well. So we are going say border, and instead of saying border-bottom we are going to say border-top. So we are going to apply a top border to this and the border is going to be 2 pixels, solid, and the color of the border is going to be #521626, and that's the end of that rule. So what that's going to do is that's going to give us a nice thick border on the top of this, on the top of the tab, when the panel is open and that will give it a little bit of dimension.

I am going to keep scrolling down and I want to find the next set rules AccordionpanelTabHover. So when the tab is being hovered over we kind of control that with a specific color as well. So we are going to do that. Color is the same, it's saying foreground color. So this is going to change the color of any text or any items that might be inside of our tab as it's hovered over. So we are going to change the color to #028925. So #028925 and that's going to give a hover effect to our text as people hover over.

The next selector down here is the AccordionpanelOpen .AccordionPanbelTabHover. So once again this is going to allow us to choose a different hover cover when our tab is open versus when our tab is closed. We will go ahead and change that one to #028925. So we just go ahead and give it the same. Sometimes it can get a little busy if you have different hover effects versus open versus closed. Now the last thing that we need to do to our styles, we are going to scroll down and we have two selectors down here in the bottom that are right now gumming up the works. We have . AccordionFocused .AccordionpanelOpen .AccordionpanelTab. Now the long in short of what these selectors are doing is when our panel achieves focus, meaning somebody has clicked on it, it's changing it. Now that's great if you want it to highlight when somebody is looking at above, but really what it's doing is it's overriding the selectors we have already written as soon as somebody clicks on it, and that's not what we are looking for.

So what we are going to do is we are just going to highlight those and we are going to delete them. So it's not going to change functionality at all; it's just going to change appearance. So let's go ahead and save that. We will go back to the current.htm and we will test that in our browser. So now when this loads up, notice that the image has a nice green highlight to it and there is that thick border on top of it. When we click on Painting Information and news from the Artist, it gets the same thing. Notice all the padding that's going on inside that to make the text looks a little bit better.

Something is gone on there and I will go on image and some of our image content is currently being clipped off and that has everything to do with the fact that overflow is set to hidden. So there are still a couple of things that we need to modify here. So I am going to go ahead and close Firefox and I will come back into Accordionpanel. Now what I am really interested in looking at here is the second tab. I will go ahead and open that up by clicking the tab and when I click inside the description I can see that there is no format here, so that's why we didn't see any padding. So be sure that any information you have in there is formatted with the tag that you are expecting. So we will go and format that with a Paragraph, save the file, and you can just see even here in the preview that it's changed for us.

So we will preview that one more time in the browser, and now when we click on our painting Information, nicely formatted. That's exactly what we are looking for. So the only thing really left to do is that our image doesn't look exactly the way we want it. So in our next exercise we will begin to modify the widget's default behaviors by actually going and tweaking the JavaScript.

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 42s
    2. Customizing the Coding toolbar
      9m 52s
    3. Taking advantage of Code Hinting
      7m 20s
    4. Using snippets and shortcuts
      11m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      5m 18s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      9m 50s
    7. Regular expressions
      5m 39s
    8. Using Bridge with Dreamweaver CS3
      8m 28s
    9. Round-trip editing with Photoshop CS3
      3m 40s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 16s
  3. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding the CSS Styles panel
      7m 59s
    2. Understanding the Cascade
      5m 50s
    3. Understanding Inheritance
      5m 8s
    4. Understanding Specificity
      7m 5s
    5. Managing CSS styles
      5m 4s
    6. Using Design-Time style sheets
      6m 20s
  4. 2h 19m
    1. Using the new CSS template pages
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding DIV tag structure and layout
      12m 0s
    3. Understanding the CSS box model
      10m 0s
    4. Using absolute and relative positioning
      8m 35s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 45s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 14s
    10. Positioning container elements
      11m 4s
    11. Enhancing layouts with background graphics
      11m 48s
    12. Creating faux columns with background graphics
      8m 55s
    13. Creating rounded corners with background graphics
      9m 17s
    14. Building navigation with CSS
      16m 57s
    15. Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature
      5m 31s
  5. 53m 22s
    1. Creating properly structured forms
      6m 30s
    2. Creating accessible forms
      6m 41s
    3. Using CSS to lay out form structure
      7m 40s
    4. Creating vertical columns for form elements
      7m 48s
    5. Adding user feedback
      5m 52s
    6. Applying advanced styling to forms
      8m 11s
    7. Client-side form validation
      4m 17s
    8. Validating forms with the Spry Validation tools
      6m 23s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 43s
    2. Defining a data source for use in Spry
      3m 56s
    3. Creating a Spry table
      8m 8s
    4. Using the Spry widgets
      8m 11s
    5. Connecting various data sets
      4m 50s
    6. Understanding Spry widget structures
      7m 1s
    7. Applying custom styles to Spry widgets
      6m 24s
    8. Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets
      8m 46s
    9. Controlling Spry widget behaviors with JavaScript
      6m 0s
    10. Controlling Spry widget animations with JavaScript
      9m 31s
    11. Creating effects with Spry behaviors
      4m 42s
    12. Hand-coding Spry
      9m 11s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Creating a base template
      8m 6s
    2. Creating editable attributes
      6m 26s
    3. Creating a new page from a template
      7m 42s
    4. Applying a template to an existing page
      4m 36s
    5. Creating nested templates
      5m 24s
    6. Using repeating regions
      6m 34s
    7. Creating editable and non-editable optional regions
      6m 0s
    8. Using template parameters
      7m 26s
    9. Using template expressions
      9m 59s
    10. Using conditional template expressions
      8m 54s
  8. 54m 40s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 44s
    2. Creating an XML document
      9m 9s
    3. Using the CDATA structure
      5m 7s
    4. Creating an XSLT file
      4m 33s
    5. Binding data from an XML to an XSLT document
      5m 6s
    6. Inserting repeating regions into an XSL document
      5m 16s
    7. Creating a client-side XSL transformation
      2m 52s
    8. Styling a remote RSS feed
      7m 29s
    9. Creating a server-side XSL transformation
      5m 31s
    10. Writing XSL expressions
      6m 53s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Overview of building dynamic websites
      1m 35s
    2. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Mac
      3m 22s
    3. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Windows
      3m 54s
    4. Creating a MySQL database
      3m 16s
    5. Defining a testing server and database bindings
      6m 14s
    6. Creating a database recordset
      4m 35s
    7. Adding dynamic content to the page
      5m 14s
    8. Creating repeating regions of dynamic content
      7m 6s
    9. Filtering database records
      7m 39s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 9s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 42s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 32s
    5. Building a behavior function
      7m 23s
    6. Creating an Action file
      6m 48s
    7. Enabling behavior functions
      9m 1s
    8. Initializing the user interface for a behavior
      3m 9s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Running reports
      7m 41s
    2. Checking and validating links
      3m 40s
    3. Using cloaking
      5m 42s
    4. Using Check In/Check Out
      4m 3s
    5. Using Design Notes
      6m 6s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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