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Applying templates


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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Applying templates

In the previous movie, we saw that creating a new page based off a template is a simple matter of going to your Assets panel, right-clicking on the template, and choosing New from Template. But there may be times when you want to apply a template to a page that already exists. Maybe a page that already has some content on it, and then you decide, hey, I want to put that into one of my templates. So in this movie, we'll take a look at how to do that. I'm going to go back to my Files panel, and open up the folder ourproducts. And in there I'm going to open up teacloudteas.html. This file doesn't have any design at all. It's just some product descriptions, and we're going to apply a design to it, using the template we created in the previous exercise. To do this, we just go to the Modify menu, to Templates. And we can choose Apply Template to Page. This allows us to choose which template we want to apply.
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  1. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  2. 20m 56s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 3s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 10s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 22s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 2s
  3. 46m 11s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 38s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 10s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 17s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 37s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 49s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 10s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 21s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 57s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 4s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 16s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 37s
    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 34s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 8s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 54s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 48s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 36s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 34s
    7. Image maps
      9m 19s
  7. 1h 7m
    1. About CSS
      4m 51s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 9s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 45s
    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 41s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 21s
  8. 42m 51s
    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 46s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 7s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 1s
  9. 43m 14s
    1. About tables
      1m 27s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 45s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 40s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 5s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 34s
  10. 28m 20s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 57s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 28s
    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 51s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 30s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 20s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 13s
  13. 26m 30s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 8s
    2. Editing in Code view
      2m 59s
    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 42s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 51s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 36s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 4s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 16s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 49s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 57s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 10s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 14s
    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 27s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 47s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 1s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 23s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 40s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 28s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 1s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 52s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 13s
  20. 26m 16s
    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 26s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 44s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 34s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 35s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 11s
  22. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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In Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, instructor Garrick Chow delves into the many powerful features of the latest version of this powerful web design application. He covers everything from the simplest basics of using Dreamweaver CS3 to applying it to develop a fully interactive, accessible site. Garrick explains the new interface features, and demonstrates how to create, edit, manage, design, and publish a professional website with Dreamweaver CS3 and complementary applications. Exercise files accompany the training.

Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Garrick Chow

Applying templates

In the previous movie, we saw that creating a new page based off a template is a simple matter of going to your Assets panel, right-clicking on the template, and choosing New from Template. But there may be times when you want to apply a template to a page that already exists. Maybe a page that already has some content on it, and then you decide, hey, I want to put that into one of my templates. So in this movie, we'll take a look at how to do that. I'm going to go back to my Files panel, and open up the folder ourproducts. And in there I'm going to open up teacloudteas.html. This file doesn't have any design at all. It's just some product descriptions, and we're going to apply a design to it, using the template we created in the previous exercise. To do this, we just go to the Modify menu, to Templates. And we can choose Apply Template to Page. This allows us to choose which template we want to apply.

So in this case, we want OurProducts. If I want to make sure this page is always attached to this template, I'll make sure that Update page when template changes is checked. That way, if I make any changes to the template, this page will be included in the updates. If I uncheck that, I'm simply using the template as a basis to start off my design, but it won't be affected by any changes I make it a template, if I have this unchecked. I do want is to be attached to the template at all times. I'm going to leave that checked, and click Select. Next we have this Inconsistent Region Names dialog box. When you apply a template to a document, if the editable regions in the document don't match the editable regions in the template you're applying, or, as in this case, there are no editable regions specified in the current document. You get this dialog box. So basically, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} needs to know where the content on this page is supposed to be placed in the template. So the only region we have here is the document body, which is basically everything that's on the page. And that's what we want in this case. Down here in the Move content and to new region area, we can choose to move it Nowhere, if we don't want to move that text, of course we do. Content, now that's the name of one of the editable regions we want to created in that template. So is Sub Section Heading. We can also move it to the doc title, or into the head tag area. In this case, this is the main content of the page, so I'm going to choose Content.

And then I'll click on OK. And just like that, you can see that the text that we had on the page has been moved into the content-editable area. And because this template is styled by a style sheet, the text has also been styled. And all I need to do now is come in here and maybe change the SubSection to something like Teacloud Teas. Now one of the unfortunate side effects of applying a template to an existing document is that you lose the document's title. Notice it says "Kettles & Teapots" here. So I'm going to change "Kettles & Teapots" to "Teacloud Teas." So I just need to make a quick change to the title there, because that gets altered when we apply a template. We'll go ahead and save that. You can see, it was easy to take a page that had absolutely no styling on it whatsoever, and apply a template to it. Now we have a nicely designed page containing that same content.

That was a pretty basic example. There may be times when you need to apply a template to a page that already has a full design. When that Inconsistent Region Names dialog box comes up, and you decide to put the document body inside the content region of your template, you're going to end up with the one designed nested inside of another, which is probably not what you're after. The easiest way to make this sort of situation work is to copy the content of your fully designed page, and then paste it into a new blank document, and then apply the template to the new document. And then you can just save that new document over the old one. This gets rid of the existing design elements that could break the new template you're applying. So if I were applying this page to a template, and I wanted to forget of all this current design, I could simply just copy all the content text, and then paste it into a blank document with no other formatting on it, and then apply the template, like we did at the beginning of this movie.

That's how we apply a template to an existing page in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain}

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