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Building the HTML and CSS for the outer container

From: Create a Rotating Carousel with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Video: Building the HTML and CSS for the outer container

Now before we create any CSS rules, I want to bring up the sketch. I always recommend creating a sketch so that we can figure out the individual HTML elements we are going to need and what some of the measurements are going to be. So for this project, we are going to have an outermost container of 760 pixels wide. Inside of here, we are going to have two additional containers: one container that's 760x340 pixels tall, and another container that is going to be 435 pixels. We are also going to have a 165 pixel margin on the left-hand side. This container is going to actually hold our caption, and we are going to use the left border setting for here to create this stem of the leaves we saw in the introduction video.

Building the HTML and CSS for the outer container

Now before we create any CSS rules, I want to bring up the sketch. I always recommend creating a sketch so that we can figure out the individual HTML elements we are going to need and what some of the measurements are going to be. So for this project, we are going to have an outermost container of 760 pixels wide. Inside of here, we are going to have two additional containers: one container that's 760x340 pixels tall, and another container that is going to be 435 pixels. We are also going to have a 165 pixel margin on the left-hand side. This container is going to actually hold our caption, and we are going to use the left border setting for here to create this stem of the leaves we saw in the introduction video.

In the upper container, in the 760x340, we are going to have another container inside of there set to 600x300. This is going to be the container that we actually target and create our roundabout carousel inside of. Then all of the graphics inside are going to be set to 300x225 pixels, which matches the file sizes that we exported from Photoshop. Now back in Dreamweaver, we are going to be on the carousel.html page. Let's make sure we are on the Design view here, and over in the CSS Styles panel where we see carousel CSS that's been hooked in, let's come down in that panel and create a new CSS rule.

The type of rule is going to be a class, and the name is going to be my_carousel. So .my_carousel. Let's click OK. First, let's come down to Background settings. Let's change the background to white. Let's go to Box properties. We are going to set the Width to 760. For Margin we are going to turn off Same for all. We are going to set 30 pixels on the Top, for the Right we are going to choose Auto, Bottom we are going to choose 0, and Left we are going to choose Auto.

By setting Auto on the right and the left this is going to center that container inside of the web browser window. And then lastly, let's come down to Positioning. And let's turn on relative for this item. That means, any items inside of this container with absolute positioning will position themselves relative to this particular container. Once that's done, let's click Ok. In the Insert panel in Dreamweaver, let's come to the Layout tab. Let's click the first item, Insert Div. We will keep Add insertion point, and for the class, we will assign my carousel and then click Ok.

Dreamweavers can add at some default copy inside of here. This is useful for us so that we can actually target additional items inside of this container. And you will see that this container centers in the window and positions itself 30 pixels down on the margin at the top. Now with our outermost container created, in the next move we will create the innermost containers.

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