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The CSS Styles panel


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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: The CSS Styles panel

Let's pause for a moment and take a look at the CSS Styles panel, which we've taken a look at briefly over here on the right-hand side. Now, let's take a closer look, because we're going to be spending a lot of time in here over the next several movies, and it will be important for you to be able to find your way around this panel. Without the CSS panel, you won't be able to create, edit, or manage your Cascading Style Sheets. So, it's essential for you to know how to use it. Now, we have already dabbled a little bit in here, but now let's take a tour, and see what all these buttons, and options are about. First of all, there are two main modes for the CSS Styles panel. We have All, and Current. The Current view shows you just rules that apply to whatever element you currently have selected on the page you're working on. For instance, if I click in this heading area here, I see the styles that we set up for each h1 tag, or if I click somewhere inside my links, I see the properties that we've created for our links. The All mode shows you all the style sheets are linked to or embedded in the current document. It groups the rules by the style sheet they're defined in, so you see a folder like structure, showing you all of your CSS rules. At the top here we see the name of the style sheet.
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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    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 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    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 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    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 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    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 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    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 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    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 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    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 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
10h 22m Beginner Apr 16, 2007

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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.

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The CSS Styles panel

Let's pause for a moment and take a look at the CSS Styles panel, which we've taken a look at briefly over here on the right-hand side. Now, let's take a closer look, because we're going to be spending a lot of time in here over the next several movies, and it will be important for you to be able to find your way around this panel. Without the CSS panel, you won't be able to create, edit, or manage your Cascading Style Sheets. So, it's essential for you to know how to use it. Now, we have already dabbled a little bit in here, but now let's take a tour, and see what all these buttons, and options are about. First of all, there are two main modes for the CSS Styles panel. We have All, and Current. The Current view shows you just rules that apply to whatever element you currently have selected on the page you're working on. For instance, if I click in this heading area here, I see the styles that we set up for each h1 tag, or if I click somewhere inside my links, I see the properties that we've created for our links. The All mode shows you all the style sheets are linked to or embedded in the current document. It groups the rules by the style sheet they're defined in, so you see a folder like structure, showing you all of your CSS rules. At the top here we see the name of the style sheet.

In his case, it's styles. CSS, which we created previously, and with it toggled open, we see all the rules contained in that style sheet. If we had more style sheet attached to this page, each sheet would appear with its own toggle arrow that you could use to open, or collapse to see, or hide its styles. When you click to select any of your rules, the properties of that particular rule show up down here in the lower portion of the panel so, you can see exactly what values each property has, and from here you can directly edit properties, or you can click Add property, to add properties to your rule. Now, you'll only see the list of properties this way if you have this button down here selected, which displays only the properties that have been set for that particular rule. The button to its left is for List View, which lists every single possible property that you could edit for this particular rule in alphabetical order.

You can see that there are a lot of them, but as I scroll through here, I'll eventually see some of the properties that I set up for this particular rule. You can see most they're colors here. Select link, here. You can see the rules that I setup for the link. There's color, text decoration, and the rest of these are pretty much blank. I don't consider this the most efficient way to work so, I don't spend a lot of time in List View. The third view is Category View, which also lists every possible property for your selected rule, but in this case they're grouped by, you guessed it, category. Let me collapse font for minute so, you can see we have, Font category, Background, Block, Border, and so on. This can sometimes be a convenient way to find the properties you want to alter, despite browsing through the categories. It's definitely more convenient than that alphabetical List View. You may find yourself working in this view sometimes. Personally, I prefer to keep just the set properties visible, and if I needed an additional property, I like to use the Edit button down here.

That opens up the main CSS editing window, and we'll be spending the majority of our time in here. If you're not very familiar with CSS rules, and capabilities, this is the best place to do your style creation, and editing, because everything is broken down into meaningful categories. I'll cancel out of there for the moment. As far as the other three buttons found on here, we've already scene that you use the link button to link to an external style sheet. The next button with the little plus symbol (+) on a use for creating new styles, either internal, or external, and we'll be getting to that, and clicking the trash icon, deletes your currently selected rule, which is useful if you no longer need a rule you created, or if you just created a rule by accident.

You just need to select that rule, and then click on the trash icon to delete it. So, that's a brief tour of the CSS style panel. Again, it's essential for you to keep this panel open when you're working with Cascading Style Sheets in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} That is, unless you code everything by hand, but if not, definitely keep it open. We're going to be working a lot with this panel in the upcoming movies.

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