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Connecting various data sets


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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

with James Williamson

Video: Connecting various data sets

In our previous exercise, we placed our Accordion widget on the page and then populated the panels with different items from our Data Set. While we were successful in doing that, we need to establish a relationship between the Spry Table on the left hand side of the page and our Accordion. So the Accordion will update whenever someone clicks on an element in our Spry Table. To do that, we have got to do a little bit of hand coding and actually we don't even really have to hand code it. We can do that directly here in Design View. So if you are following along with me, we are still working on the current exercise file and we are going to do our Image panel first. So go ahead and expand your Image panel and if you need to refresh on how to do that, if you click on the panel, if it is close, you will see a Visibility icon on the right hand side, just open that up or you can select the entire Accordion widget and then using the Properties inspector click on the appropriate label. So I am going to click inside the panel. That is very important. When you do that, your Tag Selector is going to display a list of tags of course, and we are inside an Accordion panel. So you want to make sure you click inside the panel, so this paragraph, it says dsShow Media, I am going to click right inside that to make sure that I get inside the panel.
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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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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics
11h 10m Intermediate Sep 21, 2007

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Covering diverse topics such as improving workflow and managing CSS styles, Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics is a hands-on course that teaches users how to move beyond standard, static websites. Instructor James Williamson explores how to increase productivity, interactivity, and accessibility with Dreamweaver. He also discusses how to extend the application's capabilities with XML and XSL. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Reviewing and customizing the coding toolbar
  • Understanding the CSS Styles panel
  • Using absolute and relative positioning
  • Creating accessible forms
  • Building AJAX pages with the Spry framework
  • Extending templates
  • Working with XML and XSL
  • Building dynamic content
  • Creating custom behaviors in Dreamweaver
  • Running reports
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Connecting various data sets

In our previous exercise, we placed our Accordion widget on the page and then populated the panels with different items from our Data Set. While we were successful in doing that, we need to establish a relationship between the Spry Table on the left hand side of the page and our Accordion. So the Accordion will update whenever someone clicks on an element in our Spry Table. To do that, we have got to do a little bit of hand coding and actually we don't even really have to hand code it. We can do that directly here in Design View. So if you are following along with me, we are still working on the current exercise file and we are going to do our Image panel first. So go ahead and expand your Image panel and if you need to refresh on how to do that, if you click on the panel, if it is close, you will see a Visibility icon on the right hand side, just open that up or you can select the entire Accordion widget and then using the Properties inspector click on the appropriate label. So I am going to click inside the panel. That is very important. When you do that, your Tag Selector is going to display a list of tags of course, and we are inside an Accordion panel. So you want to make sure you click inside the panel, so this paragraph, it says dsShow Media, I am going to click right inside that to make sure that I get inside the panel.

Now, it is actually advantageous that I clicked in this because we need to go ahead and assign this a class while we are at it. So, go down to your Tag Selector and find the P Tag, simply either right click or if you are on a Mac, Ctrl+Click and choose Quick Tag Editor, our paragraph tag will come up and let's just type in class = 'media.' That our media class style hasn't been written yet, but it is going to drive how this styles later on, so we want to go ahead and do that now since we are here. Now just to the left of that, you will find a tag that says div.Accordionpanel content. Now this is where we need to establish a relationship between this content and the Spry Table that we placed on the page earlier. So make sure that you are affecting the divAccordionpanel Content tag. Once again, you want to right click or if you are on a Mac, Ctrl+Click and bring up the Quick Tag Editor for the Accordion panel content div tag.

Now we are not going to modify any existing attributes. We are going to add another one so in the Quick Tag Editor, I am going to click just after the class attribute and add a space. I will type in S and that's going to code hint for me all these different Spry regions that I can do. So I want to type in the word Spry and I can just go ahead and click on d and it will jump down my Spry list so I have chosen content default. I am going to scroll down this list and what I am looking for is the detail region. So spry:detailregion and I will hit Return and when I do that, it will finish typing that out for me. So it says spry:detailregion and then I have a value. Now, it is expecting to hear a Data Set from me, so I am going to type in dsShow and remember that's our Data Set for our Spry Table. So I am going to go ahead and click on that and that identifies this panel content as being a detailed region of that set.

As you remember, when we defined the table, we had the update detail region checkbox that we checked so that we could enable this type of functionality. So I will click Enter again and I will go ahead and make that Edit to my tag. Now you also may notice that in the Tag Selector now, our tag is orange. Anytime that you click inside of an element that contains a Spry code, Dreamweaver is going to highlight that tag for you in orange so that's a really good indicator that there is either a repeat region or a detailed region or just a generic Spry region inside that content. We need to go ahead and add that same detail region functionality to our description as well. The note from the author isn't going to change. We don't need to do that for that one but we do need to do the same thing for the second panel. So I am going to scroll down and select my second panel and open that up and remember, I can click anywhere inside the content, so I don't really have to have it highlighted.

Once again, I am going to go down to my Tag Selector and I am looking specifically for the divAccordionpanel content so that's the class I am looking for. I will either right click or Ctrl +Click that. I will choose Quick Tag Editor and once again, I will just add the attribute and I will type in s for Spry and I will just mouse down until I get to detailregion and then I will type in dsShow and hit Enter. And remember, I will always hit Enter twice so that it gets applied. Once again, you should see that orange highlighting indicating that Spry content has been added to this region. Okay, we will go ahead and save that and it is time to go ahead and preview this in our browser. So we will preview this in our browser and I will scroll down and you can see, oh, we have an image displaying here and if I click on a different painting, I see a different image show up and it is pulling that of course, from the external Data Set.

If I click on the painting information, that tab will come up and as I click I can see that those descriptions change and if I click on Note from the Artist, the Note from the Artist displays as well. So our Accordion widget is working. It is maybe not quite as pretty as we wanted it to be. So in the next exercise, we will take a look at controlling the look and feel of your Accordion widget by working with CSS.

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