Create an Expandable FAQ Listing with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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To create our HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files, we're going to move over to Dreamweaver. If you'd prefer to take this course and a tool other than Dreamweaver, we're offering the same course in the lynda.com library using Aptana Studio instead of Dreamweaver. Now inside of Dreamweaver we're going to come up to the File menu, choose New. From the left-hand column, we're going to choose Blank Page, under Page Type, HTML. We're going to come down and choose XHTML 1.0 Transitional to make sure this will work back in browsers like IE 7 and 8, and then click Create.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are a popular aspect of any web site. This course shows how to create questions that have expandable and collapsible answers, allowing visitors to easily find the information they need. Author and jQuery expert Chris Converse shows how to build an FAQ section for your site quickly, using the tools in Dreamweaver and the code libraries in jQuery. In addition, the course demonstrates how to automatically link to a specific question, and automatically open the answer, giving you the ability to provide users with a direct answer to their question.

Topics include:
  • Creating project folders
  • Creating the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files in Dreamweaver
  • Activating the FAQ carousel with JavaScript
  • Adding in sample question and answer content
  • Creating CSS rules for graphics
  • Animating the graphic states
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Creating the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files

To create our HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files, we're going to move over to Dreamweaver. If you'd prefer to take this course and a tool other than Dreamweaver, we're offering the same course in the lynda.com library using Aptana Studio instead of Dreamweaver. Now inside of Dreamweaver we're going to come up to the File menu, choose New. From the left-hand column, we're going to choose Blank Page, under Page Type, HTML. We're going to come down and choose XHTML 1.0 Transitional to make sure this will work back in browsers like IE 7 and 8, and then click Create.

Right away we're going to choose File > Save and from the desktop we're going to come into myFAQ, and we're going to call this faq.html; then hit Save. Next we're going to come up to the File menu. Choose New > Blank Page. Let's choose Page Type > CSS. Let's click Create. Right away let's choose File > Save. We're going to save this into the includes directory. We'll call this faq.css. Hit Save.

Let's go to another File > New > Blank Page. Page Type is JavaScript. Click Create. Let's save this right away as well. Choose File > Save inside of the includes directory. We'll call this faq.js. Then hit Save. Now we've got our files created. Let's come back to the HTML document. First let's hook in our CSS file. Let's come down to Format > CSS Styles > Attach Style Sheet.

Under File/URL let's click Browse. From the Desktop > myFAQ > includes, let's grab faq.css, then click Choose, then say OK. Now we have our CSS file linked in. Let's come over here and switch to Code view. So let's get our cursor after the link tag. Let's hit Return. Let's come up to Insert > HTML > Script Objects > Script. Under Source, let's click on the folder.

We're going to come in and bring in jQuery first. Click Choose. Click OK. Then hit on Return. Let's come up to Insert > HTML > Script Objects > Script. Click on the folder again, and let's come in and bring in faq.js. Let's click OK, and now at this point we have our HTML, CSS, and JavaScript file created, and we have our CSS file, a copy of jQuery, and our own custom JavaScript file hooked into this file as well.

Let's switch back to Design view, and in the next movie we can start by creating our CSS rules for our layout.

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