Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Creating the HTML containers for the tabs


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Video: Creating the HTML containers for the tabs

So now we'll add HTML containers for the individual tabs. So let's get our cursor inside of the div with the class of tabs. Let's tab in, and we can put HTML elements inside of here that we'll use as our individual tabs that our users can click on. Now you can use any HTML element here that you want. Sometimes people like to put unordered lists inside of here or use straight anchor tags. Instead, I'm going to choose to use a span tag. We'll type "iPad," then we'll end this span element. Let's hit a teturn. Write another span. This one is going to be for Video and the element.
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1h 6m Intermediate Oct 11, 2012

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A tabbed panel interface is a classic feature to incorporate in your website design, but they're usually static elements. This course shows how to build a dynamic sliding tabbed panel from scratch using a combination of HTML, CSS, jQuery, and the tools in Dreamweaver. Author Chris Converse leads you through the process from start to finish, from building the containers to styling the text, tab, and panels, and adding click events to make the tabs interactive. He also shows how to incorporate progressive enhancement techniques, so visitors who don't have JavaScript, for example, can still access the content.

Topics include:
  • Creating the main panel and tab containers
  • Adding content to the containers
  • Adding CSS styles to the text and tabs
  • Adding the jQuery $(document).ready() function
  • Assigning click events to the tabs
  • Setting an autostart on page load
  • Creating custom graphics for the panels
  • Assigning custom classes to the HTML elements
  • Reassigning CSS rules with JavaScript
Subjects:
Developer Web
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Creating the HTML containers for the tabs

So now we'll add HTML containers for the individual tabs. So let's get our cursor inside of the div with the class of tabs. Let's tab in, and we can put HTML elements inside of here that we'll use as our individual tabs that our users can click on. Now you can use any HTML element here that you want. Sometimes people like to put unordered lists inside of here or use straight anchor tags. Instead, I'm going to choose to use a span tag. We'll type "iPad," then we'll end this span element. Let's hit a teturn. Write another span. This one is going to be for Video and the element.

Let's add one more. This one will be Photography, and end that element. Now that we have the HTML elements that we're going to use as tabs, in the next movie we can start working on the panels inside of the panel container div.

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