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Creating an XML document


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Video: Creating an XML document

To create efficient XSL files, it's first important to understand the XML data that you are trying to transform. In this video we will create an XML file that we will then later use in creating our first XSL file. Our XML file will describe the upcoming shows at our Cheek Chastain gallery. You see I have our shows.html file open here and we have a list of upcoming shows and the date, the author name, the show itself, thumbnail image, and the description of the show. What if this information is being generated automatically via XML. It will be nice if we can just take the XML data and place it on the page. So this is where we were headed towards, but the first thing what I am going to do is go ahead and create this XML file.
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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

Creating an XML document

To create efficient XSL files, it's first important to understand the XML data that you are trying to transform. In this video we will create an XML file that we will then later use in creating our first XSL file. Our XML file will describe the upcoming shows at our Cheek Chastain gallery. You see I have our shows.html file open here and we have a list of upcoming shows and the date, the author name, the show itself, thumbnail image, and the description of the show. What if this information is being generated automatically via XML. It will be nice if we can just take the XML data and place it on the page. So this is where we were headed towards, but the first thing what I am going to do is go ahead and create this XML file.

Creating an XML file in Dreamweaver is incredibly simple Dreamweaver has XML as a file type just as it has HTML and CSS and all the other files that you normally used to create. So I will say File and choose New, and instead of saying HTML type, on the left-hand side will say Blank Page and instead of saying HTML for Page Type we are going to choose XML. So we choose XML. Now we have a chance to go ahead and give it a Doc Type declaration. Unless you know what your document type declaration for your JavaScript is going to be, just leave that blank and click Create. So the only thing on this blank page right now is an XML tag declaration. Now this lets the browser or whatever user agent know that an XML file follows.

So we will go down to our next line and every XML document needs to have a parent tag. The same way the HTML files need to have an HTML tag that's a parent tag, your XML file must also have a parent tag. Now, that parent tag can be anything that you want it to be. In this case we are going to use a very descriptive tag and we are going to use galleryShows. So I am going to open up the galleryShows tag. Just like XHTML, if we open up a tag we will need to eventually close the tag. I am going to go ahead and hit Enter twice and type in a forward slash and Dreamweaver will go ahead and close that tag for me. So now we have an opening galleryShows tag and a closing galleryShows tag. So we are passing along information to whoever is reading this content that the content of this file XML file focuses on galleryShows.

So I will go back up after the galleryShows tag and I will create another empty line, and what I am going to do now is I am going to indent by hitting Tab you can wait until the very end and have Dreamweaver format this is for you, but I really prefer to do this as I am typing and I like keeping this sort of tab structure to let me know where I am within my document. So I am going to go ahead and type in showType lowercase S uppercase T. you will find that I usually use Camel Coding naming convention, so that I have a lowercase first name uppercase thereafter. We are going to go ahead and give this one an attribute, and I will add type equals and then in quotation marks Upcoming Shows. I will go ahead and close that, Enter twice, and then I will close the showType tag, and then I want to tighten up this one, empty line I have got here.

So we have several different types of galleryShows, we have the current show we upcoming shows we have past shows. So we are using another tag to identify what type of shows that is that we were working with. Now inside the Upcoming Shows tag, I am going to go ahead and place my courser in there. I will hit tab again so that it intends one more time. It's time to start describing the actual shows themselves. So I will open up another tag, and this time I am going to use the Show tag. Now you will notice that Dreamweaver is giving me code handling that says hey, do you want to use a show tag. You will also notice that even though it didn't do it prior to this, showType now lists as well. Dreamweaver keep tracks of the tags you have been typing and it beings to add them to a temporary tag library.

If you want to add these tags permanently, you can go ahead and import your XML schema into your tag libraries. If you like a little information how to do that, we will cover that that in Chapter 1 Workflow movie. So we will finish out our show tag and we are going to give this show a name and the name of the show is going to be Relevant Works. That's our first show. After that we are also going to give this show a date, and that's because we loaded up the schema earlier to actually prompting us for both date and name when we add attributes to the show tag. So for date I am going to type in 5.26.

I will close that and hit Enter twice and then I will close my show tag. So you can see we are just building a really basic structure that we have our galleryShows tag our inner show type and then we were working with individual shows inside of that. Each show has information that we need to pass along as well. The first thing that we will pass along -- and I will hit tab inside my show tag -- will be the artists themselves. So we will say artist name equals and in this case it will be Josh Cavalier, close that.

Now I could close the Artist tag at this point, but I actually have the information about the artist. We are going to pass in paintings that are featured in this show, and that's going to pass as part of the artist information. So I will use the painting tag directly inside the artist and I will pass in a name to it and the first name is going be This Caravel, and if you want you can make a peer on painting names, that's part of fun I am doing this. I will close that and I am also going to close the painting tag. So tags don't necessarily have to have anything inside of them. Now, there is nothing wrong with copying and pasting other than having to type this over again. I am going to copy that paste it down to the next line, and the next painting is actually going to be Something in the Lawn. I will go to the next line and paste that in again. Our next tag will be In the Temple. We will do one more painting. Each artist has four paintings and our next one will be Typography.

Now remember we still have an open artist tag and sometimes it's hard to remember when you still have an open tag and that's one of the reasons why I like to get into a habit of opening a tag, going ahead and hitting Enter twice and closing the tag, and then filling in the contents. So we didn't do that this time but we should remember that in future. So we will go ahead and close our artist tag. Now we are not totally done with our first show. Remember that we also had an image that goes with this and a description. So I am going to go to the next line, use the image tag, and from our image -- I am going to give it a title and it will be the Relevant Works. Now it seems odd to have maybe a title for the image, but we are actually going to use this for alt text later. Next I am going to type in URL and URL is going to be ../_images/josh_fav_thumb.jpg, close that and then we will close our image tag.

It may actually try to close the show tag on you there, but go ahead to make sure it closes the image tab, because that is the open tag at the moment. We did not open up a new show tag, so it may have something to do with how we intended in our code. The last thing we needed to add is a description. So I am going to open up one more and this will be a description tag, and then instead of passing along the descriptions attribute, it's a really long little string, so we will go ahead and pass it along inside the description tags, and I am going to type in Local artist Josh Cavalier returns for a three week showing of his most relevant works. There will be a slide presentation prior to the reception showcasing Josh's current works in progress. As soon as I type that in, I will go ahead and close my description tag and I want to save the file.

Now we haven't saved this yet, so those of you are following we are going to navigate in our class file and find the Chapter 7 Starting Files. So we haven't defined that site yet, go ahead and define it. I am going to go in the Starting Files and there is a folder called XML. I am going to select the XML folder and I am going to name this file upcoming.xml. So now we have saved it as upcoming.xml. Now we are almost done with it but there is actually three additional shows that need to be described. So what I am going to do is I am going to jump forward a little bit and I will show you the finished version of this file. You are free at that point of pause the movie and then finished typing all the three shows save the file, and then in our next movie we will look at using something known as Character Data Statement to make sure our descriptions parts properly.

I will be displaying the finished XML file here in just a moment. Feel free to pause the movie and type in what you see on the screen or if you have the Example Files you can pull this out of the _text folder, which is where I will be grabbing it from. Here we have added the show for Joe Williamson named Point Freeze and you will need to add everything between the opening show tag on line 14 and the closing show tag on line 23. Our next show is from Jennifer Loman. The show's name is Expandscapes and you are going to need to add the code from lines 24 with the opening show tag to line 33 with the closing show tag.

Our final show will be Chris Mattia's and the show name is Blistery. You want to add the code from line 34, the opening show tag to the closing show tag on line 43. That should complete our XML file. So be sure once you have added that code to go ahead and save that file and that will move us on to our next lesson where we look at formatting the descriptions data with using CDATA state.

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