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Creating editable attributes

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Video: Creating editable attributes

In our last exercise, we created our base template and defined two editable regions. Occasionally, you will have an object on the page that needs to update but that you don't necessarily need to place inside an editable region, take our banner graphic, for example. Our banner graphic is going to change on every single child page, but it's going to retain the same size and the same position. So placing it inside of an editable region would allow people to change it out or delete it altogether and that's not what we want to have happen. So the only two things that change are the image source path and the Alt text, so we can make the attributes of an object editable as well.

Creating editable attributes

In our last exercise, we created our base template and defined two editable regions. Occasionally, you will have an object on the page that needs to update but that you don't necessarily need to place inside an editable region, take our banner graphic, for example. Our banner graphic is going to change on every single child page, but it's going to retain the same size and the same position. So placing it inside of an editable region would allow people to change it out or delete it altogether and that's not what we want to have happen. So the only two things that change are the image source path and the Alt text, so we can make the attributes of an object editable as well.

So we will start with our banner graphic and then we will move on the two other sections of the page where we need editable attributes as well. So, start by selecting the banner graphic. Now, we still have the cheek_main template open, so if you have that from the last exercise, make sure it's open. So, select the banner graphic and last time when we inserted editable regions, we went up to the Insert menu, and we went down to Template Objects. Now, it would be kind of nice if everything was in one place but when you need to make attributes editable, this is not where you want to go. We will need to go now to the Modify menu and we go down to Templates and right down there towards the bottom is Make Attribute Editable. So go ahead and select that.

The Editable Tag Attributes dialog box comes up and whatever you have selected or wherever you are currently focused in your page, you are going to see all of the attributes of that particular object or tag. Notice that if I grab the pulldown menu for Attribute, Source and ALT comes up. Those are the two attributes within this tag that I can edit. So if I click SRC, I can say Make attribute editable by clicking the check box and then I have to give it a label and you can label this really whatever you would like. So I am going to go ahead and label this banner image. That's a little bit more descriptive, most people know what SRC means but giving it a more descriptive label is a pretty good idea.

Now, if I choose Type, notice that you can have different types of editable attributes. We have Text, URL, Color, True/False, we have Boolean value and a Number. Well, we want to choose URL because this is going to be a link and what's really nice about this is by choosing URL, Dreamweaver actually give you a browse feature when you are creating the page based off of this template. So we need more than one attribute to be editable on our banner graphic. So instead of just doing a SRC, we will also do the ALT text, I will go ahead and make that to be editable as well and we will just label that as banner alt text. It will indeed be text, so I will leave the Type as Text and I could give it some default text if I wanted to but I don't necessarily have to.

It's usually a good idea that to at least put something in there. So I am just going type in banner graphic, if whoever is working forgets to do it, at least, it will have an ALT tag of banner graphic. So we will go ahead and click OK and once again, we will go ahead and save our file. Now you may have noticed that our image went away and if I scroll over so I can see where our image is, you can see it looks be a little broken link and that's okay and that's just the template's way of representing to you that there is an expression here for the SRC. As a matter of fact, I will switch over to Code view and let's see that. So on line 27, if we look at our banner graphic now and the image source inside of that, we have this really odd looking text. Well, this is actually a template expression and we are going to explore template expressions in a later movie.

So, I am going to switch back to Design view now. Now, I mentioned that there are two other items that need to have editable attributes and we are going to focus on the navigation first. You will notice that the current page is indicated by having its links state changed. So since this was based off of the news page, the news page is sort of a lighter tanned to sort of indicate that hey, I am selected. Well, this is actually done through CSS and if I go back to Code view and scroll up to see the body tag, I can see that the body tag has an ID. Now your cascading style sheets are using the ID being passed into them to determine which link it should basically indicate as current. So in each page, we will need to go ahead and change the body tags id.

So I will go back to Design view and I am going to use the Tag Selector to choose the body tag, so you can click anywhere on the page, just click the body tag and you have it selected. So we will go back up to Modify > Templates > Make Attribute Editable. Once again, that is going to search through the body tag, find any attributes and we only have the ID, so we will choose that one. We will make the attribute editable and we'll go ahead and label this one as current page. Now what that will do for us again is it will come up and say okay, what's the current page and you'll need to type that in.

Again, we really need to have a default value; we will just leave it as news. Now, the problem here is if somebody forgets to fill that in, it's going to indicate that you are on the current news page, and they won't be. So be careful about that, so I will click OK. And the last thing that we need to take care of is our style sheet. Now, this page is actually linked to our base style sheet, but some of the sub pages like the Artists page, for example, or the Shows page, they have their own CSS because the pages are a little bit more complicated. So that needs to be able to change on these child-level pages as well.

So I am going to switch to Code view and I am going to scroll up to the head of my document. There is nothing wrong with having head content editable as well. You will notice that it's already wrapped our title tag in editable region. So I am going to go ahead and select on line number 8, our link tag. Now, it links out to our CSS file. So I will go back up to Modify > Template and choose Make Attribute Editable. Now again, this time, I get all sorts of choices because this link tag has an HREF attribute, a REL attribute, TYPE, MEDIA. We are just going to choose HREF and we will make that attribute editable and we will just go ahead and call this document styles.

Now again, we will make this a URL, and we will leave the default as the base line CSS so if we don't need to change it, it will remain the base CSS but when we get to those more specialized pages, we will be able to go in and change that property. So we will go ahead and click OK. Now that we have built our template, it's time to rebuild the pages in our site with our new template. So next to explore creating new pages based off of our template and how to apply templates to existing pages.

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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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