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Creating editable and non-editable optional regions

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Video: Creating editable and non-editable optional regions

Now that we've created our root level artist template, it's time to create a nested template based off of our artist page. Before we do that, it might be helpful if we talk a little bit about what a nested template is. So what I am going to do is I am going to open up in our bios section of our exercise files, aimee.htm and this is Aimee Hutchins' bio page. Now, if I preview that in our browser, I can see that I have other bio pages of artists and there is a very similar format. So you always have the artist name, have their photo and you have a link to their gallery. On the right-hand side, we always have Bios and Galleries.

Creating editable and non-editable optional regions

Now that we've created our root level artist template, it's time to create a nested template based off of our artist page. Before we do that, it might be helpful if we talk a little bit about what a nested template is. So what I am going to do is I am going to open up in our bios section of our exercise files, aimee.htm and this is Aimee Hutchins' bio page. Now, if I preview that in our browser, I can see that I have other bio pages of artists and there is a very similar format. So you always have the artist name, have their photo and you have a link to their gallery. On the right-hand side, we always have Bios and Galleries.

So, there is a lot of commonality with the artist template that we just built. You will notice also that each artist has a banner graphic that comes up when they are selected. So we could use the artist template to build these but in doing that, we would have to totally blow out the content in the middle and replace it each time and there is a lot similarities here because notice, you have the title of the artists, you have their banner graphic, you have their photo and you have a link that you need to change plus all of the text itself. So why don't we create instead a nested template that will allow us to have all the common features of the artist template but allow us to also specify areas of content that are unique to the Bios section.

So nested templates could be thought of as being more specific templates based off of a basic general template. Now there is a parent to child relationship. So if the general template updates, the nested template will update and all other pages will also update. So we are almost creating a cascade of templates when we do this. Now as we build this, we are also going to take a look at a feature known as optional region. So let's go ahead and close the browser and get back in the Dreamweaver and we will start building our nested template. Now I am going to leave aimee.htm open because this is the Bios page and it makes a good starting point for our nested template so we will just use it.

Now, we are going to build this nested template pretty much the same way that we built our root level templates earlier. We are just going to go ahead and build this page base off of the artist template that we created earlier. So to do that, I will select the content that we want to save and in this case, I am going to click inside the content area where we have our artist information and I am going to click on the div called bio to select that. So, I will use my tag selector to select that bio div tag. So it will select all of this information. I will go ahead and cut that and the next thing that we need to do is to get rid of all the rest of this information because it's all contained already within out template. So I will select the body tag and just hit Delete and that will do.

Now I will paste back in all of our bio information. Double check by clicking inside the content that you still have the bio div tag. That's very important what we will be doing next. To apply the templates to the page, we will go up to the menu and say Modify > Templates > Apply Template to Page. This time we get a list of all the templates that we have. We will choose the cheek_artist template and we always want to make sure this check box, Update page when template changes, is selected. That's the default behavior but it means if you update the template, obviously, all the child pages will also update. So I'll go ahead and Select and again, it is going to say okay, where do you want to place this content. So we will place the body in artist info area and it will place the Document head Nowhere. I am going to click OK.

And just like we had before, we now have a banner graphic or artist info side bar. So really, this is pretty much the same as we saw last time but as I scroll down, there is a little bit of problem here. Notice that we keep getting that repeating region and our bio pages really don't need that artist list. So we are going to have to change that. So what we want to do is we are going to go ahead and just hit Save, so it will save our aimee page right now. But we need to go back and we need to modify our existing artist template, so that the repeating region is actually also an optional region. So on some pages we will need it and on some pages we won't.

So let's go back to our Files panel, and I am going to go into our templates and I am going to double click the cheek _artist template to open that up. Now, I am going to scroll down and if I take a closer look at the structure of the repeating region, if I click inside of this as a matter of fact, I notice that the editable region is inside of a div tag with the class of artist side to it and then there is the repeating region outside of that. So if I just make the artist div tag optional, it's not going to fix our issue here. So we are going to actually select the div with the ID of artist list. So use the tag selector to click on that and select it.

So we've created optional regions by going up to Insert > Template Objects > Optional Region and selecting that is going to say well, what do you want to name this optional region. So we are going to go ahead and name this Artist List. Now, the behavior is to Show by default or not, we will leave the behavior Show by default and we will click OK. What that means is that we can modify and display and choose not to display it. So we will go ahead and save our artist template and it's going to give us that warning message about the block level element again and we want to update. So let's choose Update. We will get this little message that tells us who is updated and we will go ahead and close that template. Remember, as soon as you've done editing in template, my advice to you is just to go ahead and close it.

As we come back into our aimee page, we notice that it's still there. So we need to go ahead and control that optional region. So I am going to go up to Modify > Template Properties and notice that the only template property I am getting right now is that Artist List that we had before. I have the choice of showing it or not showing it by simply clicking the check box. So I am going to deselect it, do not show the Artist List. We will click OK and it's gone.

Excellent! So we need to turn our attention to making this a nested template and that's what we will do in our next exercise.

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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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