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Creating empty CSS rules

From: Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Video: Creating empty CSS rules

Now that we have the images in place and all of the assets we need for our template, let's come back over to Dreamweaver. Start in here, on each project I usually make a decision whether I'm going to build the HTML or the CSS first. Referring back to our sketch, this sort of informs the CSS rules and the dimensions of the objects we need to create in our CSS. So what I'm going to do here is I'm actually going to divide this. We're going to create our CSS rules first, leave them blank, and then we're going to go into HTML and build the HTML structure, so that we get all the nesting properly in place with all of the right classes.

Creating empty CSS rules

Now that we have the images in place and all of the assets we need for our template, let's come back over to Dreamweaver. Start in here, on each project I usually make a decision whether I'm going to build the HTML or the CSS first. Referring back to our sketch, this sort of informs the CSS rules and the dimensions of the objects we need to create in our CSS. So what I'm going to do here is I'm actually going to divide this. We're going to create our CSS rules first, leave them blank, and then we're going to go into HTML and build the HTML structure, so that we get all the nesting properly in place with all of the right classes.

So to start with my HTML file open over here in the CSS panel in Dreamweaver, let's come down here and click on New CSS Rule. All the rules we're going to create are going to be classes, and let's start off creating one called page_container. We'll click OK. I'm going to leave all of this blank for moment. I'm going to create another new rule. This one is going to be called .gallery-credit. Click OK.

New rule, this one is going to be called .gallery_type. Click OK. Create another rule. This one is going to be called .gallery_top. This one is actually going to be the top of the rounded-corner box, and we're going to use the Photoshop slice in this one. Choose OK. gallery_content, choose OK.

New rule called .gallery_thumbnails. Click OK. New rule called .gallery_preview. Choose OK. New rule called .gallery_contact. Click OK. New rule called .gallery_caption. Click OK.

Another one called .gallery_bottom. Choose OK. Then the last one we're going to create, .clear_both. Choose OK, and in this one, we'll go ahead and define the properties here. Let's come down to Box properties, come down to Clear, and select both. This is going to be a class that we're going to use to clear out different float objects that we're going to be assigning to our layout.

The other thing I like to set inside the Type settings is the line height and set this to a height of 1 pixel. Then click OK. Now this gives us all of the CSS rules we're going to need. If I click over to the CSS rules here, we can see all of these are empty except for clear_both. But actually having these rules defined in the CSS here inside of Dreamweaver, in HTML Code view we can actually access these, and Dreamweaver will give us some code hinting and quick shortcuts to assign these into the proper nested structure for the HTML.

Let's come back to our index file. Let's choose File > Save All just to make sure everything saved, and in the next movie we'll create our HTML file based on these CSS rules.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Previewing the project across browsers and devices
      5m 32s
    2. About the exercise files
      2m 19s
  2. 9m 49s
    1. Renaming a series of files in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Using GREP for more intricate file renaming
      6m 42s
  3. 29m 5s
    1. Creating and linking HTML and CSS files
      1m 32s
    2. Save For Web & Devices in Photoshop
      7m 2s
    3. Creating empty CSS rules
      3m 55s
    4. Create, nest, and class DIV tags
      6m 0s
    5. Adding CSS properties for main container
      4m 0s
    6. Adding CSS properties for content area
      4m 28s
    7. Adding CSS properties for headings
      2m 8s
  4. 15m 55s
    1. Adding and linking the thumbnail images
      2m 32s
    2. Styling the thumbnail links with CSS
      5m 15s
    3. Downloading and adding jQuery to your project
      2m 42s
    4. Overriding the browser's default link behavior
      5m 26s
  5. 11m 10s
    1. Creating preview images from anchor links
      1m 52s
    2. Changing the preview when clicking thumbnails
      5m 59s
    3. Changing the caption when clicking thumbnails
      3m 19s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Adding an image preload plug-in for jQuery
      2m 22s
    2. Setting a dissolve transition between previews
      4m 31s
    3. Implementing the preload functionality
      5m 7s
  7. 15m 20s
    1. Adding a lightbox plug-in for jQuery
      2m 2s
    2. Creating a custom function for lightbox properties
      7m 38s
    3. Setting links to activate the lightbox feature
      5m 40s
  8. 3m 40s
    1. Initializing the gallery on page load
      3m 40s
  9. 5m 11s
    1. Adding icons and styles to the zoom and contact links
      5m 11s
  10. 2m 41s
    1. Activating a gallery automatically in IE9 and IE10
      2m 41s
  11. 2m 43s
    1. Some ideas for further enhancements
      2m 43s

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