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Creating a library item

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Now we're going to take a look at creating library items. Now as I mentioned earlier, library items and templates are somewhat similar in function. Both are used to apply changes to multiple pages with ease, but the difference is that templates affect the entire page design, whereas you use library items for individual page elements, both inside and outside of templates. Basically, a library item can be a bit of text, an image, a table. Anything that you're planning on putting on a lot of pages within your site. Probably one of the best examples is a copyright notice.

Creating a library item

Now we're going to take a look at creating library items. Now as I mentioned earlier, library items and templates are somewhat similar in function. Both are used to apply changes to multiple pages with ease, but the difference is that templates affect the entire page design, whereas you use library items for individual page elements, both inside and outside of templates. Basically, a library item can be a bit of text, an image, a table. Anything that you're planning on putting on a lot of pages within your site. Probably one of the best examples is a copyright notice.

Let's say you have copyright 2007 on all of your pages, but then it becomes 2008. If you have a hundred pages, and if you don't have this set up as a library item, you'd have to go and open each one of those pages, and turn 2007 into 2008. Using a library item makes this process much easier. Let's see how this works. I'll open up index.html. And down at the bottom, sure enough, we have a Copyright down here. It's Copyright 2007. Now, I want to add this information to all of my pages. So, I'm going to select the Copyright, plus the site design information here. Now, I'm going to go over to Assets. And click on the Library items icon down here.

And to create a new library item based on my selected text, I'm going to click New Library Item. That warns me that it might not look the same when placed in other documents, because the style sheet information is not copied with it, which is a very good point. But I'm not really going to be bothered by that right now. I'll click on OK. Now have an Untitled library item. I'm just going to change its name to Copyright. And with it selected, I can see a preview of it up here, and notice that does not, in fact, have any of the Cascading Style Sheets applied to it. In addition to that, when I created a new library item based off that text, if I click off of that, notice that that text is now highlighted in yellow. When I click on it, I select the entire selected text.

{italic} Dreamweaver {plain}took the liberty of turning that text into a library item for me. And when something is a library item, we can't actually then get in there and click anything. Notice down here in the Property inspector, it's set to Library item. I can't change any of the text, unless I go and edit that item itself. But we'll do that in the next movie. For now, let's add this library item to a couple of other pages. I'm going to switch to my Templates section of my Assets panel. There is no sense in opening a whole bunch of individual pages to add the library item, when I have templates applied to a lot of my pages. I can just add the library item to the template, and then when I change the library item, the template will change, and then therefore, all pages attached to that template will change. I'm all about saving as much time as possible.

So let's open up OurProducts. I'm going to scroll down to the bottom. And I already have the site design information down here. I'm just going to select that, and switch back to library items. And when I click Insert, it will replace that text, that selected text, with my library item, just like so. And there it is. So the template is now using the library item for the copyright statement in the footer. I'm going to go ahead and save this. {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}will ask me if I want to update all the files, based off this template. And of course, I do. Go ahead and close. And once I close this, if I go back and look at those pages, for example, teacloudteas.com, sure enough, let's hide our table widths here, you see the library item here at the bottom of this page. If I open up this one, same thing. Library item is now at the bottom of the page.

So there is a combination of working with library items, and templates, to quickly add content to several pages at once. In the next movie, we'll take a look at how to modify our library items.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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