Create an Interactive Homepage Marquee with jQuery and Dreamweaver
Illustration by John Hersey

Create an Interactive Homepage Marquee with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Creating and linking HTML and CSS files

To start our project, let's create a folder on the Desktop. We will call it myMarquee. Let's open that up, and let's create some folders inside of here. The first one is going to be called includes. This is going to hold our CSS and JavaScript files and our farinspace plug-in. Another folder called images. One called photos. One called template.

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Watch the Online Video Course Create an Interactive Homepage Marquee with jQuery and Dreamweaver
1h 34m Intermediate May 26, 2011

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Discover how to build a visually rich, interactive marquee in order to aggregate and display content on a web site homepage. Author Chris Converse shows how to prepare the artwork in Photoshop and Illustrator, create HTML and CSS layouts, and dynamically generate marquee elements with the open-source JavaScript framework jQuery. Tutorials on animating between content panels are also included.

Topics include:
  • Linking the HTML and CSS layouts
  • Preparing images with the Slice tool and Smart Objects
  • Adding CSS rules for the captions and navigation
  • Producing the photo lineup
  • Creating the navigation links based on the HTML
  • Setting click events for the navigation
  • Animating between photos
  • Initializing the gallery on page load
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Creating and linking HTML and CSS files

To start our project, let's create a folder on the Desktop. We will call it myMarquee. Let's open that up, and let's create some folders inside of here. The first one is going to be called includes. This is going to hold our CSS and JavaScript files and our farinspace plug-in. Another folder called images. One called photos. One called template.

And let's take photos and template directories and move them inside of images. So now that we have all of our folders created, let's start by creating an HTML and CSS file. One of the quickest ways to do this is to use a tool like Adobe Dreamweaver or some kind of tool that can let you create a brand-new HTML and CSS file. So, inside of Dreamweaver, I am going to come up to File, choose New. Under Page Type, I am going to choose HTML. We are going to choose XHTML Transitional. This will allow it to be compatible all the way back to Windows XP and versions of Internet Explorer that include 7 and 8.

Let's choose File > Save right away. Let's go to the Desktop/myMarquee. We will name this index.html. Click Save. Choose File > New. Let's create a new CSS document. Click Create. Right away, let's choose File > Save. includes directory/marquee.css. Click Save.

Lastly, let's go back to the index file, and we want to link the CSS into this HTML. Inside of Dreamweaver, we are going to choose Format > CSS Styles > Attach Style Sheet. C lick Browse. Choose myMarquee/includes/marquee.css and click Choose. Now I can see at the top Dreamweaver indicates that marquee.css is now a related file to this. We can also take a look at the source code and see that the link reference has been added into the HTML file.

Let's click back on Design view. Let's choose File > Save All and make sure all of our files are saved. Now that we have our HTML and CSS created, the next thing we are going to do is start creating our graphics.

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