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Creating lists

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Video: Creating lists

In this movie, we're going to take a look at how to create a variety of lists. We're going to talk about "ordered lists", sometimes called "numbered list", unordered lists, which are bulleted list, and a definition list. You can generate these lists from existing texts, or from scratch, and as a general rule, they behave just like a list in a Word Processing program. Lists are very useful if you have a list of items that you want to have grouped together, and display. It could be a set of directions, or a group of related items, or in the case of definition lists, you might have maybe a glossary page on your website where you want to list some terms and their definitions.

Creating lists

In this movie, we're going to take a look at how to create a variety of lists. We're going to talk about "ordered lists", sometimes called "numbered list", unordered lists, which are bulleted list, and a definition list. You can generate these lists from existing texts, or from scratch, and as a general rule, they behave just like a list in a Word Processing program. Lists are very useful if you have a list of items that you want to have grouped together, and display. It could be a set of directions, or a group of related items, or in the case of definition lists, you might have maybe a glossary page on your website where you want to list some terms and their definitions.

I'm still working with the brewing tea.html file we are working with in the previous movie, and we have some text down here. We'll just use this to illustrate how lists work. Here we have things you'll need to get started. We've got The Infuser, The Tea, and The Water. These aren't really needed in any particular order, you just need all three of these items. So, what I'd like to do is turn these into a "bulleted list". The important thing to remember about creating any type of list, is that each separate item on a list has to be it's own paragraph. Now, notice here, let me just select some text here. Right here we've got "The Infuser", which is the first item on our list, and notice that it has a line break Tag at the end, meaning that we have The Infuser, and immediately underneath that it says "In this movie, we'll be brewing tea using what's called an infuser". Then we have a paragraph break.

Right here it's the closing of the paragraph. Here's the opening of the next one, The Tea, and we have another line break. "Make sure that you store it in an air-tank container". Then another paragraph break The Water, and then the description of the water. The important thing that I'm pointing out here, is that each of these items, The Infuser, The Tea, and The Water are their own separate paragraphs. So, that each become and individual bullet item. But, the line breaks themselves will also be ignored when you go to create a list. So, it's not like there's going to be a bullet next to The Infuser, and a bullet next to, "In this movie, we'll be brewing tea". Only individual paragraphs will be turned into your list items.

I'm going to go ahead, and select the items that I want to turn into my list, and here in the Properties inspector, We've got some buttons down here. We've got Unordered List, and Ordered List. Since I don't need to number these, or prioritize to these items , I'm going to use an Unordered list, and just like that, we've got a bulleted list. You can see it brought the text much closer together, indented it a little bit, and just gives it a nicer presentation. The next section we have is "How to brew your tea". Now, this is something that actually require specific steps. So, these actions have to occur in a specific order. Again, notice that each of these items is it's own paragraph.

I'm going to go ahead and select those, and this time since we need these to be numbered, I'm just going to come over here, and choose ordered lists, and just like that, we now have a nice ordered list. this is much better than actually typing the numbers out yourself, because this lets you insert additional items, without having to renumber them. So for instance, if there were another step that were going to occur between steps 3, and 4, I could simply place my cursor at the end of step 3 here, hit return, or enter to create a new line, and notice that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} has increased the numbers in this list to 6, and it gives me a blank line 4.

So, I might be able to type another step here, like "Place teapot on countertop", or something like that. Now, imagine that you had a list of 100 items, and you needed to add something between item 25, and 26. Very easy to do if you formatted it as a Numbered list, but if you actually typed the numbers out yourself, you'd have to go in there and change all the numbers manually. So, creating an ordered list is definitely the best way to go. And, finally we have in here, "Tea Terminology". It's some important terms you might need to know before you actually start brewing your tea, Teaspoon, Infuser, and Teapot.

These are all again, their own individual paragraphs. Teaspoon is a paragraph. It's definition is a paragraph. Infuser is a paragraph. It's definition is a paragraph, and so on. But, I'm still going to select these items here, and what we're going to create here, is a definition list. A definition list just alternates each paragraph. The first paragraph is the term, the second paragraph is the definition. The next paragraph is the term, next paragraph is the definition, and so on. Now, we don't have a definition list button down here in our Property inspector. So, what we need to do is go to the Text Menu, go to List, and in here you'll find Definition List.

There's our definition list, and you can see right here that the definition for each term is indented slightly to make it easier to distinguish between the terms, and their definitions. That's the definition list. Again, if you want to learn a little bit about the code you can actually go over there, and see how these are created. You can see that unordered lists are created with the "ul" Tag, and each list item is created with an "li" Tag, and {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} indicates that the list is done with the closing "ul" Tag, or closing unordered Tag. We have the ordered list tag, "ol", and again, each item is an "li".

There's the closing "ol" Tag, and finally we have the "dl", which is definition list ,and we have "dt" for definition term, and we have "dd" for definition, definition. Again, just another opportunity for you to go, and check out the code, and learn a little bit about XHTML. As you can see, lists are an incredibly powerful way of organizing information.

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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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