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Creating nested templates


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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

with James Williamson

Video: Creating nested templates

Often your page structure will require a more complex template workflow than we have used up until this point. If your site consists of multiple regions that have nested pages, often one template will not be sufficient. Tying those templates together and creating more complex and flexible template regions is the subject of our next few exercises. You will notice I have the Artist Example file opened. So if you are following along with me, go ahead and open up the artist.htm page. Now, I am going to preview this in our browser, because I want to point out a few things about this. When we look at our artist page, we have a list of links on the right-hand side and these link to each of the artist bio pages and gallery pages. So if I click on the bio page of Aimee, we can see her bio.
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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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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics
11h 10m Intermediate Sep 21, 2007

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Covering diverse topics such as improving workflow and managing CSS styles, Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics is a hands-on course that teaches users how to move beyond standard, static websites. Instructor James Williamson explores how to increase productivity, interactivity, and accessibility with Dreamweaver. He also discusses how to extend the application's capabilities with XML and XSL. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Reviewing and customizing the coding toolbar
  • Understanding the CSS Styles panel
  • Using absolute and relative positioning
  • Creating accessible forms
  • Building AJAX pages with the Spry framework
  • Extending templates
  • Working with XML and XSL
  • Building dynamic content
  • Creating custom behaviors in Dreamweaver
  • Running reports
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Creating nested templates

Often your page structure will require a more complex template workflow than we have used up until this point. If your site consists of multiple regions that have nested pages, often one template will not be sufficient. Tying those templates together and creating more complex and flexible template regions is the subject of our next few exercises. You will notice I have the Artist Example file opened. So if you are following along with me, go ahead and open up the artist.htm page. Now, I am going to preview this in our browser, because I want to point out a few things about this. When we look at our artist page, we have a list of links on the right-hand side and these link to each of the artist bio pages and gallery pages. So if I click on the bio page of Aimee, we can see her bio.

Her bio is much more detailed page. That's going to give a longer description of who she is and has a link to her gallery and has a headline. And the gallery pages will showcase her gallery and we have got a small clickable thumbnail gallery as to there for each of the artist. So this is a much more complex structure than what we were dealing with, with our last template, because the last template had one level of child pages, where the artist section actually has two levels of child pages, and there is a bio section and a gallery section.

So we are going to need multiple template files to deal with that rather than trying to throw all this content into one template file. To do this, we will create nested templates. So I am going to go ahead and close Firefox and go back into Dreamweaver. Now the process of creating nested templates, we first have to create a root level template and we have a root level template for our site, but we don't have a root level template for the artist section. So we need to go ahead and create one. So let's go to File and choose Save As Template, and we will put it in the Chapter 6 site obviously, and we are just going to call this template Cheek Artists keeping with our name in convention, and giving it a description. I am just going to go ahead and title this the Root Level Artist template, and we will save it. It's going to ask me if we want to update links and you are always going to answer Yes to that question.

So now we are working on the cheek_ artist.dwt. We will base it off of the RS page and you can see it's been added to the Templates directory. So if yours isn't expanded, you can expand it and examine that. Each of the pages built from the Root Level Artist template are going to have an active length of artist. So we don't need to change the body tag ID. The banner graphic on the other hand will need to change. So we could do what we did in the previous example and make the attribute editable. But we are going to make the entire banner graphic editable. There is a reason for that and the reason is that we are going to be using template parameters later on. So this is something that we are going to do that it's going to allow us to in our nested templates create these template parameters and we will discuss that in later exercise.

So I am going to select the Banner Graphic and I am going to go up to Insert > Template Objects, and choose Editable Region. I will go ahead and call this Banner Graphic and I will click OK. So now our banner graphic is inside of an editable region. Our Sidebar contains a navigation list that is going to be consistent all the way throughout all of our artist pages. So I am going to start at the very top of the sidebar and I am going to highlight all the way down to Sidebar and I am going to go up to Insert > Template Objects > Editable Region, and we will call this Sidebar.

So we are creating this essentially the same way we created our previous template. So scroll back over and the last region we need to create is our main content region. So I am going to start using artist and it will go ahead and highlight all the way down. Actually, we really don't even need to do that. Using the Tag Selector, if you click anywhere inside that content, you can just click on the Div Artist Info tag to select that and you can make that an editable region. So I am going to go up to Insert > Template Objects > Editable Region, and we will just call this region Artist Info, click OK.

So you will notice that below the artist info area, we have a brief description of one artist. Now, this actually needs to repeat on the artist page and might need to repeat on subsequent pages. Maybe we are going to do in upcoming shows and have a list of artists like this. So we are going to use a template feature called a Repeating Region. Repeating Regions allow us to take content that needs to repeat on the page and create it very easily simply by clicking an Add button rather than having to copy and paste or type it all over again. So I am going to click inside the artist description and using the Tag Selector, I am going to select the div. artist tag. So using the Tag Selector, I am going to select the div.artist tag. Now, to create a repeating region, I am going to go up to Insert > Template Objects, and this time instead of Editable Region, we will choose Repeating Region.

So I am going to select Repeating Region. Now, it's going to ask me for a name for this and we are going to go ahead and name this one Artist Listing and we will go ahead and click OK. Notice the difference in the tag up top, instead of saying Editable Region, it says Repeat, and if I go over to Code view, you can see that there is a tag created called Template Begin Repeat and then it gives it a name of that section. So in addition to having editable regions, we now have this repeating region tag. So we are going to go ahead and save our template, and in our next exercise, we will create a page based off of that and use the repeating region.

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Q: In the Chapter 3 movie “Creating rounded corners with background graphics”, the instructor uses a .last class selector. What are the CSS properties of this selector?
A: The .last selector is as follows:
#current p.last{
background: url(../_images/current_btm_bg.gif) no-repeat bottom
left;
padding-bottom: 2em;
margin: 0;
}
The background is the bottom rounded corner graphic, the bottom padding keeps the type away from the bottom of the box and thus the rounded corners, and the margin ensures that the box elements fit seamlessly with each other.
 
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