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Creating rounded-corner tables


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Video: Creating rounded-corner tables

Probably one of the biggest complaints about tables is that like most things on the web, tables are rectangular. The images contained within them are rectangular, the browser windows are rectangular, even CSS uses what's called a box model, and everything in there is rectangular. It's no wonder that web designers are always looking for ways to make things look a little bit less rectangular. In this movie, I just want to show you a quick little trick you can use to create a table with what apparently are rounded corners. Now this requires you to have some images that you created in an image editing program, and we're not going to get into actually how create those images right now, but I can at least show you how they can be applied here in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} I'm going to go ahead and close my document here, and I'm going to open up the file called rounded.htm. And this is just a document with some text and an image in it.
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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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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
10h 22m Beginner Apr 16, 2007

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In Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, instructor Garrick Chow delves into the many powerful features of the latest version of this powerful web design application. He covers everything from the simplest basics of using Dreamweaver CS3 to applying it to develop a fully interactive, accessible site. Garrick explains the new interface features, and demonstrates how to create, edit, manage, design, and publish a professional website with Dreamweaver CS3 and complementary applications. Exercise files accompany the training.

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Author:
Garrick Chow

Creating rounded-corner tables

Probably one of the biggest complaints about tables is that like most things on the web, tables are rectangular. The images contained within them are rectangular, the browser windows are rectangular, even CSS uses what's called a box model, and everything in there is rectangular. It's no wonder that web designers are always looking for ways to make things look a little bit less rectangular. In this movie, I just want to show you a quick little trick you can use to create a table with what apparently are rounded corners. Now this requires you to have some images that you created in an image editing program, and we're not going to get into actually how create those images right now, but I can at least show you how they can be applied here in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} I'm going to go ahead and close my document here, and I'm going to open up the file called rounded.htm. And this is just a document with some text and an image in it.

And we're just going to create a table to contain the stuff. So I'm going to put my cursor at the very top here, and I'm going to choose to insert a table. And this table is going to have 3 Rows, and 3 Columns. We're going to set the width to 400 pixels. We're going to type 0 for the Border thickness. We want no border whatsoever. Now there's a difference between having nothing in this field, and having a zero in this field. If you have the Border thickness field just blank, there actually will be a slight border. If you want absolutely no border between any of your cells, make sure you type in 0.

And you want to do the same thing for a padding and spacing. That way you'll have absolutely no space between your cells, which is what we want in this case. Again, if you leave those fields blank, you actually will have a little bit of space. We're going to have no Header. And we'll go ahead and click on OK. You'll notice that the table already has a background color in there because we already created a style that colors the table for us. So we don't have to worry about that in this exercise. Now if I look inside my Files panel here, we have a couple of images right inside the main directory here. We have bottomleft, bottomright, topleft, and topright. Go look in the Assets panel and see what these look like.

There's bottomleft, it looks like a little rounded piece right there. There's bottomright. There's topleft, and topright. So these are the actual corners we're going to put into our table. And we can do so simply by dragging them in. We can just do it by name. Here's topleft, we're going to drag that into the top left cell, like so. Now we'll come in here and we'll find top right, drag that into the top right cell. So that's what we have so far if I click out of there. And you can see that the background color of these pieces are white, just like our page, so when this is completed, it will look like this actually a rounded table on a white background. Now this table isn't quite coming together the way we want it to because of the lack of widths assigned to our table cells. Now I'm going to click at the very center cell here, and I'm going to assign this a width of 100%. Now, how can one cell have 100% when there are clearly other cells around it? Well, we're just doing a bit of a trick here because this will force the center column to take up as much space as it can and that way force the first and third columns to collapse tightly around the contents of their cells, which are those corner images. Now I'm going to press Enter, and you can see that sure enough, it pushes those cells out.

Now what I'm going to do select the text down here. I'm going to choose Edit > Cut. I'm just going to click in that center cell and paste my text in here, just like so. And I'll also drag this image in here, right there and paste my text in here, just like so. And I'll also drag this image in here, right there, just like so. Let's preview this in the browser. Looking pretty good. Notice that my actual table background is not quite the same color as the corner cells. And we did this on purpose, so you could actually see where those images are falling right now. So all I need to do, is come back in here, and go into my style where I have the background color for the table set, and choose a different color. I'm going to sample that color right out of one of those corner pieces, like so. And just like that, my table background color matches the color of those images. So now when I preview this, now it looks like I have a rounded table.

So that's just a little trick you can use if you sort of want to get away from the tedium of having completely rectangular tables all the time. If you know your way around an image editing program, like Adobe {italic}Photoshop{plain} or {italic}Fireworks,{plain} you can easily create those rounded corner pieces in either of those programs. If you're not quite sure how those programs work, you can check out any of our titles on {italic}Photoshop{plain} and {italic}Fireworks{plain} in the lynda.com online training library. So in this chapter, we learned how to create and edit tables, as well as how to format them using both XHTML and CSS. We also learned how to align text neatly, and how to insert images into a table eliminate some of that boxiness that's inherent in web design. Tables are going to be part of your daily development, so it definitely pays to spend some time learning the intricacies of table manipulation. In the next chapter, we're going to learn more about laying out entire web pages in {italic}Dreamweaver, {plain} including more work with tables.

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