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Importing tabular data

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Video: Importing tabular data

While it is perfectly acceptable to create tables and populate them with data yourself in Dreamweaver, it's not always the fastest way to get your data into your pages. If your table already exists in a Word or Excel document, you can simply import that file directly into Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver builds the table structure from the available data, leaving you to add any of the accessibility features or additional structure your table may require. It's the fastest, most efficient way to get data into Dreamweaver and into a table.

Importing tabular data

While it is perfectly acceptable to create tables and populate them with data yourself in Dreamweaver, it's not always the fastest way to get your data into your pages. If your table already exists in a Word or Excel document, you can simply import that file directly into Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver builds the table structure from the available data, leaving you to add any of the accessibility features or additional structure your table may require. It's the fastest, most efficient way to get data into Dreamweaver and into a table.

Now if you working on a windows machine, you can use the Import Word or Import Excel Document option to import straight from that program. On the Mac, you need to first save the file out as a comma, or tab-delimited file and then use the import tabular data option. Since import tabular data lets you import delimited files regardless of the program that they are originated from, we will use that method to bring our file into Dreamweaver. So here I have the tours_details_bigsur_ trails.htm file from the Tours folder.

This is the file that we are going to be using for the remainder of the chapter and it's a really long name. So I will probably just refer to it as the Trails file from this point forward. I am going to scroll down the page, and here we can see a list that includes the difficulty ratings for the hikes on our trails. Just below that is where we are going to import our table. So go ahead and place your cursor on a line blinking just below the list. You want to make sure you are still inside that mainArticle div tag. Now to import our table on the page, we are going to go up to the menu and we are going to go to File > Import > Tabular Data.

Now you will notice on my interface I also see the options for importing a Word or Excel document. If you are on a Mac, you are not going to see those. So it's a safe bet that you can bring on a comma or a tab-delimited file. So you could just use Word or Excel to go ahead and create that type of file and you will be fine. So I am going to say Import > Tabular Data and the first thing it's going to want to is browse out and find the files. So I am just going to hit Browse. So you want to browse to the 11_02 folder and go in the assets directory.

Now in the assets directory you are going to find an Excel spreadsheet and a text file. The text file is a tab-delimited file that has already been exported from the Excel spreadsheet. If you wanted to experiment bringing in the Excel spreadsheet, you can do that as well. I am going to click Open, and from the Delimiter type, I am going to choose Tab. Now if you're given this file from someone else, and they didn't tell you which one they were using, my advice will be to start with Tab and then afterwards try Comma. I mean there really aren't that many choices.

So you can pretty much just go down the list and you would be in good shape. Now after this, we have some very limited formatting options for the table that we are about to bring in. You will notice that this in no way gives us the same amount of choices that we had when we placed our table on the page earlier. So, for Table width, we are just going to have it fit to the data. For Cell spacing, padding and border, we are going to type in zero , and for formatting top row we are going to choose No formatting. Now the options there would be Bold, Italic, and Bold and Italic, which is pretty common for headers but we are going to be controlling that visual formatting through styles so we really don't want to do it through this dialog box.

I am going to go ahead and click OK and my table has been imported on the page. Now with the table selected, I am going to switch over to Code View, making sure I am looking at the source code, and we can see that we have brought in a very basic table in terms of its structure. There is a table tag, our table row tag, and additional table row tags. You will notice for example that the top row is not made up of table headers or tags. They are,in fact just table cell tags.

So we don't have those types of options as we are importing tabular data. We have to make those changes manually. They are not that hard to do however. I am going to switch back over to the Design View and I am going to highlight the first row. So Trail Name, Type, Length, Path, Elevation, and Rating. If I look down at my Properties Inspector, in addition to the regular HTML and CSS properties that I am used to seeing, I also see a section for the table row that I have highlighted. One of my options is to make everything within that table row a header cell.

I am going to go ahead and click that checkbox and now those are tags instead of td tags. For this table, I am going to do the exact same thing for the first column. So starting with Andrew Molera Loop all the way down to Vicente Flat Trail, I'm going to highlight those and again convert them to table headers. So now we have table header cells at the top of the table and we have table header cells on the left column of the table. Now our table doesn't look all that great right now, but what's important is that it is structured correctly and that the data is being presented in the right fashion.

Now we are going to style it later but before we get to that, we are going to explore what we can do to help make this table more accessible.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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