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Inserting radio button groups

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Video: Inserting radio button groups

Although you can insert radio buttons individually, the most efficient way to place radio buttons in your forms is by using Dreamweaver's radio groups. Radio buttons by their very nature are grouped together and only allow for one choice. By using radio groups you skip the process of having to group the radio buttons together yourself, as well as the pain of having to add them one at a time. So here I have the join.htm file open from the 12_09 Explorer's directory and I'm going to scroll down through my form and find the very last checkbox, which would be Taste of California, and then hit Return to create a paragraph just above that.

Inserting radio button groups

Although you can insert radio buttons individually, the most efficient way to place radio buttons in your forms is by using Dreamweaver's radio groups. Radio buttons by their very nature are grouped together and only allow for one choice. By using radio groups you skip the process of having to group the radio buttons together yourself, as well as the pain of having to add them one at a time. So here I have the join.htm file open from the 12_09 Explorer's directory and I'm going to scroll down through my form and find the very last checkbox, which would be Taste of California, and then hit Return to create a paragraph just above that.

There I am going to type in 'How many Explore California tours have you been on?' All right, and I am going to hit Return to go down to the next line and that is where we are going to insert our radio group. So again instead of a label, that paragraph is going to act more as a sub-heading. All right, I am going to go up to my Insert panel, look at my Form objects, and I have two choices for radio buttons. I can insert a single radio button or I can insert a radio group. And that is what we are going to do. So you are going to go up and select the radio grouping icon, which is right beside the single radio button, and when you do that,you get a brand dialog box that comes up.

Now you'll notice that we did not see the Accessibility dialog box. That's one of the trade- offs for doing a radio group. We're going to have to go back in and manually add things like Tab Index. That's not that difficult and I am actually going to show you a technique is going to allow you to do that without having to go into Code View. Okay so we need to name this radio group and I am going to name it tours. So when the form is submitted, whatever choice somebody makes in from this group, the form data will say tours = whatever somebody has chosen. So that's why we're going ahead and giving this a name.

All right, our first label is going to be none and the value for that is going to be 0. So the label is what someone is going to see out beside the radio group. The value is what's going to be submitted with the form. In the case of our form, our values, we're just making them up, but if somebody is creating the form processing for you, you may want to make sure that whatever value you are adding there is sufficient for what they're doing or they may even have a set of values for you. All right on the next line, I am going to go ahead and type in 1-3. The value for that is going to be few.

Now to add more radio buttons, all I have to do is click the plus symbol up here and the next radio button is going to be 4-6. We're going to categorize those guys as strong customers, so the value for that is going to be strong, and then finally one more, and you may have to scroll to see it after you've added it. But that one is going to be 7 with the plus symbol beside it for the label and then the value for that is going to be heavy. So they would be a heavy user of the Explore California tours. Now when you place these on the page, Dreamweaver wants to know, should I go ahead and arrange them within a table, which is sort of the older way of doing it, or should I just go ahead and use line breaks? Now we're not actually going to use the structure that Dreamweaver is going to give us at all and the easiest structure to get rid of would be line breaks.

So we're going to go ahead and click OK and just place our radio buttons right up there on the page. So there you can see we have none, 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8, and I really should have been inconsistent there. So you are free to go in and change those labels and type in whatever you'd like at any point in time. Now I mentioned before that we need to do the tab indexing ourself. I want to show you a very quick and easy way to do that. If I select a radio button or really any object that I have on my page, and if I want to access the code of that particular object, all I have to do is bring up the Quick Tag Editor.

The Quick Tag Editor allows you to edit code from within Design View and can be a huge timesaver. To bring up the Quick Tag Editor, you use the hot key Ctrl+T or Command+T. That's going to bring up our Quick Tag Editor and you can see we're editing this particular tag. What I am going to do is add a tabindex to this and I am going to add a tabindex to the first one of 200. I need to do that for each of these. So in order I am going to select them, hit Ctrl+T or Command+T to bring up the Quick Tag Editor, and to add an attribute, the easiest way to do this, go to the very last attribute, place your cursor right beside the quotation mark, and hit Space.

You will see some code hinting come up. When I hit T, it will jump down to tabindex and then I can hit Return. It will finish it, add the equals, and place my cursor right inside the quotation marks. I can just type in 210 for the second one, hit Return, and I'm done. So please take advantage of code hinting while you are doing this because it's just going to speed up that process. It's also going to make sure that the syntax is correct. So I am going to do that for the next one and here I want to do a tabindex of 220, there we go. And we got one last one to go and this one I am going to give it a tabindex of 230. Okay, here we go.

So 200, 210, 220, 230, and there we go. Now I mentioned before that we didn't need the structure. So we've got one last task to do and that is to get rid of the line breaks. The easiest way to do this is through code. So I want to go ahead and just highlight all of those elements and then switch to Split View so I can see both the Code and the Design View at the same time. And if you have never seen a line break tag before, this is that tag. It is a self-closing tag. It's just a br with the forward slash. There is no opening or closing tags.

And what you need to do is find the br tag between each of these radio buttons and just go ahead and get rid of it. Just go ahead and delete it. You don't necessarily have to delete the line like I am doing. I just like to keep my code nice and organized, but I'm going to go ahead and get rid of that line break tag between those guys. There you should have three line breaks and actually there is a fourth kind of hidden in the last one. So four line breaks in there, there you go. Do a Save All, and now when I switch back over to Design View I can see they're all in the same line. So that's what you are looking for. You want all of those guys to be on the same line, perfect! So as you can see sometimes we have to modify our code.

One of the easiest ways to do that is through the Quick Tag Editor. Dreamweaver makes that very simple for us, but there's nothing wrong with occasionally having to go into Code View and take care of things yourself. What I do hope that this illustrates for you is that you must make sure that the proper attributes are being used and not take it for granted the Dreamweaver is going to do that for you. Now we are almost finished with our form. Next up, we're going to give users the option of submitting a comment by using a Textarea form element.

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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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