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Inserting submit buttons

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Video: Inserting submit buttons

Our form is for the most part finished and almost ready to go. Currently, however, it has nowhere to go anywhere. A well-structured and designed form is useless without a Submit button. Submit buttons are specialized form elements that tell the form to take the data that is collected and send it to the processing page. To finish the initial construction of our form, we're going to insert a Submit button. So again, I have the join.htm file open, this time from the 12_11 explorers directory, and scroll all the way down to the bottom of page.

Inserting submit buttons

Our form is for the most part finished and almost ready to go. Currently, however, it has nowhere to go anywhere. A well-structured and designed form is useless without a Submit button. Submit buttons are specialized form elements that tell the form to take the data that is collected and send it to the processing page. To finish the initial construction of our form, we're going to insert a Submit button. So again, I have the join.htm file open, this time from the 12_11 explorers directory, and scroll all the way down to the bottom of page.

You'll find the last form element we placed on the page, which is the Textarea. I'm going to place my cursor directly after that. Hit Return to create a brand-new paragraph. Okay, I am going to go up to my Insert panel. Almost dead in the middle of the Insert panel is a Button. Notice this is not labeled as a Submit button. It's just labeled as a Button. It kind of looks like a chiclet. You know, one of those little pieces of gum? Kind of looks like that. Go ahead and click on that to insert it. Again, our Input Tag Accessibility Attributes come up. Well, for ID, I'm going to type in submit, but for this, I don't want any label tag.

And look at that! Dreamweaver, it's almost like it can read my mind. Why did it know to do that? Well, Submit buttons don't need a label beside them. You're going to have some text on the button that instructs the user as to what's going to happen when the button gets pressed. So you don't really need a label on it. We are going to give it a Tab Index, however. This time, we're going to give it a Tab Index of 260. So we're going to go ahead and click OK. And there is our Submit button. That was so easy. Now, select it and we'll take a look at some of the properties that we can change. First, the Button name, that's the ID that we gave it.

We're going to leave that. But for the Value, I'm going to type in 'Join the Explorers!' So, this can say anything you want it to say. So make it so, Submit, Click Here, Click Me, Send an Email, whatever you want it to say. It's a good idea to make it little descriptive though. If you want to put a little oomph into it, so people get excited about clicking it, well, there is nothing wrong with that either. Now, you will notice out beside that we have three radio buttons that tell this button what it should do. A Submit form, Reset form and None.

A Submit form does exactly what you think it does. It collects all of the form data that's been filled in, in that form up to that point, and sends it to either the processing script or the processing page, wherever it's supposed to send that information. Reset the form is basically going to take all of the form elements that have already been filled out and it's going to clear them out. You may have seen some forms in the past that have the ability to reset the form. I'm not very high on that, because if somebody hits them by mistake, the chance of them going back up and filling out all that information again is pretty remote.

So I really don't like the whole clear form thing. Personal choice though. Then finally we have None. Now the None option, that may seem kind of strange, but what does is it simply strips out any default actions on this particular button. That's going to allow you to go in and through the use of JavaScript or some of the behaviors that Dreamweaver has, assign a different action to that button, such as navigation or something along those lines. So there you go! Our form is almost finished. There are just a few more things to do.

We need to give the user the ability to pick a username and a password for the site. Obviously, we need to address the styling of our form because it is still not a good-looking thing. Although, it's functional, it's not even close to being good-looking. But to make it fit the design of our site a little bit better and to help with the visual usability, which is just as important as a structural usability, we'll use cascading style sheets to restyle our form and form elements. And we'll do that next.

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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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