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Reviewing the Coding toolbar


Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

with James Williamson

Video: Reviewing the Coding toolbar

So our first chapter is going to be focusing on workflow and maybe speeding up the process of working inside the Dreamweaver interface. The first thing we will take a look at is the Coding toolbar. I am just going to open up a brand new HTML file. I will do that by clicking on the Create New HTML on the Welcome Screen. Of course, you are free to go up to the menu or hit Command+N or Ctrl+N, if you would like. So we have got a blank file opened up here. You will notice that I am in Code View. If your view opens up in either Design View or Split Screen View, just go ahead and switch over to Code View for this example.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 41s
    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 39s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 15s
  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 34s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 44s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 13s
    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 20s
    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 47s
    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 22s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 42s
    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 23s
    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 33s
    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 38s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 43s
    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 51s
    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 13s
    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 38s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 6s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 41s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 31s
    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 8s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 11s
    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 5s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye

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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
James Williamson

Reviewing the Coding toolbar

So our first chapter is going to be focusing on workflow and maybe speeding up the process of working inside the Dreamweaver interface. The first thing we will take a look at is the Coding toolbar. I am just going to open up a brand new HTML file. I will do that by clicking on the Create New HTML on the Welcome Screen. Of course, you are free to go up to the menu or hit Command+N or Ctrl+N, if you would like. So we have got a blank file opened up here. You will notice that I am in Code View. If your view opens up in either Design View or Split Screen View, just go ahead and switch over to Code View for this example.

Now, on the left hand side of the screen, right beside the code, you are going to see a series of icons. This is the Code toolbar, and you may or may not have used this before, because we are now into our second release of Dreamweaver with the Coding toolbar. Each one of these icons, if you just hover over them, like I will hover over the top one here, you can see it actually gives you a little tooltip, like Open Documents, Collapse Full Tag, Collapse Selection. It will give you a hit as to what that particular object or icon will do for you.

So let's explore a couple of these, specifically I am going to focus on some that I used myself all the time inside Dreamweaver. So I find them extremely helpful. So the first thing we are going to take a look at is the Parent Tag Selector. I think you are going to find this extremely helpful, especially when your pages get a little bit more complex. So our page is extremely basic right now, it's a brand new page. There is nothing in it. So let's add just a little bit of code. So I am going to get in the body tag and I am just going to go ahead and add a div tag, and I will just go ahead and give that a wrapper id. I mean that's kind of standard these days, putting a wrapper id around everything. I will throw another div tag in, and I will just give it an id of something like content. Then let's just do an h1 tag real quick. Inside the h1 tag, I will just type in 'this is a headline.' Of course, we need to go back and close out content div tag. You want to make sure everybody is close there.

So I have got a basic structure here of a container div tag, another div tag inside of that with an id of content, and then a heading. Even though this is fairly simple, sometimes, let's say I click inside my heading, and maybe I want to know who is this inside of. That's especially important for pages that are a little bit more complex. Well, if I go up to the Select Parent Tag icon, it's about the fourth or fifth one down, click on that. Because I was actually inside the text of the headline, it actually selects the h1 tag. You will notice it selects the entire tag and its contents. If I click again, I now get the content tag. Click one more time. I get the wrapper tag. Of course, the body tag is considered part of the page, so if I click again, the body tag becomes the parent tag. You can then go all the way up to the html tag if you would like to. So you can just keep going up the tree. Now as nice as that icon is, there is actually a keyboard shortcut that allows us to do that as well. So if I click back inside the headline and I use the Command+Left bracket, that selects the parent tag. And I click it again and I just go right up the tree again. If you are on the PC, obviously that would be Ctrl+Left bracket. There is actually one that allows us to go down the tree too, and it's Command+Right bracket or Ctrl+Right bracket, but I need to be in Design View for that to work. So if I switch back over to Design View, let's say I click inside the heading again, and notice that my parent tag short key works here. I am hitting Command+Left bracket to go up the parent tag. If you look down below the document window at the Status Bar down here, we have what's known as the Tag Selector, and we will talk a little bit more about the Tag Selector later, but the Tag Selector lets you know exactly which element you have selected. You can see right now, I have the wrapper div tag, and inside that I have the content div tag, and inside of that, of course, I have the h1. So if I use the other shortcut key, which is Ctrl+Right bracket or Command+Right bracket, you can see I am walking right back down the directory structure to go right back down the headline. So I can actually in Design View, use those keyboard shortcuts, probably a little bit more effectively than I can in Code View, because in Code View I have the icons available to me. So those work just fine. I am going to switch back over to Code View now. I want to take a second to talk about these three icons right up here, where we can Collapse and Expand code. Now, the page I am working on isn't complex enough to really show these accurately, so what I am going to do is I am going to close this file. And I am not worried about saving it obviously. If you are following along with me with the example files, we are going to open up inside the Chapter 1 directory. We are going to open up index.htm. So I am going to double click on that to open that up. If you are not following along with the example files, you can just open up one of your own files, or you can open up one of the templates that has their structure to it. Just to review this page really quickly here. If I go back to Design View, you can see that we have the front page, the index page, of the Cheek Chastain Gallery, and there is a lot of sections to this. So there are a lot of interior div tags, and obviously inside of this interior div tags we have a lot of individual content. So occasionally, I might want to work on something specifically. For example, this section right here in front where it says Featured Painting, maybe I need to update that, for example. So if I switch back over to Code View, it's actually in a section of code called featured.

I will find that just below the header. So I am going to scroll down to find that. There it is. So it's on about line 38. So let's say I just want to work on featured and nobody else. I have got all this code going on here. Just having to scroll down just then was sort of distracting. So I can highlight the featured div tag. You will notice that, again, if you hover over these, you will see it says Collapse Full Tag, but you will notice also it says, Press Option to collapse outside of the tag. So if I hold down the Option key/Alt key on the PC and click that, notice that every other line of text is collapsed down and the featured div tag is still out and I can work on it. It sort of isolates that content. Now once you do this, if you need to expand any of those other areas, let's say we have a document type declaration up here, all the head code and all the code above it, if I double click on that, it expands that text back out again. Of course, if you have a lot of collapsed code and you need to expand it out quickly, we do have an icon right here for Expand All. If I click that, that's going to expand everybody, as you can see. Now, one thing about collapsing code is that Dreamweaver remembers the sections that you had collapsed. So I am going to go up into the head section, or I am right there now, so you can do this along with me or find another section of code, but perhaps I don't need to work on my embedded styles at all, and I just need to get them out of the way. Let's say you have got a big JavaScript file here or something. So I am going to go ahead and collapse this section. You can see that it just goes ahead and collapses it out. If I close the file, you notice I haven't really changed anything, so I don't need to save it, but if I close it and I open it back up again, you can see that that code remains collapsed. So that can be really advantageous. You have got some sections of your code that you are not going to pay a lot of attention to. You maybe do a script tag and you throw some JavaScript inside there that's taking up a good bit of space and causing you to scroll up and down a lot. You can just go ahead and collapse that down. Dreamweaver will remember that you have collapsed that tag and it will continue to keep it collapsed, which is really nice. Now, obviously there are more objects and icons over here than just the ones we have been looking at, and we will be using them all throughout our examples. So what I will do real quick is I will just expand this back out, so that all of our code is expanded again. Now, that's just a brief overview of a couple of these icons.

As we go through our chapters, we will be using a lot of these guys. So instead of going through every single one of these, we will look at them as we begin to use them. Now, there is something else that we can do with the Coding toolbar and that really goes into Dreamweaver's very open architecture, and that is the ability to customize it. Customizing the Coding toolbar allows you to choose exactly which icons are showing up over here and which ones are not. There is actually a set of icons that, by default, is not visible within the Coding toolbar, and I actually find a couple of them very helpful. So that's a brief overview of the Coding toolbar, and in our next movie, we will actually show you how to customize the Coding toolbar.

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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
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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