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Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Styling the main container and the panels


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Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Styling the main container and the panels

Now we're going to set some CSS properties for the panels. So in the index.html file in Dreamweaver, let's come over to the CSS Styles panel. Let's create a new CSS rule. Make sure we've select a Compound, .sp .panel_container. Let's choose OK. Let's go over to Background. We'll set the Background-color to white.

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Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver
1h 6m Intermediate Oct 11, 2012

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A tabbed panel interface is a classic feature to incorporate in your website design, but they're usually static elements. This course shows how to build a dynamic sliding tabbed panel from scratch using a combination of HTML, CSS, jQuery, and the tools in Dreamweaver. Author Chris Converse leads you through the process from start to finish, from building the containers to styling the text, tab, and panels, and adding click events to make the tabs interactive. He also shows how to incorporate progressive enhancement techniques, so visitors who don't have JavaScript, for example, can still access the content.

Topics include:
  • Creating the main panel and tab containers
  • Adding content to the containers
  • Adding CSS styles to the text and tabs
  • Adding the jQuery $(document).ready() function
  • Assigning click events to the tabs
  • Setting an autostart on page load
  • Creating custom graphics for the panels
  • Assigning custom classes to the HTML elements
  • Reassigning CSS rules with JavaScript
Subjects:
Developer Web Web Design Projects Web Development
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Styling the main container and the panels

Now we're going to set some CSS properties for the panels. So in the index.html file in Dreamweaver, let's come over to the CSS Styles panel. Let's create a new CSS rule. Make sure we've select a Compound, .sp .panel_container. Let's choose OK. Let's go over to Background. We'll set the Background-color to white.

Let's come over to Positioning. Inside of here we're going to set the Positioning to relative. We're going to set the Z-Index to 100. That's one number less than what we set the tabs to, so that the tabs will actually be on top of the panel container. Let's come down to Overflow, set that to hidden. So as the panels slide inside of the container, we don't actually see them on the right and left-hand side. They're look like they're clipped in. Let's come over to the Box properties. Let's uncheck Same for all from Margin and for Margin Top, we're going to say negative 1 at the top margin. That'll actually take the panel container and move it up 1 pixel.

And again, since it Z-Index is lower than the tabs, it'll actually tuck the panel container underneath the tabs by 1 pixel. And then lastly, let's come over to Border, keep checked Same for all for Width, Style and Color. For Top, let's come down and choose solid. For the Width we'll set 1 pixel, and for the Color, pound and three Cs and click OK. Next let's create another rule. We're going to target the panel content. Compound rule. Tyep .sp .panel_container .panel .panel_content. Let's choose OK.

What we're going to set in here under the Box properties Padding for all, let's just set 15 pixels. Then we'll click OK. And you can see a little bit of space showing up here in Dreamweaver's Design view once we add that property. Now to test what we have so far, let's come upto the File menu. We can choose Save All. You can preview this in browser or use Dreamweaver's Live view. I'm going to click on Live view here. Now I can see the tabs showing up here. I can see the panel container, which is actually overlapping the one pixel here, which is what's giving us that nice clean single-pixel division between the tabs and the content container.

Then I can see all of the panels spaced out, and I can see the container actually extends down to encompass all three panels. So with that working, let's come out with of Live view or come back to Dreamweaver. Back in the index.html file, let's create two more rules. First rule we're going to create, it's going to be a compound rule: .sp .panel_container .panels. I'm going to target the panels container that's holding all the individual panels. Let's choose OK.

Let's come down to Positioning. We're going to set Position to absolute and we're going to set a top value of 0 pixels for Placement, and click OK. Let's create another rule, another compound rule, .sp .panel_container .panel, singular. We're going to target all of the individual panels themselves. Let's click OK.

Let's come over to positioning. We're going to set Position to absolute. Let's come over to the Box properties. Let's set the height to 400. Then we'll click OK. Now when we come up and preview in browser or do Live view, the panels should disappear completely. So what's happening here is the panel container is condensing down because the elements inside have absolute position properties and in order for us to open this up, we're going to query the height of individual panels and open the panel container using JavaScript.

So, at this point we have all of our CSS in place for our basic panel. In the next movie, we'll start writing some JavaScript to target these elements and activate the panel's behavior.

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