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Understanding behaviors


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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

with James Williamson

Video: Understanding behaviors

In this chapter, we will examine extending Dreamweaver's functionality by creating and deploying a custom behavior. Dreamweaver's Behaviors panel contains built-in JavaScript behaviors that help us in enhancing our page's functionality. Now if you have used Dreamweaver for any time at all, chances are you have probably already used a behavior. If you are following along with the example files with me, I am going to open up the index.htm example in the chapter9 folder. In order to see a list of behaviors, we have to have a specific type of element selected. So I am just going to click on any one of the links at the top of the page and I am going to open up the Tag inspector panel group. That's where we find our Behaviors panel. If you don't see it or if you don't see the Tag inspector group, you can go up to Windows and just choose Behaviors.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 42s
    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 40s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 16s
  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 35s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 45s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 14s
    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 22s
    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 48s
    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 23s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 43s
    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 24s
    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 34s
    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 40s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 44s
    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 52s
    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 14s
    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 39s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 9s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 42s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 32s
    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 9s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 12s
    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 6s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics
11h 10m Intermediate Sep 21, 2007

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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
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Understanding behaviors

In this chapter, we will examine extending Dreamweaver's functionality by creating and deploying a custom behavior. Dreamweaver's Behaviors panel contains built-in JavaScript behaviors that help us in enhancing our page's functionality. Now if you have used Dreamweaver for any time at all, chances are you have probably already used a behavior. If you are following along with the example files with me, I am going to open up the index.htm example in the chapter9 folder. In order to see a list of behaviors, we have to have a specific type of element selected. So I am just going to click on any one of the links at the top of the page and I am going to open up the Tag inspector panel group. That's where we find our Behaviors panel. If you don't see it or if you don't see the Tag inspector group, you can go up to Windows and just choose Behaviors.

It's just about halfway down the list. So we see the plus symbol that indicates adding a behavior and I will click on that and you can see all the behaviors that are in there. Open up browser windows, setting text, swapping images out, creating rollovers, and things like that. So the chances are you have probably already used at least one of these behaviors in your own development. So while Dreamweaver has an extensive set of built-in behaviors, there are going to be tasks from time to time that you wish you had a behavior for but you just don't. Now when this happens, the first thing to do is to search Adobe's Dreamweaver Exchange to see if the behavior has already been created. Many times the functionality you are looking for will already exist.

So, there are a lot of ways to search the Exchange. You will notice that in the Behaviors pulldown menu, right down at the bottom, there is Get More Behaviors. We could also -- I am going to click off of this real quick. We could also go up to the Help menu and then in the Help menu, you can browse right to Dreamweaver's Exchange right there. So I am going to click that and if you have an Internet connection, it will browse up to Adobe's web site and go to the Exchange. Choosing to browse for extensions will take you to Adobe's Exchange beta site. The behaviors are where the extensions for our Dreamweaver and Flash and all of Adobe's products are going to be listed. So where it says in Exchange My Product, I am going to click on Dreamweaver and that will navigate me to the Dreamweaver Exchange. Now the first thing we see on the Exchange is all these categories. So, if you are looking for a specific thing, like I want to add some functionality to my Chastain's style sheets or I want to add some functionality to creating tables or styling tables, you can actually search by that feature.

Not all of the behaviors are free. Some of the extensions are shareware, some of them are freeware, and some of them you have to actually pay to be able to install. So when we are looking for things, we have this nice little filtering options box that when I open it up, it says "Okay, what category do you want to search by and what license type?" So I am going to go ahead and search Freeware and for category, I am just going to go ahead and say Productivity and I will just filter that out. I will scroll down, and you see we have a table populated with all these extensions.

Sitemap, everyday, set collation, an XML tag library. Some of these you are going to love and some of them you probably just won't have a use for. So that's one of the great things about just browsing. You can often find a lot of extensions that you wouldn't have normally been looking for but say "Hey, that's really cool." So, you can see their availability, whether you can download them, you can see their size, and whether they are available for both Windows and Mac. You can see how many times that extension has been downloaded, what's its rating is. So when you download one of these, you an come back and give it a rating and you see the rating of it and the date when it was submitted. Now I am going to search for one of my favorite extensions. So if you are having a hard time finding something by category, you can search by just subject matter. I am going up to Search the Exchange in the upper right-hand corner and then I am just going to type in 'dummy text'. When I am creating my websites, oftentimes for clients, I will just need to mockup a layout and when I do that, I end up generating a lot of my own dummy text where you are just sort of typing in random nonsense.

So there is this really cool extension and if I scroll down in the search results I can find it, and it is called the 'Lorem Ipsum Generator' and it has been around for a while. It has been around since 2004 but it is fantastic. It is freeware, so it is free and it is going to just fill a certain DIV tag or a table cell with just randomly generated text. So I am going to go ahead and download this and when you click Download, you might give a security warning or two and one of the things you are going to need to do in order to download any of these extensions is to have an Adobe ID.

So if you don't have an Adobe ID, you are going to need to go ahead and create an account. I have an account, so I am going to go ahead and sign in. Once you have signed in, you will see a download license page. There is a lot of legalese here to make sure that you understand what you are downloading and you have got to scroll all the way down to the bottom of it and when you get down to the bottom of it, you can click Accept. It is going to ask me where I want to save this and notice that it is a specific file type. It is an MXP and that is an extension that has been packaged that we can manage with our Extensions Manager. I am just going to tell it to save to disk. I will click OK and it is going to download it and it is really small so it doesn't take it long to download.

So now that we have downloaded our extension, we are ready to go ahead and install it and in our next exercise, we will use Adobe's Extensions Manager to add this functionality to Dreamweaver.

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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
left;
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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