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Using the Quick Tag Editor

From: Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

Video: Using the Quick Tag Editor

In this video we want to take a look at selecting a tag and editing that tag, or wrapping content in a tag quickly without having to switch back and forth to different views or without having to do a lot of extra typing. So I want to take a look in Code View first. We are going to be working with the file that we had opened earlier, so I have still got my div with the wrapper id here, and if you don't that, you can just open a blank file and create this pretty quickly and pretty easily. So I am just going to go ahead and enter in some additional content. So let's type in 'New content goes here.' Well, what if I wanted this actually inside of another div tag with a totally different id? It would be pretty easy for me to go ahead and type in opening and closing div tag, but there is actually a much quicker and easier way of doing this. If I highlight the text, you will note that in the Code toolbar over here, another one of our Code toolbar elements lights up. It looks like a little pencil on top of a tag, and this is the Quick Tag Editor. If you hover over it, it's going to say Wrap Tag, because that's what it does here in Code View. It helps you quickly and easily wrap tags around content. So if I were to click this, you will notice that the Wrap Tag dialog box comes up, and its, what tag do you want to wrap this with. Well, we will wrap it with another div tag, and we will go ahead and give it another id, I will just call this content. So you see all of your code hinting is available to you right here inside the Wrap Tag dialog box. When I hit Return, it just goes ahead and wraps a tag around it, which is really, really cool. Of course, you could go ahead and wrap another tag around New content goes here. Maybe you want that to be inside of a paragraph. So you could go do that again, but there is a keyboard shortcut for this and the keyboard shortcut works both here in Code View and in Design view, so it's really handy to know. So if I do Command+T, that brings Wrap Tag back around again, and I can just go down and hit P to get on the Paragraph tag. When I hit Enter -- and you have to hit Enter twice, because you are selecting it from the menu and then you are confirming that choice, you will notice that now my content is now wrapped in a Paragraph tag as well. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that in Design View, because we are not always going to be coding, and sometimes we will need to really quickly edit and work with these tags. So if I switch back over to Design View, you want to do that real quickly. So we will switch over to Design View. You can see on the page our 'New content goes here' and if you look at the Tag Selector down in the bottom left hand corner, you can see that we are inside of a paragraph, inside those two div tags. Once again, let's say I select the word New, and if I hit Command+T, there is my Wrap Tag dialog box and I could wrap that in em tag.

Using the Quick Tag Editor

In this video we want to take a look at selecting a tag and editing that tag, or wrapping content in a tag quickly without having to switch back and forth to different views or without having to do a lot of extra typing. So I want to take a look in Code View first. We are going to be working with the file that we had opened earlier, so I have still got my div with the wrapper id here, and if you don't that, you can just open a blank file and create this pretty quickly and pretty easily. So I am just going to go ahead and enter in some additional content. So let's type in 'New content goes here.' Well, what if I wanted this actually inside of another div tag with a totally different id? It would be pretty easy for me to go ahead and type in opening and closing div tag, but there is actually a much quicker and easier way of doing this. If I highlight the text, you will note that in the Code toolbar over here, another one of our Code toolbar elements lights up. It looks like a little pencil on top of a tag, and this is the Quick Tag Editor. If you hover over it, it's going to say Wrap Tag, because that's what it does here in Code View. It helps you quickly and easily wrap tags around content. So if I were to click this, you will notice that the Wrap Tag dialog box comes up, and its, what tag do you want to wrap this with. Well, we will wrap it with another div tag, and we will go ahead and give it another id, I will just call this content. So you see all of your code hinting is available to you right here inside the Wrap Tag dialog box. When I hit Return, it just goes ahead and wraps a tag around it, which is really, really cool. Of course, you could go ahead and wrap another tag around New content goes here. Maybe you want that to be inside of a paragraph. So you could go do that again, but there is a keyboard shortcut for this and the keyboard shortcut works both here in Code View and in Design view, so it's really handy to know. So if I do Command+T, that brings Wrap Tag back around again, and I can just go down and hit P to get on the Paragraph tag. When I hit Enter -- and you have to hit Enter twice, because you are selecting it from the menu and then you are confirming that choice, you will notice that now my content is now wrapped in a Paragraph tag as well. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that in Design View, because we are not always going to be coding, and sometimes we will need to really quickly edit and work with these tags. So if I switch back over to Design View, you want to do that real quickly. So we will switch over to Design View. You can see on the page our 'New content goes here' and if you look at the Tag Selector down in the bottom left hand corner, you can see that we are inside of a paragraph, inside those two div tags. Once again, let's say I select the word New, and if I hit Command+T, there is my Wrap Tag dialog box and I could wrap that in em tag.

Now, what's really interesting about that is that the Quick Tag Editor is found in so many different places. Take a look at your Properties inspector, and when you click inside the word New, for example, and you look on the Properties inspector, and our Property inspector is -- there we go. We had part of it hidden there by the Files panel, but the very right hand edge you are going to find the Quick Tag Editor button or icon. If I click on that, you will notice it says, okay, did you want to insert some HTML on the page? So it actually gives us a little bit more functionality here than it does in Code View, because in Code View, obviously you can do all this by Hand-coding, but if you are in Design View and you want to edit your HTML, this offers you a much broader arena for that. So if I am actually inside of a tag; so let me go ahead and click back inside our New content goes here, and I click, it says, do you want to insert some HTML here? So it's not saying, do you want to wrap a tag around this? Now, if I go down to my actual Tag Selector and click on the em tag, if I go and click on the Quick Tag Editor now, it's like, oh, do you want to edit this em tag? So I could actually replace this, for example, with a strong tag instead. So this is a strong tag now instead of an em tag. It will still wrap text, but in order to do that you have to actually highlight the code. You click it again, and this time, you will notice that Wrap Tag comes up, and I can type in an em tag for that. So depending upon what you are focused on, whether you click inside of text, whether you have a tag selected, or whether you have a sequence of text selected, it's going to give you multiple options, so you can use that on the Properties inspector, or there is one more location where you can find it, and I will highlight the word, goes.

If you go down to your Tag Selector, right down here on the bottom, you can actually right click, which is Ctrl+ Click on the Mac, or if you have a two button mouse, you just want to right click, and you can access the Quick Tag Editor right there. Whatever tag you are inside of, it comes up and allows you to edit that, so I could add a class to all those paragraphs and I can just call it new. So that's the process of quickly editing and working with tags both in Code and Design View. A lot of those techniques will really speed up the process of modifying or adding existing code to the page. Our next video will be on using the Find and Replace feature and seeing some of the more advanced things we can do to quickly make edits throughout the entire site.

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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

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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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