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Using the Spry widgets

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Using the Spry table is great for displaying information sets but if we want to display a large amount of information on one place using one of the Spry widgets would be a better choice. Spry widgets are great for displaying complex data sets or adding additional user interactivity. We will use our Accordion widget to display our images, our painting descriptions and our artist notes. So before we add our Accordion widget to the page, let's take a look at some of the other widgets that we can use. I am going to go up to the Insert toolbar and I am going to make sure I am on Spry widgets. The first Spry widget is the Spry menu bar and the Spry widgets are grouped together on the right hand side and they all have a blue icon look-and-feel to them. So the first one is a Spry menu bar, which will give us sort of flyout menus; the second one is the Spry tabbed panels and it has a set of panels that we can tab through to display information.

Using the Spry widgets

Using the Spry table is great for displaying information sets but if we want to display a large amount of information on one place using one of the Spry widgets would be a better choice. Spry widgets are great for displaying complex data sets or adding additional user interactivity. We will use our Accordion widget to display our images, our painting descriptions and our artist notes. So before we add our Accordion widget to the page, let's take a look at some of the other widgets that we can use. I am going to go up to the Insert toolbar and I am going to make sure I am on Spry widgets. The first Spry widget is the Spry menu bar and the Spry widgets are grouped together on the right hand side and they all have a blue icon look-and-feel to them. So the first one is a Spry menu bar, which will give us sort of flyout menus; the second one is the Spry tabbed panels and it has a set of panels that we can tab through to display information.

We have the Accordion, which we will be using, and that gives you panels which will open and close and animate as the user clicks on the tabs. And we have a collapsible panel that is like the Accordion widget with just one panel. I am going to go to my content and I want to click to insert my cursor prior to the artist note. You want your cursor blinking before the artist note and make sure you don't get the quotation mark as well. I am going to hit Return or Enter so that I create a blank line for my Spry Accordion widget and I will place my cursor up there and I am going to go up and click on Insert > Spry Accordion Widget.

So I will just click that one time. And wherever your cursor is that's where your Accordion widget is going to be. Now I am going to scroll down a little bit so that I can see my Accordion widget and you can see that the default behavior is to insert two panels initially. Well, we need three panels. So I am going to use the Properties inspector to help add a panel. You will notice that right now that we have panels that say Label 1 and Label 2. So I am going to click on the Label 2 panel. That shows us another interesting behavior about using the Properties inspector. Actually getting inside these panels and editing their content can seem to be a little bit difficult. If you are having trouble selecting one of the tabs or one of the panels and then exposing its content, you can use the Properties inspector. You simply click on the Label name and that label will expand.

We need to add a panel. So I am going to select Label 2 so that it adds a panel below those second label and I am going to click the plus symbol and it will go ahead and add another panel. So notice we have Labels 1, Labels 2 and Labels 3. Now Label 1, Label 2 and Label 3 and that's not all that descriptive. So we are going to go ahead and change those. You can change them simply by clicking on them and highlighting them. So edit them the same way you would edit any other text. Label 1, I am going to change to image and while we are doing this, let's go ahead and format this as well.

We have got some CSS styles that are going to drive how this looks and feels. So I am going to click inside that Image Label and using the Properties inspector I am going to format that as a Heading 4. I am going to highlight Label 2 and Label 2's label will be Painting Information and finally Label 3 will be a Note from the Artist. So that's a little bit more descriptive than we had before. Don't forget to go back and format each of those as a Heading 4. So we want to format each of those as Heading 4.

Okay, let's save our file. So save our position and remember and remember we are working in the current exercise file and it's found in the Chapter 5 exercise files. Now that we have our labels assigned it's time to add content to our page. We will start with a Note from the Artist because it will be one of the easiest ones for us to do. A Note from the Artist isn't going to change; it's not going to be dynamic and we don't need to display anything from our recordset. So we just need our artist notes. So I am going to scroll down and highlight the copy below our Accordion panel and I am going to cut that. Be sure to delete any extra empty paragraphs that might be down there and you might need to do that in Code View but I am going to scroll back up. I will highlight in panel number 3 where it says content three. Now if you can't see panel number three, remember you can click inside of whatever panel you have got, you can click on the div tag for the Accordion 1 to select it and then use the Properties inspector to click on the label and Note from the Artist and this content up here.

So I will highlight Content 3 and we will go ahead and paste that inside. Now that panel holds the note from the artist. Now there is an easier way to edit these panes individually. I need to place the painting information into Pane number 2. If I hover over that tab, notice that there is a visibility icon that shows up on the far right hand side. I am going to mouse over that and click on it and now that tab will expand so that I can see and modify it's contents. I will highlight the textContent2 and I will delete that to empty out my pane. This time I do need to grab information form my data set. So make sure you can see your Bindings panel. If you can't, it's in the Applications panel group.

You just open up Bindings and make sure that it's extended so that you can see all of them and I may even just sort of expand my Source column over so I can see this and what I am looking for is I am looking for the description. Now if you select that, notice that there is a button down at the bottom right hand corner of the Bindings panel where you can insert this. So if you are in a really tight situation or if your cursor is blinking exactly where you want it, you might want to go ahead and do that. But you can also drag and drop and that's what I am going to do here. So I am going to select Description and I am simply going to drag it into that pane and release.

And I should see dsShow::description. So it's telling me, it's the dsShow record description. Now I will go to Image and I will click on that and it's not a bad idea in some instances to go ahead and place placeholder information. So what I am going to do is inside this panel, I am going to highlight Content 1 and I am going to type in Image and then underneath that, I am going to type in Media and then type in a space and then I am going to add a pipe character and then I am going to type in the word Date and I am going to highlight Date and I am going to surround date with em tags by going down to the Property inspector and clicking on a Italic.

So I am formatting this information before I actually put the data inside there. I am going to highlight the word Media and this is one of those times where you might want to use the Insert button rather than dragging and dropping. I am going to go to my dsShow, select Media and choose Insert. You'll notice that the previous text is now replaced with the braces that say dsShow and then @Media. I am going to highlight Date, click on the @Date and we will choose Insert and that should insert that inside the em tags. So if you still don't see that italicized you might want to go to Code View and make sure that that code is inside the em tags.

Now if I switch over to the Code View I can actually see my em tags and then there is the curly braces, {dsShow::Add date}, so I am going to switch back to Design View. We are now ready to put our image on the page and we can certainly drag the image@URL over that would display textually the path to the image and that's not what we are looking for. So we have to go about this in a slightly different fashion. So let's go ahead and highlight the text image and I am going to replace that with an actual image and I will do that by going up to my Insert toolbar and I will click on my Common toolbar and I want to choose the Insert Image icon.

So I am going to just grab that pulldown and choose Image and I could have gone to the Insert menu and choose Insert > Image as well. Now typically when you do this you are going to browse to find the image you are looking for. Only we are not going to browse. So we don't actually want to look for an individual image because we are going to be grabbing the image from a data source. So at the very bottom on the Mac, you are going to find a little button down here that says Select File Name From Data Sources. Now on the PC this choice is going to appear at the top of the Browse menu. So you won't find it down here; you will find it up top. So click on Data Sources and your dynamic data comes up. Now we only have one data source defined so that's what we see. I am going to choose image@url and we are not going to format this anyway. We don't need to format it in terms of currency or anything like that. So I will click OK. And I could go ahead and give this alt text and I am just going to go ahead and type in placeholder and that will be my placeholder alt text and then I click OK.

Now the image shows up on the page and if yours did not replace the text like mine did not, just go ahead and delete that text. Now again I am going to select the image and go into Code View and see what it actually did for me and you can see that this is dsShow image and then the Alt tag. Now we really don't need the data source, so I am going to go back to Design View and save the file. Now we are not ready to preview this yet because right now we haven't really established any type of relationship between this data and the data in the table and that's what we will do in our next exercise.

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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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