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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.
Now, that we have built a template with some repeating regions, let's take advantage of them. We are going to rebuild our artist page based on our template and we will use our repeating region to build out our list of artist. So we need to create a new page based off of our template and we can just go to File and choose New and we will say Page From Template from the left-hand side of the New Document dialog box and again, we have our cheek artist and our cheek main, so we will choose Cheek Artist and we will click Create, and we have a brand new page.
Now, let's do a save and we are just going to overwrite our existing artist page. So in the starting directory, you just want to call this Artists, remember the plural, .HTM and if it's setup to use a different extension, make sure you use HTM there, we'll go ahead and hit Save. It will say Hey! Do you want to replace this? And we say yes, we do. Now, not a lot is going to change on this page. I mean the artist remains the same, the banner graphic remains the same, even the artist text remains the same. But if we scroll down, we find our repeating regions, and the first artist listed is Aimee Hutchins and although she is our first artist, we have a lot of other artists that need to be listed here.
So notice that right next to the Repeating Regions dialog box, you have a Plus and a Minus, a Down Arrow and an Up Arrow and that's actually pretty self-explanatory. The plus is going to add one of these regions to the page, minus is going to take it away and then your up and down arrows can help you sort them. So if you put one in the wrong order, you can move them up or down. So we will click the Plus symbol to create a new repeating region, and I am going to scroll down and here I need to go ahead and change my Artist Info. So I am going to click here to change the -- I am clicking to change the title and I can't change it, nor can I change the image, nor the text. So this isn't so great. Well, when you create a repeating region, everything inside that repeating region is locked down, it's not editable.
So unless it's the same element that you want to repeat over and over again, we have to modify our template and make those areas inside of it editable. So let's just save our artist page, we will hold on to that, and then we will go over to our Files panel and double-click the cheek_artist.dwt. Now, you will find that in the Templates directory. So you may have to open up the Templates directory and double- click cheek_artist. So now we are editing our template again. So let's scroll down to our repeating regions and we will go ahead and start describing some editable regions inside of this.
So let's go ahead and highlight Aimee's name. We will go up to Insert > Template Objects and let's make that an editable region and we will go ahead and call this Artist Name. So Artist Name, go ahead and click OK. Now, there is something we need to pay attention to here. Take a look at your Tag Selector. Your editable region indicated by the MM Template editable tag is now inside the Heading 2. Now, we did that on purpose, but you have to be careful about that, because if you do that, only thing you can do in pages based off of this template is change the inside of the H2, you can't hit Return and create new content.
Now, we need to select the remainder of the content and make that editable as well, and we have got an image and then paragraph and some other things going on here. And I would feel a lot more comfortable doing this in Code view. Design view is nice but you don't always know exactly what you have selected. If you want, you could split screen view or you can do what I am going to do which is just jump over to Code view. So directly after the template and editable H2 at the beginning of the paragraph tag underneath that, I am going to go ahead and highlight that. I am going to go all the way down to select all the remaining content inside that div. So not only that paragraph, but the link tag inside of it for both the buyer and the gallery. So make sure you have that selected. Then I am going to go up to Insert > Template Objects > Editable Region.
I am going to call this editable region Artist Information and we will click OK again. So notice that even in Code view, you can insert editable regions anytime you want to and then if I switch back to Design view, I can see that artist information now surrounds the remainder of my content inside the div tag, and that's perfect. That's exactly what I want. So I am going to save the template and for the first time, Dreamweaver is going to give us a message here. It's going to say hey you placed this editable region inside of a block tag, and that could be a problem.
Now, we did that on purpose, so we are going to click OK. Then we get one more message and it says Hey! You are editing a template that has pages based off of it. Would you like to update those pages as well? We do indeed. So we are going to click Update and off it goes, gives us a nice little report and tells us that it's done. So we will go ahead and close that out. Now, after I am done editing my template, I like to close it. It's really not something you want to leave open, because you can change it by mistake and cause a lot of problems without meaning to. So we are going to close the template file, and we will go back into our artist.htm. Now, all of this information is editable. So we will go ahead, and we will edit this out for our second author. So we will highlight Aimee's name, and we will change it to Ben Wilson. Now, I will select the image, and I will select the image, we need to change the image out.
So I can actually just go down to Property inspector and because the image is in exactly the same location and they are named in a similar fashion. I can just change the name from aimee_head to ben_head and hit Return and Ben's graphic changes out. Feel free to use the Point-to-File icon if you want to link to the actual image. You can find it in the Images directory under Artists, and here are all the headshots of the artists inside of that. We need to remember to change out the links as well. So I will click bio and here I will use the point to file icon.
So when you are linking or changing a link, one of the easiest ways to do that is just click inside the links. I am going to click inside the word bio. I will go down to the Properties inspector and I will choose the point to file icon. Now the point to file icon looks like there is little targeting symbols. I am going to click on that and since we are going to link to Ben's bio page, I will hover over the Bio's folder. It will open up and then I will find Ben. When I release my mouse, the link is changed. We will do the same thing for gallery and I will hover over the Gallery folder and we will choose Ben. There we go.
So let's go ahead and save that. If we wanted to, we could go ahead and keep hitting the Plus symbol and build out every single artist. You can see it wouldn't be that difficult. So using a repeating region for areas like this that need to repeat over and over and over again is a really good idea. So next we need to work on our Artist bio's pages section. Now they have a structure all of their own and our current template doesn't emulate it very well. So we will take a look at using nested templates and optional regions in our next exercise.
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