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Working with Code Collapse


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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

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As you start developing more and more complicated pages, the XHTML to create those pages also becomes more and more complicated. If you start working on dynamic sites for instance, using server languages like ASP.net, or ColdFusion, your code will become even more complicated. Often times you'll need to reference multiple parts of a page at a time, but when your files start reaching more than 100 lines of code, referencing other parts of your page's code starts become difficult, because you have to scroll back and forth to check the relevant lines. Fortunately, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} can collapse blocks of code to get them out of the way, to make it easier for you to manage large files. So, in this movie we'll take a look at how to do this.
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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
10h 22m Beginner Apr 16, 2007

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In Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, instructor Garrick Chow delves into the many powerful features of the latest version of this powerful web design application. He covers everything from the simplest basics of using Dreamweaver CS3 to applying it to develop a fully interactive, accessible site. Garrick explains the new interface features, and demonstrates how to create, edit, manage, design, and publish a professional website with Dreamweaver CS3 and complementary applications. Exercise files accompany the training.

Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Garrick Chow

Working with Code Collapse

As you start developing more and more complicated pages, the XHTML to create those pages also becomes more and more complicated. If you start working on dynamic sites for instance, using server languages like ASP.net, or ColdFusion, your code will become even more complicated. Often times you'll need to reference multiple parts of a page at a time, but when your files start reaching more than 100 lines of code, referencing other parts of your page's code starts become difficult, because you have to scroll back and forth to check the relevant lines. Fortunately, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} can collapse blocks of code to get them out of the way, to make it easier for you to manage large files. So, in this movie we'll take a look at how to do this.

I'm going to close the XHTML file we've been working with up to this point. And, I don't need to bother saving that. I'm going to go ahead and open up abouttea.html, which is a considerably more complicated page. Notice that {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}remembered which view I was looking at in my last document, and it opened up this page in Code view. I can easily switch to Design view to see the page itself. We've seen this page several times up to this point. So, let's go to work primarily in Code view. Now, if you look in here we've got some code here. This is the JavaScript that {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}has written, starting with the opening script tag here, and here is the closing one down here on line 32. This is the JavaScript that {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}writes to handle all the rollovers that occur on this page. Considering that {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}manages all this JavaScript for you, I most likely will never have to do anything in here. I might as well just hide it from view. Very easy to do, I can come in here, and I can choose to either Collapse the full tag, and since I have the full opening and closing tags selected right now, I can choose to collapse that entire selection, and right away, you can see that the code has been collapsed, and I can tell that because there's a gray box around that opening tag. Notice when I roll over it it shows me the first 10 or so lines of the code that hidden, and I also have this little arrow here that lets you toggle this open and closed. If you're on Windows, it will be a plus sign. Also, if you have line numbers showing, you'll notice that it jumps immediately from line 7 to line 33, another visual indicator that you've collapsed some code.

And again, if you need to expand this at all, just click that little toggle to open it, make any changes you need to, or take a look at the code that you need to. If you want to collapse it again, just click that little button again. Let's scroll a little bit further down. Starting here on line 41 is where we see the heading About Tea: history that appears right here. When you're working with on a page that has most of the design completed, you may only care about the content that's unique for the current page. Pretty much all of my pages look like this one, and the only difference for each page is what appears in this cell right here. So, you might find it helpful to collapse everything except for the unique content on the page to keep from getting distracted by all the code surrounding the section that you need to work on. Let's go back to Code view here. I'm going to click somewhere in his tag area.

You notice when I roll over this Collapsed button here it says to collapsed the full tag. I can click it, and sure enough, that collapses that entire tag from line 41 to line 55. Let me open that again. But notice, also what it says here is, if I press the Option key, it collapses outside the tag. That basically means it's going to collapse everything but the tag that I'm currently clicked into. So, holding down Option, or if your Windows you hold on the Alt key, and if I click this button, notice it's collapsed everything that surrounds that tag. Now, I have a nice clean bit of HTML to work with here, and I can look at just the unique elements on the page without worrying about all that extra content.

If I switch back to Design view, nothing is changed here. I haven't changed the code at all, I've just hidden some of it from view, so I can just concentrate on the main content of the page. If I want to expend it again, I can just click to Expand All, and everything gets expanded again. Another option you have if you're clicked in this tag and don't want to use the Code toolbar here, you can simply right-click in here, and go to the Selection menu, and from here, I can choose to Collapse Full Tag, or Collapse Outside Full Tag again, for the same result. If you end up collapsing a tag by accident, if you're like me you're wired to press Command or Ctrl + Z to undo any changes that you make. But, if I try to press that right now, my Undo key does not work. You can't undo a collapse.

So, Ctrl + Z or Command + Z isn't going to do anything for you. The only way to re-expand this is to click the Expand All button, or to right-click and choose it through the menus there. You're not going to hurt anything by pressing Command + Z, but if you're like me it's a little bit frustrating when you want to going to change back to the way it was right away, and Command or Ctrl + Z doesn't work. Just be aware of that. You can see that there can be some major advantages of being able to collapse your code. Again, it's a very easy way to just get rid of all this what might look like gibberish on your page, and just focus on the code that's actually useful to you. Alright, I'm going to switch back to Design view, and we'll keep this page open for the next movie, in which we'll talk about yet another way to edit our code.

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