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Working with Layout Tables

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Video: Working with Layout Tables

In this movie, we're going to take a look at a feature called layout cells and layout tables, to create a table for the layout of our teacloud website. It's not going to be exactly the same as the table layout we've been working with up to this point, since those were created by hand. But it will be similar and it'll show you another way to quickly put together a table-based layout. We're going to go ahead and close the index file we were working with in the previous movie, and in my Files panel we have a file called layout.html. We'll open that up. This is just another version of that exact same page with the tracing image already added for us. To use layout tables and layout cells, we need to change into our Layout mode. We do this by going to the View menu, choosing Table Mode, and selecting Layout Mode.

Working with Layout Tables

In this movie, we're going to take a look at a feature called layout cells and layout tables, to create a table for the layout of our teacloud website. It's not going to be exactly the same as the table layout we've been working with up to this point, since those were created by hand. But it will be similar and it'll show you another way to quickly put together a table-based layout. We're going to go ahead and close the index file we were working with in the previous movie, and in my Files panel we have a file called layout.html. We'll open that up. This is just another version of that exact same page with the tracing image already added for us. To use layout tables and layout cells, we need to change into our Layout mode. We do this by going to the View menu, choosing Table Mode, and selecting Layout Mode.

Now the first time you select Layout mode, you'll see this message that tells you about Getting Started in Layout Mode, and it basically tells you how to draw layout cells and layout tables and how to get back into the Standard mode. You can take your own time to read that, but I'm going to be showing you how to do this anyway. We'll go ahead, and click on OK. Notice it tells you up here that you're in Layout mode, just so that you are aware of that, in case you forget. If you look in our toolbar, we see these buttons now. We've got Draw Layout Table. We have Draw Layout Cell. In order to draw layout cells, we need to have a layout table. We're going to start by selecting Draw Layout Table. What we need to do, is just draw a rectangle over the area in which we want our layout table to be. You want this table to cover as much as you of your layout area as you need.

In this case, we want to cover this area over the tracing image. I'll place the cursor in the very upper left hand corner, lined right up with the tracing image, click and drag out. We'll drag down to this lower right hand corner, like so. There's my layout table. You see it as Layout Table right there. It's sort of graded out here, so I see exactly where the table is, and it's surrounded by this green border. Once we have our layout table drawn, it's time to draw our layout cells. The cool thing about layout cells is you only need to draw cells where you want to put content.

If you're trying to re-create this page with a regular table, you have to figure out: how many columns am I going to need? How many rows am I going to need? And so on, just to properly position the images, and the text, and all the other elements. But in the case of working with layout cells, you only need to draw cells around the areas where you actually want to place content, and {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} will fill out the rest of the table automatically for you. Let's start with our navigation area here. I'm going to draw a box around where the buttons are going to go. I'll click, drag out. That will line right up to the upper border of the layout table. I'll release, and you can see I have this blue border around here, indicating that I have a layout cell there. Click the Draw Layout Cell button again, and we'll drag another layout cell around the logo. There it is. Then we'll continue drawing our layout cells.

Now, just so you know, if you have a lot of layout cells to draw, it can get annoying and tedious to come up here and constantly have to select the Draw Layout Cell button every time you want to draw a layout cell. What you can do is, if you hold down the Command key on a Mac, or the Ctrl key on Windows, as you're drawing your cell, the layout cell tool will continue to be selected after you draw each cell, and then you can continue drawing more and more cells, without having to click the button each time. I'm going to come up here to the border of the first cell I drew. We'll draw another one that will encompass this area down here. We'll just include the Welcome to teacloud area, and the image, just like so.

Because I had commands selected, I still have my Draw Layout Cell tool available. I can now come in and draw one more layout cell. I'll just draw that around the text area here. There it is. Because I wasn't holding down the Command key or the Control key this time, my Draw Layout Cell tool is no longer selected. What {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} has done here is that it's created an actual table for me. You can see the widths of each of the columns that it created here. All I had to worry about is drawing the cells where I wanted the content to be. Now I can just start adding content. Let's take care of the navigation bar first. I'll come back to our Assets panel.

Just like we did in the previous movie, we'll just find all the out images here. Here's a aboutus-out.gif. We'll just drag that into that cell. There it is. We'll find ourproducts-out.gif. Drag that in. abouttea-out.gif. Finally, we have brewingtea-out.gif. There are the images, and just like we did in the previous movie, we need to center these images, and we also want to change the background color of the cell, so that it matches the color of the buttons. To do that, we need to select the cell. I'm just going to drag my cursor until I see a red highlighter on that cell. I'll click. That cell is now selected, so I can see its properties down in the Property inspector.

You'll notice that the Properties inspector is different for table cells when you're in Layout mode, versus when you're in Standard mode. You have a few extra options, and quite a few of the options are missing, such as background image, header options. For this reason, it's not really possible to work only in layout modes, since you don't get access to all the tables and its properties. They give you what you need to work in Layout mode. In this case, I want to set my Horizontal alignment to Center, and I'll set my Vert alignment to bottom, to align those images to the bottom of the cell. We'll click the color well here, and we'll sample that color, right under those buttons.

There it is. We'll continue adding our images here. We've got a logo we can add into the logo cell. We'll find that, drag that in, and we don't really need to color that cell because that image takes up the entire space of that cell. We've got another image to add. This is called landing.jpg, and it's basically the Welcome to teacloud, and the photo here. Let's drag that into this cell here, like so. Now unfortunately, this image isn't lining up as nicely with the tracing image, you can see it's actually a little bit higher up. What we need to do is adjust the center table cell to bring the image down a little bit. Very easy to do when you're working with layout tables. All you need to do is select that cell, and I can put my cursor right on top of the center blue handle, and drag down. I can just drag down until it lines up where I want it to be. That's about where I want it to be right there. Then {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} just fills in an extra cell here to take care that space. In this last cell, we can just type in the text exactly the way we see it, but you get the idea. I don't have to type the whole thing in. At this point, we can still select the text and we can format the text font face, or size, or whatever we want to do. If we go and preview this in our browser, you can see what it looks like. There is. If I go to Code view, you can see that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} has created a basic regular table here.

This is compatible with pretty much any browser out there, which is one of the advantages of working with layout tables over, say, working with your AP divs. This is less of a concern these days it has been in the past, but older browsers, basically anything earlier than a 4.0 version of the browser, would not be compatible with AP div layouts. But they are definitely compatible with layout tables. I'm going to keep this page open for the next exercise, and we'll talk a bit more about working with layout tables and layout table widths.

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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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